Super Bowl: New England Patriots Win Fifth Title in Overtime
Tom Brady and his team took home the Vince Lombardi trophy in the first Super Bowl game in history to go into overtime.
The New England Patriots have won their fifth Super Bowl championship.
While the Atlanta Falcons sprung out to a big lead early, up 21-3 going into halftime, quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots made a late push in the second half, finally scoring a touchdown in the third quarter after being shut out time and time again. However, a missed extra point and a botched onside kick didn't help their rallying chances.
Where Brady struggled early, Atlanta's defense excelled. QB Matt Ryan, the recently named MVP of the league, also turned in a stellar performance and got his team the lead early on, but Brady was not to be stopped in the second half.
A key fumble by Ryan in the fourth opened the door for the Patriots and Brady took full advantage. Atlanta could only watch as its lead dwindled, despite a sensational catch by star receiver Julio Jones. With less than a minute left in the game, the Patriots managed to tie the game at 28 points apiece, the first time the Falcons had given up the lead since they first scored, forcing the game into overtime — for the first time in Super Bowl history.
New England won the toss and elected to receiving, giving Brady the ball in overtime. Quickly moving down the field the Patriots managed to rush the ball into the end zone, capping the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history and earning the team its fifth championship win.