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The first quarter of Super Bowl LI was a scoreless defensive match with each team punting twice. The longest play from scrimmage was a yard carry by Falcons running back Devonta Freeman , which did not lead to any points, though it would be the longest run of the game for either team.
On the first play of the second quarter, New England's quarterback Tom Brady completed a yard pass to wide receiver Julian Edelman on the Falcons yard line. But on the next play, linebacker Deion Jones stripped the ball from running back LeGarrette Blount ; the fumble was recovered by defensive back Robert Alford on the yard line.
On the next two plays, Matt Ryan completed passes to Julio Jones for gains of 19 and 23 yards. Freeman ran the ball on the next three plays, covering the final 29 yards to the end zone, the last carry a 5-yard touchdown run that put Atlanta up 7—0.
New England failed to get a first down on the series following the Freeman score, and the Falcons moved the ball 62 yards in five plays. Ryan started the drive with a yard completion to Taylor Gabriel , then completed a pass to Jones for an yard gain. On 3rd-and-9, he threw a yard touchdown pass to tight end Austin Hooper , giving the Falcons a 14—0 lead.
It was the largest deficit Brady had ever faced in his seven Super Bowl appearances, and it would soon get larger. However, on 3rd-and-6, Brady threw a pass that was intercepted by Alford and returned 82 yards for a touchdown, increasing Atlanta's lead to 21—0.
It was the first time in his career that Brady had thrown a pick-six in his 33 postseason games,  and Alford's 82 yard return was the second longest interception return in Super Bowl history.
Getting the ball back with 2: The drive stalled at the Falcons yard line, but Stephen Gostkowski kicked a field goal with two seconds left on the clock to send the teams into their locker rooms with the score 21—3. New England had an early third quarter scoring opportunity when Edelman returned a punt 26 yards to the Patriots' yard line, but they could not gain a first down on the drive. Following the Patriots' punt, the Falcons started their drive on their own yard line, Ryan completed two long passes to wide receiver Taylor Gabriel for gains of 17 and 35 yards to bring the ball to the New England yard line.
Four plays later, Ryan finished the yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass to running back Tevin Coleman , giving the Falcons a 28—3 lead with 8: On the next series, Brady led the Patriots 75 yards in 13 plays for a responding touchdown, completing five of seven passes for 43 yards, the biggest a yard completion to Danny Amendola on 4th-and-3 from the New England yard line. Brady also made a big play with his legs, rushing for a yard gain which would be the longest rushing play by the Patriots on the day on 3rd-and-8 from the Atlanta yard line.
Three subsequent carries by Blount moved the ball 15 yards to the 5-yard line, and then Brady threw the ball to White for a touchdown, making the score 28—9 after Gostkowski's extra point attempt hit the right goalpost. New England then attempted an onside kick , but the ball was recovered by Falcons linebacker LaRoy Reynolds , and a penalty against Gostkowski for touching the ball before it went ten yards gave Atlanta even better field position.
Ryan completed a 9-yard pass to Hooper to the Patriots yard-line, but on the next play, a holding penalty on Atlanta offensive lineman Jake Matthews pushed the team back ten yards. Then after an incompletion, Trey Flowers and Kyle Van Noy shared a sack on Ryan that forced the Falcons to punt on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Matt Bosher 's yard punt pinned the Patriots back on their own yard line. Brady led the next drive down the field, completing three passes to wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell for 40 yards and one to Bennett for 25 to bring the ball to the Falcons 7-yard line. However, Brady was sacked twice by defensive tackle Grady Jarrett over the next three plays, and the Patriots ended up having to settle for Gostkowski's yard field goal that cut their deficit to two scores, 28—12, with less than 10 minutes left in the game.
Atlanta had burned two of their three time outs on defense and equipment malfunction. On the third play of Atlanta's ensuing drive, linebacker Dont'a Hightower sacked Ryan as he was winding up for a pass, resulting in a fumble that was recovered by defensive tackle Alan Branch on the Falcons yard line. New England soon cashed in their scoring opportunity, with Brady throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass to Amendola.
Then White took a direct snap in for a two-point conversion to make the score 28—20 in favor of Atlanta with 5: On the first play of Atlanta's next possession, Freeman caught a short pass from Ryan and ran it for a yard gain, the longest play of the game for either team. Then on 2nd-and-9 from the Patriots yard line, Ryan threw a deep pass to Jones at the right sideline, who made an acrobatic sideline catch for a yard gain, giving the Falcons a first down on the Patriots yard line with 4: Atlanta tried to pass the ball on second down, but Flowers sacked Ryan for a yard loss on the Patriots yard line.
Ryan then completed a 9-yard pass to Mohamed Sanu on 3rd-and 23, but this was negated by a holding penalty on Matthews.
Now out of field goal range and faced with 3rd-and from the New England yard line, Ryan threw an incomplete pass, and the team was left with no choice but to punt the ball to New England. Bosher's yard kick gave the Patriots the ball on their own 9-yard line with 3: After two incompletions, Brady picked up a first down with a yard pass to Chris Hogan. After an yard pass to Mitchell, Brady threw a pass that was nearly intercepted by Alford. Instead, he batted the ball in the air, and it fell into the arms of Edelman, who made a diving catch and just barely managed to get his hands under the ball before it hit the ground, picking up 23 yards.
Atlanta challenged the catch, but the referees confirmed the call on the field and Atlanta lost their final time out. Brady's next pass to Amendola gained 20 yards to the Falcons yard line as the clock ran down below the two-minute warning.
Two more passes to White gained 20 yards and gave New England a first down at the 1-yard line. With 58 seconds left, White scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, and Brady completed a 2-point conversion pass to Amendola, tying the score at Atlanta started their drive deep in their own end with just under a minute and zero time outs.
The Falcons failed to get in range to score a possible game-winning field goal and punted, with the Patriots fair catching the ball at their own yard line. The Patriots considered, but ultimately declined, ending regulation on what would have been the first fair catch kick ever attempted in a Super Bowl. The play gained several yards but failed to score and sent the Super Bowl into overtime for the first time in the game's history.
The Patriots won the coin toss to start overtime, and elected to receive the ball. Starting at their yard line after a touchback, Brady completed passes to White, Amendola, and Hogan for gains of 6, 14, and 18 yards, respectively. Then after White was dropped for a 3-yard loss, Brady completed a yard pass to Edelman to the Falcons yard line.
White then took a lateral throw from Brady to the yard line. On second down, White took a pitch and ran the ball right. He was hit by Falcons defenders at the 1-yard line, but managed to stretch forward and get the ball across the goal line before his knee hit the ground, scoring a touchdown to give the Patriots the 34—28 victory.
It marked the first time in NFL postseason history that a team leading by 17 points or more at the start of the fourth quarter went on to lose the game. Super Bowl LI had more than 30 records either broken, set, or tied by the time it was done.
His completions, attempts, and passing yards were all single-game Super Bowl records. He also set the career Super Bowl records for games played 7 , completions , attempts , yards 2, , and touchdown passes James White caught a Super Bowl record 14 passes for yards, rushed for 29 yards, and tied a Super Bowl record with three touchdowns. He also set the record for most points scored with Edelman caught five passes for 87 yards and returned three punts for 39 yards.
Amendola recorded eight receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown. Flowers recorded six tackles and 2. For Atlanta, Ryan completed 17 of 23 passes for yards and two touchdowns.
Freeman was the top rusher of the game with 11 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown, while also catching two passes for 46 yards. Jones was Atlanta's leading receiver with four receptions for 87 yards. Robert Alford had 11 tackles 9 solo , an interception returned for a touchdown, and a fumble recovery.
Grady Jarrett had five tackles and tied a Super Bowl record with three sacks. Atlanta became the first team in Super Bowl history to return an interception for a touchdown and lose the game. In addition to being the largest Super Bowl comeback, the game set the record for the largest fourth-quarter comeback in NFL playoff history, as no team had previously won a playoff game after trailing by 17 or more points entering the final quarter; the Patriots were trailing by 19 points at the start of the fourth quarter by a score of 28—9.
The Patriots won their fifth franchise championship, all under the leadership of starting quarterback Tom Brady , the most by a single quarterback. This game represented the largest comeback in the history of the New England Patriots' regular season or post-season games,  and Tom Brady's NFL career.
Super Bowl LI became the first Super Bowl in history in which the winning team had never held the lead at any point during regulation time, and it also became the first Super Bowl in history in which the winning team did not score on a PAT kick, as the Patriots missed their only PAT attempt during the game, which occurred following their first touchdown, opted for two-point conversions after each of their next two touchdowns, and did not have to attempt the extra point after their game-winning touchdown in overtime.
Late in the third quarter, the Falcons' chances of winning were estimated at Super Bowl LI had eight officials. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Bill Belichick Head coach: Bush , Former U. Super Bowl LI halftime show. This section's tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia. See Wikipedia's guide to writing better articles for suggestions. February Learn how and when to remove this template message. Records set   Most Super Bowl appearances, as team 9 New England Patriots Most pass attempts, team game 63 Most pass completions, team game 43 Most passing yards, team game Most first downs, team game 37 Most first downs via pass, team game 26 Most offensive plays, team game 93 Most points in overtime, team game 6 Largest deficit overcome, winning team 25 points Largest deficit overcome after third quarter, winning team 19 points Largest deficit overcome after second quarter, winning team 18 points Least playing time in lead, winning team 0: Retrieved January 23, Retrieved January 18, Retrieved February 6, Retrieved February 3, Bush to flip coin at Super Bowl LI".
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The Falcons' secondary also played well in its man coverage scheme on the outside, supplemented by a zone in the middle, short part of the field. The Patriots, who dominated first-half time of possession, The Patriots ran 42 plays in the first half compared to the Falcons' Devonta Freeman easily was the game's leading rusher at halftime, with his 71 yards on six carries and a touchdown to boot.
AtlantaFalcons head into the locker room with an point lead! New England's first points of the game came in disappointing fashion. A potential touchdown drive was ruined when tight end Martellus Bennett was called for holding during a run that would have given the Pats a first down inside the Falcons' yard line.
The New England drive ended up lasting 10 plays and went 52 yards. Atlanta's De'Vondre Campbell was ruled questionable to return with cramps. Tom Brady made a big, big, big mistake. After forcing another Patriots three-and-out, the Falcons made New England pay Hooper caught the ball, which basically fell right into his arms, for a yard touchdown.
Julio Jones again made a key play on the scoring drive with a toe-dragging , yard catch on the sideline. The five-play, yard drive took just 1: No team has ever come back from a two-touchdown deficit in the Super Bowl. The game had just hummed along offensive production-wise through the first and into the second quarter. Then Julio Jones happened Then Devonta Freeman happened The third Freeman chunk run of the Falcons' drive was a 5-yard touchdown, aided by a key block from wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.
Before those runs, Jones hauled in catches of 19 and 23 yards. Atlanta's drive went 71 yards in five plays and took just 1: It was the first time the Patriots had trailed in a game since Week The first turnover of the game occurred when Falcons rookie linebacker Deion Jones stripped Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount of the ball during a four-yard run. The fumble was recovered by Atlanta's Robert Alford on his own yard line. End of first quarter. A surprisingly scoreless first 15 minutes ended with the Patriots driving near midfield.
New England held a slight advantage in total yards, Atlanta had zero passing yards at the end of the first quarter, as all of their yardage had come from the ground. Another stalled drive, another punt. The Falcons picked up just 24 yards in five plays before they had to give the ball back to the Patriots. Those who took the over were getting nervous. Tom Brady got nailed by Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett for what amounted to a coverage sack on third down to force a punt.
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