As a Patriots fan, this may be the greatest Super Bowl ever and not just because Goodell has to swallow his bile and hand the Lombardi to Tom Brady.
I¡¯m no fan of the NFL¡¯s overtime format, but to those complaining that Atlanta¡¯s No. 1-ranked offense never got the chance to answer the Patriots¡¯ opening overtime drive: Yes, it did.
John Matuszak Mens Jersey The Patriots finished the game with 31 unanswered points, 25 of them in regulation. The Falcons had four possessions after Tevin Coleman scored the Falcons¡¯ last points with 23:36 left in the game. Had they gotten even a field goal out of any of those four drives, they¡¯d be swimming in confetti right now.
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The Falcons defense was visibly gassed with 10 minutes left to play; inflicting another whole quarter of football on these men wouldn¡¯t be fair to anybody. NFL overtime exists for two reasons: to decide a winner as quickly as possible and to get the players off the field. It did its job, and the Patriots did theirs.
Denver became the first double-digit underdog to win the Super Bowl since the Chiefs in Super Bowl IV. The Broncos actually opened as a 14-point underdog, but the line moved to 11.5. The Broncos had lost each of their first four Super Bowl appearances, both straight up and ATS before winning Super Bowl XXXII.
The Atlanta Falcons quarterback, playing in his first Super Bowl, couldn¡¯t quite add a Super Bowl title to his impressive resume. The Falcons held as much as a 28-3 lead and looked poised to bring a championship back home to Atlanta. But then the Falcons fell victim to a Super Bowl-tested quarterback in Tom Brady, who engineered a miraculous comeback in the New England Patriots’ shocking, 34-28 Super Bowl LI victory. The loss for the Falcons marked the biggest collapse in Super Bowl history and is sure to leave an empty feeling in the stomach of Ryan and his teammates the entire offseason.