In case you didn’t know, or just aren’t that into sports, last night was Super Bowl LI. The biggest game of the NFL season took place and pitted the Atlanta Falcons going head to head against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. It was a battle of different disciplines as the veteran, and battle-tested Patriots looked to add to their modern legacy of domination. On the other side of the ball, the Atlanta Falcons came into the big with a youthful, fast, high-octane presence like none other this season. The game was surely something that kept us all engaged and entertained until the very final moments; making for quite a memorable Super Bowl in the process.
Things started off a bit slow as both teams didn’t showcase their firepower until late in the first quarter. Once things opened up a bit, it was Atlanta’s fast, and often scoring offense that struck first. The Falcons led by NFL MVP Matt Ryan marched down the field and took an early lead, jumping out to a 21-0 lead with just over two minutes left in the first half. The Pats would then march back down the field and get a field goal before going into halftime. Things took a bit of a change starting in the third quarter. The Patriots then took things down the field at the end of the third and scored on a 5-yard completion from Brady to James White. After stalling shy of the end zone, the Patriots would settle for a field goal early in the fourth quarter bring things to a 28-12 lead with Atlanta grasping to a shrinking lead. After a forced fumble by Dont’a Hightower, who hit Matt Ryan’s arm as he threw, the Pat’s recovered and put the game into a whole different mode.
The Pats them marched up the field and finished things off as Danny Amendola caught a six-yard TD Pass. LeGarrette Blount got the two-point conversion, and things got interesting. Atlanta seemed to go dry as New England stepped it up with some impressive play and one hell of a catch from Julian Edelman. Brady and the Patriots then took the field again, marching back up field to tie the game up with an impressive drive, touchdown and two-point conversion to tie things up. The game then headed into extra time for the first time in Super Bowl history. New England started off overtime with the ball, and they picked up right where they left off. Tom Brady again led his team up the field with some spot on passing and brilliantly run routes along the way. After a huge pass interference call against the Falcons in the end zone Brady and the Pats smashed their way into the end zone to wrap up another title.
Tom Brady finished the game with 466 yards pass with two touchdowns and one interception. The receiving core really did their thing for New England with James White racking up 110 yards on 14 receptions. Julian Edelman had five big catches for 87 yards with Danny Amendola’s late catch really proved to be the biggest of the game. On the other side of the ball, the Falcon’s Matt Ryan threw for 284 yards while Devonta Freeman ran for 75 yards on 11 carries. Julio Jones had a good night with 87 yards on four catches, while Taylor Gabriel, Austin Hooper, Mohamed Sanu and Patrick DiMarco brought in catches as well.
Both teams fought through a grueling season and brought their A-game in the final battle. What seemed to be an easy bout at first turned into one of the best and most incredible comebacks that we have seen in Super Bowl history. Congrats to the New England Patriots for yet another Super Bowl victory!