But after increasing the lead to 28-3 on a Tevin Coleman touchdown in the third quarter, things began to turn. That would have put them up two scores with three or so minutes left.
The comparison between these two franchise's is stark, with New England appearing in nine Super Bowls and winning four, while Atlanta is playing in just their second during their 51-year history.
Despite the attacking strengths of both teams, the first-quarter remained scoreless.
Review upheld the 23-yard reception, the video clearly showing Edelman, with his red-gloved hands, first pinning the ball against Alford's foot, then getting his hands underneath the pigskin as it bounced off the defender.
Making Sunday's win ever sweeter is Brady did it with his parents in attendance at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
"There are no words", Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said.
- The Falcons are only 4-4 this season when WR Julio Jones exceeds 100 receiving yards.
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The Patriots more than doubled the previous record for a Super Bowl comeback (10 points). Brady finally got the Patriots deep into Falcons territory at the top of the quarter, but was sacked twice by Atlanta's defensive tackle Grady Jarett and the Pats had to settle for a field goal.
"But White doesn't get those touchdown runs if not for Brady orchestrating those drives" Okay.
And their two takeaways gave Atlanta a 14-0 advantage in points off of turnover in the first half. The Patriots came back with a touchdown, but kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed the extra point, leaving the score 28-9 in Atlanta's favor. The Falcons also have Mahomed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel as three speedy play-makers at the wide receiver position.
Atlanta allowed fewer than 20 points in four of its last six regular-season games. "We all saw that today". After New England's defense forced and recovered a Ryan fumble, Brady hit receiver Amendola for a touchdown.
Then the second half began, and the Patriots capped it off with James White's 2-yard run to seal New England's fifth NFL championship in 16 seasons and cement Brady's place as the greatest quarterback - no, the greatest player - in league history. After the game, he was namedSuper Bowl MVP for the fourth time in his Hall of Fame career.
A James White rushing touchdown after the two-minute warning led to a two-point conversion punched in by Danny Amendola, and with under a minute remaining, the Super Bowl was tied and on its way to the first overtime in the history of the National Football League championship game.