March 27, 2017

Patriots Win Super Bowl in Improbable Comeback

Houston, TX—For two and a half quarters of football, the Atlanta Falcons looked unstoppable and the New England Patriots looked dispirited. But with the Falcons up 28–3, the Patriots began to chip away, ultimately piecing together far and away the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, winning 34–28 in overtime.

In what will go down as one of the most memorable games in NFL history, there were a number of historic firsts. Among them:

  • First Super Bowl to be decided in overtime
  • Quarterback Tom Brady became first four-time Super Bowl MVP
  • Coach Bill Belicheck became first five-time Super Bowl winner
  • First time any team has been down by more than 10 points and won
  • Most passing yards by one quarterback: 466
  • Most pass attempts by one quarterback: 62
  • Most completions by one quarterback: 43
  • Most points by a player: James White had 20 on three touchdowns and a two point conversion.

It was a particularly remarkable turnaround for Brady, who looked increasingly frustrated as the game wore on as the speedy Falcons were shredding his offensive line, leading to rushed plays and ultimately, the quarterback’s first ever pick-6 in postseason play. But when the tide turned it turned decisively; in the fourth quarter alone Brady amassed 196 yards through the air, ending with a total of 466.

While New England’s running game faltered for most of the game, running back James White emerged as Brady’s key aerial target late, amassing a Super Bowl record 14 receptions, and finishing with three touchdowns (two on the ground and one through the air).