By: Elliott Williams
In what may go down as the greatest Super Bowl ever, the New England Patriots overcame a 25 point deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons.
The final score was 34-28 last night after overtime, something that never happened in superbowl history.
Tom Brady threw for 466 yards and two touchdowns as he led his team to an unprecedented comeback. Brady was named the Super Bowl’s most valuable player.
He won his record fifth Super Bowl, making him the only quarterback in NFL history to do so.
Scott Stinson, a sports reporter for the National Post, said that experience gave the Patriots the edge over the Falcons.
“I think there was a few factors going on there, A) the Patriots have been around a long time and they weren’t frightened by the moment and just tried to keep making good plays,” said Stinson. “The second part is that Atlanta really gave them the opportunity to get back in the game. As much as the Patriots did great things with miracle catches and stuff like that, it was the fact that Atlanta turned the ball over, had a holding penalty, and were sacked that took them out of field goal range. I think it was a combination of a few things, New England playing very well, whereas Atlanta didn’t.”
Patriots head coach, Bill Belichik, also made history last night. He won his fifth title giving him the record for most Super Bowl wins for a coach in NFL history.
But despite their defeat, the Atlanta Falcons put on a remarkable performance leading midway through the game.
“As a unit they were young, and they hadn’t been there before, and they managed to take the best team of this era and really hand it to them over the first three quarters,” said Stinson.
Last night’s win gave Brady and Belichik the desire to play on. They both reiterated their passion the game and rule out any talk of retirement.