The New England Patriots played the Atlanta Falcons for the NFL championship last Sunday, and it was a good game, to say the least. The New England Patriots won Super Bowl LI in the first overtime in Super Bowl History. The final score was 34-28, and the Patriots had 31 unanswered points. The improbable comeback was nothing short of spectacular, and it was one of the best imaginable ways to the end the NFL season!
At the end of the first quarter, two early stops by both teams kept the score 0-0. In the second quarter, the Falcons exploded for 21 straight points, including a pick-six. The Patriots rebounded by kicking a field goal with two seconds left in the half. An even third quarter kept the game close, with the Patriots scoring six and the Falcons scoring seven. The Patriot’s had the perfect quarter in the fourth quarter, scoring 19 points while allowing none. Tom Brady and his Patriots finished the Falcons off with a touchdown on the first possession of overtime.
Tom Brady, the Super Bowl LI MVP, threw for a Super Bowl record 466 yards. As impressive as this stat is, Brady had one of his worse games of the season. The MVP candidate only threw two touchdowns. Terrific Tom has often thrown for more touchdowns in big games. Also, Brady, who only threw 2 interceptions in the regular season, threw an interception which ended up being returned for six points by Robert Alford.
The Patriots bench the league leader in touchdowns, LeGarrette Blount, for young running back James White, who many think should have earned Super Bowl MVP. White ran for two touchdowns and caught one. James White also broke the record for receptions in a Super Bowl with 14; he also caught a touchdown. Julian Edelman, wide receiver for the Patriots, probably had the best play of the night when he caught a diver in triple coverage off a tipped pass. This is a must see play; many are calling this catch better than Odell’s catch back in January of 2014.
The Falcons were lead by Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman, and Julio Jones, who all played good games. Matt Ryan threw 284 yards and two touchdowns on only 23 pass attempts; he completed 17. Freeman ran for 75 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, consistently making plays that gave momentum to his team. Freeman ran for 37 yards on the falcons first offensive play from scrimmage. Despite Jones only having four catches, we have to remember the style in which Jones caught his passes. Julio was double-teamed on almost every play and made numerous sideline catches that would have been impossible for anybody else. Jones showed what a special player he was, racking up 84 yards. Julio Jones was also a clear leader for his team throughout the game; he was constantly the first to congratulate a teammate in the end zone following a touchdown. The reason the Falcons lost, besides play-calling in the final quarter, was the lack of production by some inconsistent defenders. Players such Brian Poole, Jonathan Babineaux and Keanu Neal all had poor games. This was one of the main contributors to the Falcons’ loss.