New England Patriots beat Atlanta Falcons 34-28 after stunning comeback in Super Bowl LI


The first Super Bowl to go into overtime in history took a thrilling turn in the fourth quarter as the New England Patriots came back from a 25-point deficit and a particularly poor performance in the first three quarters to win Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons.

The Patriots won the coin toss going into the historic overtime and running back James White scored the winning touchdown to give the Patriots their fifth Lombardi Trophy with a final score of 34-28.

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New England Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick (R) is interviewed by broadcaster Terry Bradshaw next to the Vince Lombardi trophy after the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas, U.S., February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady celebrates with his children after his team defeated the Atlanta Falcons at Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas, U.S., February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady smiles after his team defeated the Atlanta Falcons at Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas, U.S., February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Gisele Bundchen and her daughter Vivian Brady celebrate after the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. The Patriots won 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Gisele B?ndchen with her husband New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and their daughter after Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft holds the Vince Lombardi trophy after his team defeated the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas, U.S., February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrate after beating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after beating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots running back James White (28) scores the winning touchdown past Atlanta Falcons free safety Ricardo Allen (37) and Robert Alford (23) in overtime during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Atlanta Falcons' Grady Jarrett (R) sacks New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas, U.S., February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Richard Carson
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) makes a catch for a long gain in overtime as Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brian Poole (34) defends during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Country Singer Luke Bryan waves before performing the U.S. National Anthem prior to the the start of Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Texas, U.S., February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush participates in the coin toss ahead of the start of Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons as former first lady Barbara Bush looks on in Houston , Texas, U.S., February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Philip Wheeler #41 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after a fumble by the New England Patriots in the second quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins (32) tackles New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) during the first quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dan Powers-USA TODAY Sports
Atlanta Falcons' Deion Jones celebrates after New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady was sacked during the first quarter of Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas, U.S., February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) runs the ball against New England Patriots defensive end Alan Branch (97) during the first quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons scores a touchdown on a 5 yard run agaisnt the New England Patriots in the second quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks off the field with teammates after a fumble in the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) scores a touchdown during the second quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) celebrates with the ball during the second quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) makes a first quarter catch with New England Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe (25) defending during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Robert Alford #23 of the Atlanta Falcons scores an 82 yard touchdown after an interception against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Lady Gaga performs during the halftime show during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Seals-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Lady Gaga performs during the halftime show during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) catches a tipped pass just off the turf against the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Atlanta Falcons' Tevin Coleman (L) celebrates with teammate Justin Hardy after scoring agains the New England Patriots during the third quarter of Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas, U.S., February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) is tackled by New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan (26) in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Seals-USA TODAY Sports
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The first quarter was scoreless, but the Falcons were first to put points on the board as running back Devonta Freeman scored a touchdown two and a half minutes into the second quarter.

The Falcons ended the first half up 21-3 after three touchdowns, including one from cornerback Robert Alford that came from quarterback Tom Brady's only interception of his postseason career.

Brady was even teased for his poor performance, and one particularly bad tackle attempt, becoming a viral meme as Lady Gaga began her halftime show.

The Falcons went into the game as slight underdogs, but had a 94 percent chance of winning, according to ESPN's "win probability" as the second half began.

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But the Patriots came back determined in the second half, but only managed one touchdown and missed a field goal to bring the score to 28-9 as the fourth quarter began.

But the tone of the game shifted back in the Patriots favor in the fourth quarter as the New England team began to rack up a series of touchdowns and two-point conversions, bringing the score to 28-28 with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter.

White's thrilling final touchdown sealed the deal for the Patriots, who have now won five Super Bowls -- all since 2002.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was named the league's Most Valuable Player of the year the day before the game, but it was Brady who was named the MVP of the Super Bowl.

"We all brought each other back," Brady said. "We never felt out of it."

The win officially makes Brady the most decorated quarterback in modern football history, having surpassed his own idol Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw who each had four Super Bowl wins.

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