Super Bowl LI: High-octane offenses sputter in 1st quarter

ATLANTA GA- DECEMBER 18 Matt Schaub #8 of the Atlanta Falcons throws a pass during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at the Georgia Dome

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady earned his fifth Super Bowl ring on Sunday.

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime of Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston.

They did it after spotting the Falcons 21 points and trailing by 25 with less than 24 minutes to play.

"This game's over", moaned one Pats fan, walking out in the third quarter. Belichick's five Super Bowl triumphs are now more than any coach in the NFL. Some said Brady was on a mission to win the Super Bowl this season, to make Goodell personally hand him the Lombardi Trophy.

National Football League history, both recent and far reaching, favors the New England Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons. They gave the offense a short field with a sack-fumble. "We just had to score". We scored the touchdown and then it was nine.

It's a high stakes game that brands need to get right. "There was a lot of shit going on tonight ..."

Yes. A lot of shit went down.

The commissioner is Public Enemy Number One in New England over the deflategate suspension.

So it's not a 100 percent clean sheet (it never is at this point), but when considering the Patriots have placed just four players on IR all season (last year: 15) and might not have a single injured player to declare inactive Sunday, it highlights one of the keys to the team's season. That was the turnover Brady was trying to remember. They read it two plays ahead.

But there's really much more to it in Brady's instance.

He had forced the ball to pop up. Since 2001, only three non-Brady Super Bowls have seen a quarterback drop back at least 50 times. The Falcons challenged and replay after replay on the big screen was shown. "He's one of the best defensive players that I've ever played against".

"I'd like to think that even if this is partially a craven attempt to assuage my own guilt and complicity, I can do more good than harm by rallying people to do a little nice thing", Gondelman wrote in a statement.

"Well, I'd say my dad represents his feelings, because he's a dad, and I'm a dad and..."

Call it whatever you want, but without it the Patriots don't win.

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady now holds the records for most playoff completions, yards and touchdowns.

In overtime, Brady lifted again.

Atlanta went up 28-3 at the end of an eight-play, 85-yard drive.

"If it was up to my wife she'd have me retire today, she told me that last night.I said 'too bad, Babe, '" Brady said Monday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Period. End of Story.

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