England Patriots pulled off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history with a
stunning overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday that saw Tom Brady
cement his status as the game's all-time greatest quarterback.
Brady, the 34-28 win earned him Super Bowl MVP honors for an unprecedented
fourth time, a quarterback-record fifth NFL title and also a bit of sweet
revenge after serving a four-game ban to start the season for his role in the Deflategate
"Thank you to all our
fans. Everyone back in Boston, New England, we love you. You've been with us
all year," an emotional Brady said as he raised the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
"We're bringing this sucker home."
Patriots, who seemed to have nothing go their way all night and trailed 28-3 in
the third quarter, came alive with a 19-point burst in the fourth, including a
pair of two-point conversions, to force the first overtime in Super Bowl
overtime, the Patriots started with the ball and ended the game eight plays
later when James White put the finishing touches on a stunning rally when he
rumbled into the end zone for his third touchdown of the night on a two-yard
victory denied the Falcons a maiden NFL title and made Brady, at 39, the second
oldest at his position to win the NFL's biggest prize.
"We all brought each other
back," Brady said as a shower of confetti fell on the field inside NRG
Stadium. "We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle."
a performance for the ages for Brady as he set Super Bowl records for most
completions (43) and most yards passing (466) in a Super Bowl.
shared the record book and the win with Bill Belichick who also picked up his
fifth Super Bowl victory to move past Chuck Noll of Pittsburgh Steelers for
most by a coach.
"It's all about these
players. We've got great players," said Belichick. "They're tough and
"We thought they competed
for 60 minutes but it took more tonight. Down 28-3 they never looked back."
points being the previous biggest comeback to win a Super Bowl, the Falcons and
their fans could be excused if they were getting ready to party after Tevin
Coleman put Atlanta ahead 28-3 around the midway mark of the third quarter.
no lead is safe with Brady at the controls, the New England quarterback would
not go down without a fight, finding White for his first touchdown pass of the
game late in the third quarter to cut the Falcons lead to 28-9.
nailed a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to set up a nail-biting
finish to regulation in which Brady threw a six-yard scoring pass to Danny
Amendola and White ran in for a touchdown in the final minute.
who lost their only previous trip to the Super Bowl in 1999 and entered this
game as a three-point underdog, blew open a scoreless game with three second
quarterback Matt Ryan, who was named league MVP on Saturday, had the NFL's
top-ranked offense firing on all cylinders as Devonta Freeman and Austin Hooper
each scored touchdowns before Robert Alford picked off a Brady pass and ran 82
yards to put the Falcons ahead 21-0.
Patriots finally got on the board with two seconds left in the half when they
were forced to settle for a 41-yard Gostkowski field goal.
Atlanta offense continued to hum along in the third quarter when Ryan connected
with Tevin Coleman. But it would not be enough as New England hit back with 31
halftime, we weren't down (mentally) at all," said Brady. "We were
disappointed in the way we played and knew that we could go out and do a lot
better in the second half."-AN