Feb 5, 2017

super bowl 51 final


The New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions, beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime and giving the combination of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady their fifth championship.

Scroll down for all the images and big plays from the big game.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Falcons forced a fumble and later scored on a Devonta Freeman run to take a 7-0 lead. Matt Ryan would later hit Austin Hooper for a 19-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone to make it 14-0 mid-way through the second quarter.

Things have not gone so well for the Patriots. Their first four drives included three punts, two Tom Brady sacks, and one fumble. Then, late in the second quarter, with the Patriots driving, Tom Brady threw an interception that was returned 82 yards for a touchdown and an enormous 21-0 lead.

The Patriots finally got a field goal on the final play of the first half and the score was 21-3 heading to halftime.

The Patriots needed a strong start to the second half. Instead, the two teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter. But Stephen Gostkowski missed the extra point for the Pats and it was 28-9 late in the third. A field goal mid-way through the fourth quarter made it 28-12.

But with about eight minutes to go, the Patriots got a sack-fumble, a touchdown, and a two-point conversion, and all of the sudden it was a one-score game, 28-20.

Then, after a miracle catch from Julian Edelman, the Patriots got a touchdown and a two-point conversion with just under a minute to play to tie the game, 28-28. And for the first time in the history of the Super Bowl, the game went to overtime.

In overtime, the Patriots drove the length of the field and got a pass interference call on the two-yard line. That set up the game-winning, walk-off touchdown from White and the comeback was complete.