Tom Brady, James White fuel New England's Super Bowl LI comeback

In 1991, the Braves led the Twins three games to two in the World Series, then dropped Game 6 thanks to Kirby Puckett and again lost in Game 7 in extra innings.

Never count out Tom Brady. He is now a preposterous 3-3 in those games. Atlanta boasts the NFL's leader in Vic Beasley (15.5), but no one else managed more than five.

Though the scoreboard was empty in the first quarter, the Falcons were able to dominate the first half of the football game.

"This is unequivocally the sweetest", Bob Kraft had yelled, Lombardi Trophy in his left hand, with Goodell standing there next to him.

The 25-point deficit was stunning.

But defense has been the Achilles heel of the Falcons this season.

However, Mark was seen leaving the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, with his sons after the third quarter - before the Patriots came back from 25 points down and sealed their win in overtime. And now we have what could be the greatest Super Bowl ever.

But it didn't seem to matter in the regular season. Their offense had been listless for the bulk of the second half, but on this particular play Matt Ryan escaped the pocket to connect with Julio Jones. The Falcons have the MVP favourite under centre and a wealth of talent and depth to go along with Shanahan's imaginative play-calling.

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Only Virginia has been able to pick up a road win in South Bend this year and they did it by way of a 17-point victory last week. Two upcoming games will play a decisive role in Notre Dame's chances of winning an ACC regular-season title this winter.

So New England was due for its own freak play. We didn't. We had the opportunity to stop them at any point in that drive, we didn't. They've made Super Bowl an even bigger spectacle, which is pretty tough task. Yes, he won it for his dad, Tom Sr., who has publicly stood up for him in the face of Deflategate. A six-yard touchdown play by Tevin Coleman capped of Atlanta's scoring drive, and the Falcons extended their lead to 28-3 in the third quarter. They didn't get it. "I love Malcolm. I joke with him all the time, but I just say, 'Thank God for Malcolm Butler.' He saved the game for us", Brady said. Their offensive line stopped leaking and Tom Brady started completing passes. The Patriots also converted a pair of two-point conversions along the way to force the overtime.

The 39-year-old Brady, who finished with a title game record 466 passing yards and two touchdowns, was named the game's most valuable player, the fourth such award of his Hall of Fame worthy career. That translates into a lot of chasing by the defensive backs. With a deeply divided American public, it will be interesting to see if exploiting the already polarizing portrayal of the Patriots will lead to bigger ratings.

Watching Brady in the flesh, you realise how much time he has.

It wasn't all on the defense.

But, no, they'd call a play that led a 12-yard sack of Matt Ryan.

Falcons center Alex Mack knows losing, having spent his first seven seasons with Cleveland. Atlanta scored the most points in the National Football League this year.

The Falcons then looked like they'd ice the game by marching to the Pats' 22 in three plays, but Trey Flowers' sack and Chris Long's forced holding penalty pushed Atlanta out of field-goal range.

Listen to Rick Gosselin at 10:50 a.m. Just one. But the tank was empty.


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