BY ROMAN DELARA
The New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34-28 in the 2017 Super Bowl. The victory gives the Patriots’ their fifth Super Bowl in Franchise history.
This game was historically significant. It was the first time a Super Bowl went into overtime. The Patriots pulled off the largest comeback in Super Bowl history being down by 25. Brady surpassed Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for Quarterback with most rings, having five.
The finish to this game and the ongoing scripts with Patriots’ Quarterback Tom Brady and Head Coach Bill Belichick will instantly have this Super Bowl come down as a classic.
Just a few minutes into the second half, the Falcons scored another touchdown to extend their lead to 28-3.
That’s when the Patriots started their comeback, which included a field goal, a missed extra point, three touchdowns and two successful two-point conversions. Eventually the game would be tied 28-28 and head into overtime.
As momentum went to the Patriots in the second half, it would still be in their favor. The Patriots won the coin toss and started driving.
Fast forward to second-and-goal for the Patriots at the two-yard line. It’s a toss to the unknown running back James White, sprinting outside of the right side of the field. White broke a tackle and lunged forward as another defender gets in front of him trying to bring him down.
However, it was too late as White barley crossed the goal line with all of his joints still in the air. Signifying that it was a touchdown as the nearest sideline official raised both of his arms straight in the air calling the play a touchdown.
Some white jerseys flung in the air as they made their excitement obvious. While others are not so obvious as they stood frozen stiff shocked at the unfolding of events. However for Brady, the reaction was something different. He broke down with both his arms and knees on the tuft.
Next to him is his teammate and starting running back Legarrette Blount with his arm wrapped around Brady. They both shared words with each other after this surprising victory.
Brady threw 43 completions along with 466 yards, both Super Bowl records. In addition, he threw two touchdown passes and one interception.
Brady won his fourth Super Bowl MVP award, the most by any player. He ties only one other player (Charles Haley) for most Super Bowls with five.