Well, if I learned anything from watching Super Bowl 51 last night, it’s that no matter how bad something is going, things can ALWAYS turn around.
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots couldn’t have played a worse first half in yesterday’s Super Bowl. He seemed rattled. He had constant pressure from the Falcons defense and his throws throws were way off target.
It was not the Tom Brady we were accustomed to watching.
The Atlanta Falcons completely dominated the first half of play: causing a fumble, intercepting a Brady pass, and building a halftime score of 21-3.
I’m not sure what happened in the Patriot locker room at the half.
Maybe they were inspired by Lady Gaga’s electric halftime show. Or perhaps they said to themselves, “We are the effin NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – winners of FOUR Super Bowls.”
Or maybe it was Coach Bill Belichick telling them that 21 points were not enough to beat them.
The greatest comeback in Super Bowl history didn’t begin until the score reached 28-12. That’s when Falcons QB Matt Ryan was sacked on his own 25 yard line and fumbled the ball.
It was the first time the Falcons had turned the ball over in this postseason.
That was the spark that Tom Brady needed.
Following the turnover, Brady found Danny Amendola for a 6-yard touchdown pass with 5:56 left. And after the two-point conversion, it was an eight-point game.
Atlanta could score on their next possession and had to punt giving the Patriots time for one final drive to force overtime.
This is what Tom Brady lives for.
His push down the field included one of the best catches in Super Bowl history. Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman managed to fight off three Atlanta defenders, going through the legs of one of them, to scoop up the ball before it hit the ground.
With :57 left the Patriots scored. The two-point conversion pass from Brady to Amendola tied it up and we were headed to overtime.
Next came the coin-toss – probably the biggest coin toss EVER for both of these teams.
The NFL rule states “both teams have the opportunity to possess the ball at least once in overtime unless the team that receives the overtime kickoff scores a touchdown on its first possession.”
That’s just what the Patriots did.
They marched down the field cutting up an exhausted Falcons defense and scored on a handoff to running back James White to win the game.
Another look at the game-winner: https://t.co/PPqeBZX31f
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) February 6, 2017
It was the first time a Super Bowl went to overtime.
Tom Brady became the first quarterback to win five Super Bowl titles. He was named Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time, the most all time.
He threw for 466 yards — a Super Bowl record — and two touchdowns.
As Tom Brady said himself, “it was one helluva of a football game.”
And as long as you weren’t an Atlanta Falcons Fans, you had one helluva good time watching it.