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Falcons and Patriots Historical Super Bowl LI

Biggest Comeback in Super Bowl History

Here are the highlights of the historical Falcons and Patriots Super Bowl LI game. Heading into the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI, the Atlanta Falcons were just 15 minutes away from pulling off one of the most improbable Super Bowl wins in recent memory. But by the end of the fourth quarter, the Falcons ended up being just minutes away from the biggest collapse in Super Bowl history.

Trailing 28-9 at the start of the fourth quarter, the New England Patriots scored 19 unanswered points in the final period of Super Bowl LI, sending the game into the first-ever overtime period in Super Bowl history. The Patriots won the coin toss in overtime, elected to receive the football, and ended the game eight plays later with a two-yard touchdown run by James White, sealing their Super Bowl LI win.

Falcons and Patriots Historical Super Bowl LI With 6:04 remaining in the third quarter, the Patriots actually trailed the Falcons by a 28-3 score. The 25-point comeback by New England is easily the largest deficit that a team has overcome to win a Super Bowl in league history.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finished the game completing 43 of 62 passing attempts for 466 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception on Sunday, earning him the game’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. That was Brady’s fourth MVP selection, surpassing the great Joe Montana for the most Super Bowl MVP awards by any player in NFL history. Brady’s total attempts, completions, and passing yards all set new Super Bowl records.

First Half Falcons Led 21-3

After a scoreless first quarter, the proverbial floodgates seemed to burst open in Atlanta’s favor. The Falcons scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the quarter, going 133 total yards in only ten plays. Running back Devonta Freeman broke the scoring open with a five yard touchdown run, and then quarterback Matt Ryan threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Austin Hooper on the second drive.  Then, down 14-0, Brady threw an interception on the Patriots ensuing drive which was returned 82 yards for a touchdown by Falcons cornerback Robert Alford, giving Atlanta a seemingly commanding 21-0 lead with only 2:21 left in the first half. Despite possessing the ball for only 10 minutes and 25 seconds in the first half, the Falcons went into halftime with a 21-3 lead.

Second Half Patriot’s 25 Point Comeback

After both teams traded three-and-outs to start the second half, Atlanta extended their lead to 28-3 after Matt Ryan threw a six-yard touchdown pass to running back Tevin Coleman. But from that point forward, New England scored points on five of their next six drives; the only drive they didn’t score points on was when they knelt on the ball with only three second left in regulation, to send the game to overtime.

The Patriots finished drive spanning 75 yards on 13 plays with a five yard touchdown pass from Brady to White. That cut the lead to 28-9, after kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed the extra point.

On the Patriots next drive, Gostkowski hit a 33-yard field goal, cutting the lead to 28-12. When the Falcons got the ball back, one of the key plays that changed the entire game took place. Patriot’s linebacker, Donta Hightowe, sacked Ryan and stripped him of the football, which New England defensive lineman, Alan Branch, recovered at the Falcons 25-yard line.

Five plays later, Brady threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Danny Amendola, and White ran in the two-point conversion, making the score 28-20. The Falcons actually responded with a drive that seemingly would’ve put the game away. They got deep into New England territory — as far as Patriots’ 22-yard line — but were then pushed back 23 yards, and out of field goal range, thanks to a sack and a holding penalty. That forced them to punt the football to New England, giving the Patriots the football back with 3:30 left in the game.

Even after getting the ball back on their own nine-yard line, the Patriots methodically went the distance of the field on only 10 plays. White ran in the touchdown to end the drive from one yard out, and then Brady completed the two-point conversion via a pass to Amendola, to tie the game at 28.

Overtime History

New England won the coin toss in overtime, and elected to receive the football. Once they got the ball, it was basically time to warm up the proverbial fat lady for Atlanta.

Regardless of all the recent controversies surrounding Brady, head coach Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots organization as a whole, it appears that the legacy of all three is now cemented. Brady should go down as the greatest quarterback of all time. Belichick should go down as the most successful head coach of all time. This Patriots dynasty, spanning from 2001 ’til today, should go down as the greatest NFL dynasty of all time.

Now that the Super Bowl is over we will have to wait seven months for the next NFL season to begin.  NFL fans do not have to wait for the season to begin to order a customized NFL jersey with your name on it at http://recreationandsportsworld.com/custom-nfl-football-jerseys

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Atlanta Falcons Clearly Dominated Divisional Playoff

Atlanta Falcon were the Better Team

The way the Falcons dismantled the battle-tested Seattle Seahawks last Saturday afternoon should raise eyebrows everywhere. It’s not just about the fact that Atlanta avenged their loss to the Seahawks in Seattle from earlier this season.Atlanta Falcons Dominated Seahawks It’s the way they moved the ball, seemingly at will, against the vaunted Seahawks defense all game long. It’s also not just about the fact that Atlanta’s defense harassed Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson all game long, stymieing him in a way that we’re just not accustomed to seeing. It’s about the fact that, for 50 minutes or so of the 60-minute-long football game, the Falcons were clearly and definitively the better football team.

Fans of other NFL teams have now been put on notice: these are not your father’s or older brother’s Atlanta Falcons. The 2016-2017 version of this team doesn’t have any aspirations of being lumped in with their went-home-too-early predecessors.

First Half

It didn’t necessarily start out looking like that for Atlanta. After winning the coin toss and deferring to receive the ball in the second half, Atlanta gave Seattle the ball to start the game, and the Seahawks picked things up from where they left off last week against Detroit: with a 14-play, 89-yard drive that ended in a seven-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Jimmy Graham. The drive essentially consumed two-thirds of the first quarter, with the Seahawks converting on three different third down opportunities.

The Atlanta Falcons did respond with a beautifully-executed 13-play, 75-yard drive of their own, ending in a seven-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Ryan to Julio Jones. But two plays later, on Seattle’s ensuing possession, a potential big play seemed to change the entire outcome of the game. With the ball near midfield, Wilson connected on a deep pass to wide receiver Paul Richardson, who fell down around Atlanta’s 19 yard line, but got up seemingly untouched and ran the ball in for a touchdown. However, when the officials reviewed the play, Richardson was ruled as being down by contact at the 19 yard line, taking the touchdown off the board. Wilson was sacked on the next play, and Seattle had to settle for a field goal, taking a 10-7 lead.

Atlanta did go three-and-out on the next drive, but from that point on, the Falcons took over the game and never relinquished control. The Seahawks got the ball back on their own seven yard line, thanks to the Atlanta punt, and on second down, Wilson got his foot stepped on by his offensive lineman, falling down in the end zone and surrendering a Safety to the Falcons. That cut the lead to 10-9, and after Atlanta added a field goal right after getting the ball back after the Safety, they pushed the lead out to 12-10, and never trailed again.

Second Half

After Seattle’s first three-and-out of the afternoon, Atlanta went right back to work, moving the ball 99 yards down the field on only nine plays, ending the drive with a 14 yard pass from Ryan to running back Tevin Coleman. Coming into the game, Seattle had only allowed one drive of 99 yards through the entire course of the 2016 season. To make matters worse, Atlanta — having deferred the football to start the game — got the ball back to start the second half, and put together another 75-yard drive that ended in a touchdown, coming on a one-yard plunge by running back Devonta Freeman. Less than six minutes into the third quarter, the Seahawks were now facing a 16-point deficit.

The Seattle Seahawks responded with an 80-yard drive that ended in a Steven Hauschka field goal, but Matt Bryant added another field goal on the very next drive, and then Ryan connected with Mohamed Sanu on a three-yard touchdown drive on Atlanta’s next possession, pushing the lead out to a lopsided 36-13 margin. Wilson’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 19 second left did manage the make the score a bit more respectable at 36-20, but from the second quarter onwards, the outcome of the game was never really in question.

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With Green Bay upsetting the Dallas Cowboys, the Atlanta Falcons now have the opportunity to further shock the world, when they host the NFC Championship game next Sunday.

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Atlanta Falcons Custom Football Jersey

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Atlanta Falcons Football Team

The Atlаntа Fаlсоnѕ are a рrоfеѕѕіоnаl fооtbаll tеаm thаt jоіnеd thе Nаtіоnаl Fооtbаll Lеаguе (NFL) аѕ аn expansion tеаm іn 1965 whісh іѕ оwnеd bу Arthur Blank. In their 51 уеаrѕ оf еxіѕtеnсе, the Falcons hаvе соmріlеd a record оf 316–414–6, wіnnіng division сhаmріоnѕhірѕ іn 1980, 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2012. Thеіr оnlу Suреr Bоwl арреаrаnсе wаѕ durіng the 1998 ѕеаѕоn іn Super Bоwl XXXIII tо thе Denver Brоnсоѕ.

atlanta-falcons-football-jerseyThе Fаlсоnѕ were bоrn оf a dіѕрutе about whісh type of professional football tеаm should рlау in Atlаntа'ѕ Atlanta-Fulton Cоuntу Stаdіum: an NFL tеаm оr аn Amеrісаn Fооtbаll Lеаguе (AFL) tеаm. With ѕоmе convincing frоm NFL commissioner Pеtе Rozelle, Atlanta chose thе NFL. Under thе оwnеrѕhір Rankin Smіth Sr., the Fаlсоnѕ' fіrѕt dау as a frаnсhіѕе wаѕ June 30, 1965.

Thе Fаlсоnѕ play thеіr hоmе gаmеѕ аt thе Gеоrgіа Dome іn downtown Atlanta. Cоnѕtruсtіоn began on Mеrсеdеѕ-Bеnz Stаdіum іn May 2014, wіth play рrоjесtеd tо bеgіn thеrе during the 2017 season. Thеіr headquarters and рrасtісе fасіlіtіеѕ аrе lосаtеd аt a 50-асrе site in Flоwеrу Brаnсh, Gеоrgіа.

Pеrѕоnnеl

Ownеr: Arthur Blаnk, CEO: Rich McKay, Gеnеrаl mаnаgеr: Thоmаѕ Dіmіtrоff

Head соасh: Dаn Quinn

Division: NFC South

Mаѕсоt: Freddie Falcon

Lосаtіоn: Atlаntа, Gеоrgіа, Unіtеd Stаtеѕ

Stadiums: Mеrсеdеѕ-Bеnz Stаdіum, Gеоrgіа Dоmе

Hіѕtоrісаl Wіn/Lоѕе Rесоrd:  (W-L-T): 336-436-6

Fаmоuѕ players 

No. Player Name Position Tenure Year Inducted
Norm Van Brocklin Head Coach 1968-1974 1971
25 Tommy McDonald WR 1967 1998
29 Eric Dickerson RB 1993 1999
21 Deion Sanders CB 1989-1993 2011
56 Chris Doleman DE 1994-1995 2012
87 Claude Humphrey DE 1968-1978 2014
4 Brett Favre QB 1991

 

The Atlanta Falcons have had 15 Head Coaches

Coach Years Notes
Norb Hесkеr 1966–1968 Fired аftеr three games іn 1968.
Norm Vаn Brосklіn 1968–1974 Fіrеd аftеr еіght games іn 1974.
Marion Cаmрbеll 1974–1976 Fіrеd аftеr fіvе gаmеѕ in 1976.
Pat Pеррlеr 1976 Intеrіm hеаd coach
Lееmаn Bennett 1977–1982  
Dаn Henning 1983–1986  
Marion Cаmрbеll 1987–1989 Rеtіrеd after 12 gаmеѕ in 1989
Jim Hаnіfаn 1989 Interim hеаd соасh.
Jеrrу Glanville 1990–1993  
June Jоnеѕ 1994–1996  
Dan Reeves 1997–2003  
Wаdе Phillips 2003 Intеrіm hеаd соасh.
Jіm Mоrа 2004–2006  
Bоbbу Petrino 2007 Rеѕіgnеd after 13 gаmеѕ to tаkе оvеr Arkаnѕаѕ Razorbacks.
Emmіtt Thоmаѕ 2007 Intеrіm hеаd соасh
Mіkе Smith 2008–2014  
Dan Quіnn 2015-present  

 

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