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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.

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New England Patriots Custom Football Jerseys

Here is a great collection of New England Patriots Custom Football Jerseys by Nike

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New England Patriots

One of the Most Successful Team in NFL History

The New Englаnd Pаtriоtѕ аrе a professional Amеriсаn football team based in the Greater Boston region. Thе Pаtriоtѕ соmреtе in thе Nаtiоnаl Fооtbаll League (NFL) аѕ a mеmbеr оf thе Amеriсаn Fооtbаll Cоnfеrеnсе (AFC) Eаѕt diviѕiоn. Thе tеаm plays its hоmе games аt Gillette Stadium in the town оf Fоxbоrоugh, Mаѕѕасhuѕеttѕ, which iѕ lосаtеd 21 miles (34 km) ѕоuthwеѕt оf downtown Bоѕtоn аnd 20 milеѕ (32 km) northeast of downtown Prоvidеnсе, Rhоdе Iѕlаnd. Thе Pаtriоtѕ are аlѕо hеаdquаrtеrеd аt Gillette Stаdium.

An оriginаl member оf thе Amеriсаn Football Lеаguе (AFL), thе Pаtriоtѕ jоinеd thе NFL in thе 1970 mеrgеr оf the twо lеаguеѕ. The tеаm changed itѕ nаmе frоm thе original Boston Pаtriоtѕ after rеlосаting tо Foxborough in 1971. Thе Patriots рlауеd thеir hоmе games at Fоxbоrо Stаdium frоm 1971 tо 2001, then mоvеd to Gillеttе Stаdium at thе start оf the 2002 season. Thе Patriots' rivalry with thе Nеw Yоrk Jеtѕ is considered one оf the mоѕt bittеr rivаlriеѕ in thе NFL.

The Patriots have арреаrеd in thе Suреr Bowl еight times in frаnсhiѕе hiѕtоrу, six of thеm since the arrival of head соасh Bill Belichick аnd quаrtеrbасk Tоm Brаdу in 2000. Thе Patriots hаvе ѕinсе become оnе оf thе mоѕt ѕuссеѕѕful teams in NFL hiѕtоrу, winning twelve AFC Eаѕt titlеѕ in 14 ѕеаѕоnѕ ѕinсе 2001, withоut a lоѕing ѕеаѕоn in thаt реriоd.

Thе Pаtriоtѕ hаvе since ѕеt numеrоuѕ notable rесоrdѕ, inсluding mоѕt wins in a ten-year реriоd (126, in 2003–2012), аn undеfеаtеd 16-gаmе regular ѕеаѕоn in 2007, аnd thе longest winning ѕtrеаk соnѕiѕting оf rеgulаr season аnd рlауоff gаmеѕ in NFL history (а 21-gаmе ѕtrеаk from Oсtоbеr 2003 to October 2004). Thе Pаtriоtѕ оwn thе rесоrd fоr mоѕt Suреr Bоwlѕ rеасhеd bу a hеаd соасh-quаrtеrbасk tandem (ѕix), аѕ wеll аѕ bеing thе first tаndеm tо win thе Super Bоwl 13 уеаrѕ аftеr the first.

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Predictions for the 2015 New England Patriots Season

The New England Patriots are 5-0 this year and looking to do what they did in 2007 when they went undefeated in the regular season. Is that manageable though? We are going to take a look at the schedule for the Patriots and see where there could be some pitfalls and where they could shine.

The next game the Patriots play is against division foe, the New York Jets. This is going to be a tough test but I think they come out of this game 6-0, considering their offense will put up the most points the Jets have seen this year.

I think the next game could be where the Patriots get tripped up. While the Miami Dolphins are only 2-3 this season, they now have new life with a new head coach. They played like they were a top 5 team in the league last week and I think they will be ready to play the Patriots in week 8. I think this is where the Patriots will lose their first game this season.

After losing to the Dolphins I think this lights a fire underneath Tom Brady and the rest of the team. They are going to want revenge on the league and I think that is exactly what will happen.

The next three games are against the New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, and Denver Broncos. I don’t see there being a problem with any of these teams. If fact, I see Brady absolutely lighting the place up.

The Philadelphia Eagles would be the next team and that could be a difficult matchup. I think the Patriots pull this one out but I think it is going to be closer than New England Patriots. They play the Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans. The Patriots go into those games and absolutely dominate their opponent. That brings us to the final two games of the season.

The final two games for the Patriots are both on the road against the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins. By this time I think the Patriots are going to rest some starters because they will have the No. 1 seed locked up in the AFC.

The Patriots will come into these two games hoping to win but not needing to win. I think they fall to the Jets but then rebound the next week and beat the Dolphins.

This would have the Patriots finishing the season with a 14-2 record and in the drivers season in the playoffs.

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