Super Bowl 51 will go down in NFL history as the greatest game of all time. The Atlanta Falcons had a 21-3 lead over the New England Patriots at halftime. By the end of the 3rd quarter, the Falcons was leading 28 to 9. Tom Brady proved his mettle by leading the Patriots to 19 unanswered points to tie the game at 28 going into overtime. In the first overtime in Super Bowl history, Brady led the Patriots on 8 play drive that culminated with a James White 2-yard run that won a fifth Super Bowl title for the New England Patriots 34 to 28. Brady threw for 466 yards and 2 touchdowns earning his record-setting 4th Super Bowl MVP. Was this game a choke job by the Falcons or an amazing comeback by the Patriots.
The answer to that question is both. The Falcons offense went conservative and played not to lose instead of playing to win. Their defense went into a prevent instead of attacking Brady like they did in the first half. The Patriots defense pressured Matt Ryan into 3 sacks and stopped the Falcons running game in the second half. Dont’a Hightower forced a Matt Ryan fumble that led to a touchdown that cut the Falcons lead to 28 to 20. Tom Brady made some amazing throws to his receivers in the second half. The catch made by Julian Edelman was beyond description. Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn unsuccessful challenged that play and lost their last time out in the fourth quarter. As far as this game being the greatest Super Bowl of all time that is something that will be discussed for a long time.