The Patriots trailed 28-3 but completed the largest comeback in Super Bowl history to stun the Falcons in Super Bowl 51.
In the immediate aftermath of the Patriots’ win, two inevitable moments took place: Roger Goodell was booed as ruthlessly as he has been in his life, and revenge for Deflategate was mentioned right after.
That was only a prelude to the chaos that unfolded after James White scored the winning touchdown.
Overtime (11:02): Patriots 34, Patriots 28
Tom Brady was 6-for-7 in overtime, but it was running back James White who ran it in for the deciding touchdown.
End of the fourth quarter: Patriots 28, Falcons 28
Welcome to the first overtime game in Super Bowl history.
Fourth quarter (0.57): Patriots 28, Falcons 28
James White punched it into the end zone, then Danny Amendola caught a 2-point conversion to complete the Patriots’ comeback.
Fourth quarter (2:28): Falcons 28, Patriots 20
Julian Edelman kept the Patriots drive going with a catch that had to be seen to be believed.
Fourth quarter (4:47): Falcons 28, Patriots 20
This 27-yard sideline catch and toe dance by Julio Jones, when the Falcons needed it most, was one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history.
Fourth quarter (5:56): Falcons 28, Patriots 20
New England capitalized immediately on the fumble, driving for a touchdown, from Tom Brady to Danny Amendola, followed by a successful two-point conversion to make this a one-score game.
Fourth quarter (8:31): Falcons 28, Patriots 12
The Patriots got new life thanks to a fumble by Matt Ryan, the first turnover in three games this postseason for the Falcons.
Fourth quarter (9:48): Falcons 28, Patriots 12
Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 33-yard field goal to get New England within two scores.
End of third quarter: Falcons 28, Patriots 9
It took nearly three quarters, but the Patriots finally scored their first touchdown pass, a five-yard pass from Tom Brady to James White with 2:12 remaining. However, the extra point doinked off the uprights.
Then, New England failed to recover their onside kick attempt.
Third quarter (8:31): Falcons 28, Patriots 3
Both teams punted on their opening drive of the third quarter, then Atlanta marched downfield to add to its dominance, culminating in a 6-yard touchdown catch by Tevin Coleman.
Third quarter (11:36): Falcons 21, Patriots 3
Atlanta got their first big play of the second half, a 35-yard pass to a wide open Taylor Gabriel, thanks to a great move on Malcom Butler.
End of second quarter: Falcons 21, Patriots 3
New England was able to salvage something from a terrible first half by getting their first score of the game, a Stephen Gostkowski 41-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the first half.
Second quarter (2:21): Falcons 21, Patriots 0
After a promising Patriots drive, Robert Alford intercepted Tom Brady and returned the ball 82 yards for a touchdown, giving Atlanta a commanding lead.
Second quarter (8:55): Falcons 14, Patriots 0
Austin Hooper caught a pass from Matt Ryan to give the Falcons some breathing room. The Patriots thwarted the extra point, but were called for a penalty they did not commit. On second try, the Falcons kicked it through.
The drive was extended earlier by this fantastic catch by Julio Jones on the sideline.
Second quarter (12:15): Falcons 7, Patriots 0
Devonta Freeman scampered from five yards out, after a nice juke, for the game’s first score.
Second quarter (14:19): Falcons 0, Patriots 0
Deion Jones forced a fumble from LeGarrette Blount fumble, giving the Falcons the first turnover of the game.
End of first quarter: Falcons 0, Patriots 0
The first quarter saw four punts and no points, so congratulations if you had the 0-0 square. The Patriots passed for 59 yards, while the Falcons ran for 56 in the opening 15 minutes. No points has been good news for the Patriots, who won the last three Super Bowls that were 0-0 after the first quarter.
First quarter (5:48): Falcons 0, Patriots 0
Tom Brady got sacked because his own lineman was shoved back into him.
First quarter (10:41): Falcons 0, Patriots 0
It’s not safe to be the sideline ballboy. Watch out for Julian Edelman!
First quarter (13:37): Falcons 0, Patriots 0
New England got the ball first but had to punt, then Denvonta Freeman ran for 37 yards on Atlanta’s first play from scrimmage.
But the Falcons punted, too.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was forced to shake the hand of Patriots owner Robert Kraft in handing him the Lombardi Trophy.
Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP ... again.
James White caught a Super Bowl-record 14 passes, then ran the ball in for the championship-winning touchdown.
Dion Lewis of the Patriots injured his hamstring on the final play of regulation, on a fake kneel play.
Once down 25, the Patriots roared back to tie late in the fourth quarter on this 2-point conversion.
This catch by Julian Edelman has to be seen to be believed.
Patriots super fan Mark Wahlberg left the Super Bowl early in the fourth quarter.
This catch by Julio Jones on the sideline in the fourth quarter was one of the best grabs in Super Bowl history.
Matt Ryan’s fourth-quarter fumble was the first turnover by the Falcons this season.
Grady Jarrett tied a Super Bowl record with three sacks for the Falcons.
Falcons running back suffered a left ankle injury in the fourth quarter, and went to the locker room for X-rays.
Desperate for answers, the Patriots are trying anything and everything, including trick punt returns.
New England tried a trick play with pass from wide receiver Julian Edelman, but the Falcons snuffed it out for an incompletion.
The game was delayed briefly in the third quarter when two helmets got stuck together.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank just can’t stop dancing.
Tevin Coleman was the fourth different Falcons player with a touchdown in Super Bowl 51, giving Atlanta a 28-3 lead in the third quarter.
Taylor Gabriel juked Malcom Butler for this 35-yard gain.
Lady Gaga jumped from the roof of NRG Stadium and brought the house down during her halftime show. Then she ended it by dropping the mic and jumping off stage while catching a ball.
Martha Stewart’s pet falcon (what?) foresaw good things for Atlanta on Sunday.
The largest deficit overcome to win a Super Bowl is 10 points. The Patriots might be in trouble.
Donald Trump is hosting the most boring Super Bowl party in America.
Robert Alford returned an interception 82 yards, giving the Falcons a commanding 21-0 lead.
Julio Jones looked like Michael Jackson on this sideline catch.
Terry Bradshaw’s shirt stain was a damn commercial.
Deion Jones forced a fumble, giving the Falcons the first turnover of Super Bowl 51.
Tom Brady got sacked because his own lineman was shoved into him.
Patriots wide receiver and punt returner Julian Edelman accidentally steamrolled a ball boy on the sideline.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was listed on the injury report with “Super Bowl Nerves.”
Luke Bryan sang the national anthem in two minutes, four seconds, just under the over/under of 2:09.
Before the game
For the Falcons, it’s only the second trip to the Super Bowl in franchise history and a chance to win a ring for the first time. The only other trip came 18 years ago in Super Bowl XXXIII, but Atlanta came out on the losing end against the Denver Broncos, 34-19.
While the Falcons were a well-rounded team in 1998, this time they will look to ride a prolific offense that scored the most points in the NFL in the regular season and kept it going in the postseason with 80 points in two wins.
That offense is led by the deadly combination of NFL MVP quarterback Matt Ryan and All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones. But the defense finished No. 27 in the NFL in points allowed, even if it played significantly better in the final month of the season.
New England enters much more well-rounded, statistically. Three-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady leads the No. 3 scoring offense in the NFL, and no team allowed fewer points in the regular season than the Patriots.
Sunday will be the seventh Super Bowl for the duo of Brady and Bill Belichick, record amounts for any coach or quarterback. Don Shula coached in six Super Bowls during his Hall of Fame career, and Brady already surpassed John Elway’s record of five Super Bowl appearances when the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX two years ago.
In addition to the game Sunday, there’s plenty of pageantry that will come with the big stage at NRG Stadium in Houston. Lady Gaga will perform during halftime and Luke Bryan will sing the national anthem before the kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.