When your down by 25 points with 23 minutes remaining, you have to be pretty special to come back and win. The New England Patriots like them or not, are pretty special. It was a special night overall, with an entertaining halftime show, a live commercial and one that was produced during the game and a spectacular comeback win in overtime. Oh yeah, the Pats beat the Falcons 34-28.
The Patriots won because of Dont’a Hightower’s critical strip-sack and Julian Edelman’s Velcro hands and the clock management and coaching of a maestro, Bill Belichick, but mostly because of a truism that has beleaguered the league’s other 31 teams for 16 years running: the Patriots have Brady (43 of 62 for 466 yards), and no one else does, not even the Falcons, who boasted the N.F.L.’s most valuable player in Matt Ryan.
In the first half the Falcons were as efficient as possible, scoring 21 points quickly. The Patriots, after mustering only a field goal on their first seven drives, scored on their final five possessions. The Atlanta defense was gassed, as the Pats ran 96 plays to the 46 the Falcons ran. After the turn over, the Pats took control of the game. Atlanta did lead 28-9 with 10 minutes left before the Patriots unleashed 10 minutes of mayhem. Then, Brady with two timeouts and 3:30 left, chasing an 8-point deficit, took his team 91 yards on a drive extended by the Edelman Velcro catch as absurd as the comeback itself. Think David Tyree.
As they say, the rest is History as James White scored with 57 seconds left and Danny Amendola converted the tying 2-point conversion, the Patriots called heads, won the coin toss and never let Atlanta touch the ball again in the first ever over time Super Bowl game.
So, at the end of the greatest Super Bowl ever were two familiar faces…Brady and Belichick, the greatest Head coach-QB duo, once again holding the greatest trophy in sports, the Lombardi Trophy.
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