Super Bowl LI: Patriots win after unprecedented comeback

The New England Patriots won a fifth crown after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime following a remarkable 25-point comeback at Super Bowl LI in Houston on Sunday.

Nobody could have imagined the result after a devastating first-half performance saw Atlanta lead the Pats 21-3 at half time.

Pre-game favourites New England and quarterback Tom Brady struggled from the off, and after a scoreless first quarter it was Atlanta who drew first blood when Devonta Freeman skipped into the end zone from five yards with 12:15 on the clock.

The Falcons then doubled their lead to 14-0 after superb work from the Falcons defence had stopped the Patriots. Quarterback Matt Ryan drove Atlanta down the field before finding Austin Hooper at the second attempt from 19 yards.

To rub salt in the wounds, Atlanta extended their lead even further with just 2:22 of the half remaining as Robert Altman intercepted Brady’s attempted pass and ran it home from 82 yards to give the Falcons a seemingly unassailable 21-0 lead.

New England finally got on the board just before half-time with a 41-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski to make the score 21-3 at the break.

The Falcons picked up where they left off in the second half, haring down the field after Julian Edelman’s drop to score a fourth touchdown through Tevin Coleman, collecting a Ryan pass to go over from six yards.

The Patriots and Brady then began to turn things around, scoring their first touchdown with 2:06 left of the third quarter through James White, although kicker Stephen Gostkoski hit the post with the kick to leave the scores at 28-9.

Gostkoski then made amends after Brady was sacked with a 33-yard field goal to bring the scores to 28-12 before New England made thing interesting with a second touchdown from Danny Amendola while James White ran over for two points to bring the Patriots to within a touchdown at 28-20.

The Patriots then completed an unbelievable turn around to pull it level after James White went over from a yard and Danny Amendola repeated White’s two-point heroics, meaning the Patriots had recovered from a 25-point deficit – the previous best in a Super Bowl being just 10 points.

The amazing comeback saw the Super Bowl go into overtime for the first time ever.

And it was New England who took the Super Bowl after a revitalised Brady drove them downfield before James White burrowed across the line for his third TD of the night to cap a record-breaking comeback.

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