Patriots rally from 25 down to stun Falcons in Super Bowl LI

New England rallied from 25 points down in the second half to force the first overtime in Super Bowl history, where James White’s 2-yard touchdown run lift the Patriots to a 34-28 victory against Atlanta.

New England quarterback Tom Brady led five consecutive scoring drives and finished 43 of 62 for 466 yards and two touchdowns to win his fifth Super Bowl title and fourth Super Bowl MVP award, both of which are records.

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Brady directed a 91-yard march that ended with James White’s 1-yard touchdown run and a two-point pass to Danny Amendola to tie the game with 57 seconds left, capping the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.

The Falcons jumped out to a 21-0 lead with three touchdowns in a 10-minute span in the second quarter, the last of which was cornerback Robert Alford’s 82-yard return of a Brady interception with 2:21 left before halftime.

Atlanta quarterback and league MVP Matt Ryan was 17 of 23 for 284 yards and two touchdowns, the second of which, a 6-yarder to Tevin Coleman, gave the Falcons a 28-3 lead with 8:31 left in the third quarter.

The New England comeback began with a White 5-yard touchdown with 2:06 left in the third quarter.

The Patriots had to settle for a 33-yard field goal on their next possession after Atlanta defensive tackle Grady Jarrett sacked Brady twice in a span of three plays in the red zone.

Grady finished with three sacks, tying the Super Bowl record.

UPDATE (10:15 p.m.)

The Patriots scored 19 fourth-quarter points to send Super Bowl to overtime for the first time in history. The game is tied at 28.


If the New England Patriots are going to win their fifth Super Bowl title, it’s going to take the biggest comeback in the 51-year history of the game.

Atlanta scored touchdowns on its first two possessions of the second quarter and cornerback Robert Alford returned a Tom Brady interception 82 yards for a touchdown to give the Falcons a 21-0 lead.

New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 41-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half to make it 21-3 at the break.

The biggest deficit ever overcome to win a Super Bowl is 10 points, with the Patriots being the last of three teams to do it two years ago in Super Bowl XLIX.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, fresh off winning the MVP award Saturday night, is 7 of 8 for 115 yards with a 19-yard touchdown to Austin Hooper for a perfect 158.3 passer rating.

Running back Devonta Freeman, who has 71 yards on six carries, started the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown, capping a 71-yard drive that was set up by the first of two New England turnovers.

The Patriots had first down at the Atlanta 33 when Falcons linebacker Deion Jones stripped LeGarrette Blount and Alford recovered it.

Ryan hit Hooper for a 14-0 lead on the next possession, and Alford’s pick six came three and a half minutes later.

Brady is 15 of 25 for 179 yards and a 65.2 rating.

Atlanta will get the ball to start the second half.

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