by COOPER ROSS
The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in Super Bowl LI. In an unexpected turn of events the Pats came back from 25 points down. In a span of 11 minutes, the Tom Brady led the Pats offense, scored 31 unanswered points. He also picked up his fourth Super Bowl MVP.
Patriots future Canton bound quarterback, Tom Brady, set the Super Bowl record for most completions as well as most attempts. The Pats offense heavily relied on Brady since their run game was getting shut down by the quick and strong Atlanta front seven. This season’s touchdown leader, LeGarrette Blount, ran for a meager 31 yards on 11 attempts and no touchdowns with a long of 9 yards. Brady lit up the Falcon’s secondary with 466 yards and 2 touchdowns on a 69% completion rate.
This was the first Super Bowl to go to overtime, but if you looked at the time of possession and number of plays ran by each team you would think the Patriots absolutely destroyed the Falcons. The Patriots had the ball for 40 minutes; Falcons, 23. The Patriots had 37 first downs; Falcons, 17. The closeness of the game was mainly due to the follies of New England’s offense in the first half, losing two fumbles as well as 6 picks.
In one of the worst football losses of all time, the Patriots outlasted the Falcons to win their franchise’s 5th championship. In the Falcon’s second visit to the big game, they once again came up short.