Patriots vs. Falcons: Score, Stats & Super Bowl 51 Highlights

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Final Score
Patriots — 0-3-6-19-6–34
Falcons — 0-21-7-0-0–28

Down 25 points midway through the third quarter, the New England Patriots completed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to win their five title in seven attempts.

After the Falcons dominated the first half 21-3, they opened the third quarter with a TD to Tevin Coleman. New England would score the next 31 points, and got some help from the Falcons along the way to complete the comeback.

Atlanta did all they could to stave off the comeback, but mistakes on both ends down the stretch ruined their chances at a first-ever Super Bowl win. Up by eight with just over three minutes to play, the Falcons were driving into enemy territory to seal the game. Then Matt Ryan took a sack, forcing a long third down. Ryan tried a pass on the next play, but a holding penalty would take the ball out of field goal range.

For the Patriots, it’s all about Tom Brady. He finishes with Super Bowl records in multiple passing categories, including a total of 466 yards. He led the team 91 yards in 2:33 for the tying touchdown, and then went down the field again to start overtime for the game-winner. It’s Brady’s fifth Super Bowl win and fourth MVP award, more than anyone else in history.


Game Highlights

Tom Brady Leads Game-Winning Overtime TD Drive

James White runs right for two yards, capping the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Patriots went 62 yards in eight plays, and got a pass interference call to give them the ball at the one-yard line. Wow.

Tied at 28 With 57 Seconds Left

Don’t ever count Tom Brady out.

The Patriots have completed a 21-point comeback, tying the game with 57 seconds left. Brady ended the drive by completing six straight passes.

This Insane Catch From Edelman Keeps New England Alive

The game is still undecided with two minutes left, thanks in part to Julian Edelman. Just when it looked like Keanu Neal and the Falcons would end Brady’s comeback bid, Edelman used crazy concentration to haul this pass in for 23 yards.

Poor Series of Plays Lead to Falcons Punt

The Patriots are going to have a chance to tie this game.

The Falcons were looking to wrap this game up, especially after Julio Jones made an insane 27-yard grab on the sidelines. But a sack followed by a holding penalty forced the Falcons out of field goal range, opening the game up for Brady and the Patriots.

Patriots Cut Lead to Eight

We have a ballgame.

New England takes advantage of the turnover, and converts the two-point conversion to make it a one-score game. The Patriots need a stop.

Ryan Fumbles to Give Patriots Hope

After the Patriots kick a field goal to bring the game within two scores, the Falcons commit their first turnover over the postseason. Ryan loses it before completing a pass, and the Patriots take over deep in Atlanta territory.

Patriots Finally Score a TD

42 minutes and 54 seconds into the Super Bowl, the Patriots are finally in the endzone. Brady needs 13 plays to go 75 yards, but the Patriots finally get in on a James White swing pass.

Not only did Stephen Gostkowski miss the extra point, an illegal touch on the onsides kick attempt gave the Patriots no chance at recovering the ball. Atlanta takes over with great field position.

Tevin Coleman Starts Second Half Scoring

After both teams punted to start the second half, Matt Ryan put together another TD drive. The Falcons went 82 yards in eight plays, and Tevin Coleman skipped into the endzone untouched to extend the lead.

Robert Alford 82-Yard Pick Six

The Falcons are dominating the Super Bowl.

Just when it looked like the Patriots would cut into the lead, Brady makes his first critical mistake. Robert Alford jumped the short route, and ran untouched for a huge TD.

Ryan Hits Hooper For Another TD

Matt Ryan is playing like the MVP he is.

After the Patriots punt, the Falcons and Ryan stayed aggressive. On the fifth play of the drive, Ryan hit a streaking Austin Hooper for a 19-yard TD.

Patriots Commit First Turnover

The Falcons are making the big plays early on, and they’re coming on both sides of the ball. Blount gets it stripped, and Atlanta took over at the 33.

Julio caught back-to-back passes for a combined 42 yards, and Freeman ran for 29 yards on the next three plays to start the Super Bowl scoring.

Brady Takes Two Sacks & Punt

No score after 10 minutes, and both teams are looking strong rushing the passer. The Patriots drove the ball into enemy territory, but Brady was sacked twice on three plays to kill the drive.

Both Teams Start With Punts

The Patriots go three-and out, after LeGarrette Blount is stuffed on third and short. After the Falcons first drive started with a huge run by Devonta Freeman, the drive immediately stalled and the Falcons kicked it back.

It’s About to Go Down

The national anthem went under, and the coin toss was tails.

Now that you’re broke, let’s watch some football.

Keep reading to see the game stats:

Game Stats

Stats will be updated throughout the game

New England Patriots

Passing: Brady: 43/62, 466 yards, 2 TD, INT

Rushing: Blount: 11 carries, 31 yards

Receiving: White: 14 catches, 110 yards, TD

Atlanta Falcons

Passing: Ryan: 17/23, 284 yards, 2 TD

Rushing: Freeman: 11 carries, 75 yards, TD

Receiving: Jones: 4 catches, 87 yards


After two weeks of media hype, it’s time to actually play the game.

Newly crowned League MVP Matt Ryan steps onto NRG Stadium’s field for his first career Super Bowl on Sunday night, ready to take on Bill Belichick and the Patriots top-ranked defense. Ryan isn’t alone, and the Patriots biggest challenge will be containing the myriad of weapons at Ryan’s disposal.

On the other side, Tom Brady goes for greatness against Falcon’s head coach Dan Quinn and Atlanta’s defense. Quinn has faced Brady in a Super Bowl before, and knows that pressure will be key to slowing down the Patriots offense. Atlanta has a talented group of pass-rushers, and they need to be effective for the Falcons to have any chance at raising the Lombardi Trophy.

The Super Bowl is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. on FOX. Luke Bryan will sing the anthem, former President George H. Bush will flip the coin, and Lady Gaga will perform at halftime. Buckle up.

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