Super Bowl 51 saw the most thrilling battle in the history of the NFL take place as the New England Patriots battled the Atlanta Falcons in Texas to take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Both teams were scoreless at the end of the first quarter but in the second, Atlanta began to pull away. Their first drive went for 71 yards and was capped by a Devonta Freeman five yard run to put the Falcons up 7-0. The next scoring drive was a touchdown strike to Austin Hooper which extended the lead to 14-0.
Then a pick six saw Atlanta run the score up to 21-0. The Patriots managed to get on the board just before the half with a field goal to make it 21-3 and many fans all over the NFL were delighted.
The second half didn’t start much better for the Pats as Ryan led his team on an eight play, 85 yard drive, capping it with a touchdown pass to Coleman from six yards and putting the Falcons up 28-3. It seemed to be all but over however the Pats finally got something going and Brady took them down the field finishing with a touchdown pass to James White.
The Patriot defense got a stop afterwards and Brady took over again however they were held to three and the Falcons still had what seemed to be a comfortable 28-12 lead. However with eight minutes to go in the fourth, the Falcons made a mistake. Hightower got in on Ryan for a sack/strip which was recovered by Alan Branch and put the Patriots right in scoring position.
The Patriots got down into the end zone and made it 28-20 with just under six minutes left. Was it too little too late? At first it seemed to be the case as Freeman made a 39 yard catch and run. Julio Jones then made a stunning catch but on the subsequent play Ryan took a terrible 11 yard sack to knock the Falcons out of field goal range. A holding penalty pushed them further back and on 3rd and 33, Ryan missed his mark and the Falcons were left to punt with three and a half minutes to go.
With three and a half minutes at Brady’s disposal, the fans knew that the chance for history was there. From their own 9 yard line, the Patriots started to drive. A crucial 3rd and 10 conversion to Hogan kept the drive going early. Then Edelman made one of the most incredible Super Bowl catches ever seen. With 57 seconds on the clock, Danny Amendola tied it up with a catch and run for two after another touchdown.
It was the first Super Bowl to go to overtime and the Patriots won the coin toss. The momentum had shifted, the Patriots were hot and it felt as though that coin toss decided it all. Nothing was going to hold Brady back from his destiny now as the Patriots marched downfield claiming their fifth Super Bowl title, winning 34-28 in the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.
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