Super Bowl 2017 Score: Final Box Score and Analysis from Patriots vs. Falcons

David McCrackenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2017

Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28 after overtime.  / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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What looked to be one of the biggest blowouts in Super Bowl history became the biggest comeback. In an instant classic, the New England Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit on Sunday to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime. 

Led by Tom Brady, the Patriots overcame the biggest of odds as they held the Falcons to just seven points in the second half and overtime.

 

Box Score for Notable Players
PassingComp/AttPass YardsTD
Matt Ryan (Atlanta)17/232842
Tom Brady (New England)43/624662
RushingAttemptsRush YardsTD
Devonta Freeman (Atlanta)11751
Tevin Coleman (Atlanta)7290
LeGarrette Blount (New England)11310
James White (New England)6292
ReceivingCatchesYardsTD
Julio Jones (Atlanta)4870
Mohamed Sanu (Atlanta)2250
Austin Hooper (Atlanta)3321
James White (New England)141101
Julian Edelman (New England)5870
Danny Amendola (New England)8781
KickingMade FGAttempts
Matt Bryant (Atlanta)00
Stephen Gostkowski (New England)22
Source: NFL.com

 

Game recap/analysis

In a matchup that was pegged as offense vs. defense, the Falcons and their high-powered offense had little difficulty putting up points against the Patriots and their stout defenseparticularly in the first half.

Before Lady Gaga electrified those in NRG Stadium and the millions watching at home, the Patriots were facing an enormous 21-3 deficit. History was not on their side, as no team had come back from that type of deficit in Super Bowl history. 

The game started 0-0 heading into the second quarter, but then newly crowned NFL MVP Matt Ryan led his Falcons to 21 straight points with a perfect passer rating of 158.3, per NFL.com's Chris Wesseling:

It didn't take long for Ryan to lead his team to another touchdown. The ensuing extra point pushed the score to 28-3 before Brady was able to finally put some points on the board even though Stephen Gostkowski missed the extra point.

The Patriots were never in a rhythm on offense. The absence of Rob Gronkowski was evident during the game, as Brady could not find anyone for a big play down the middle of the field. 

It wasn't until the fourth quarter that the Patriots began to threaten Atlanta's lead. A sack-fumble led to the Patriots driving down the field for a Danny Amendola score, and a two-point conversion followed to bring the score to 28-20. 

The Patriots defense stepped up when it mattered most late in the game, giving Brady the ball back. And that's one player you don't want to give the ball to with the game on the line.

Aided by an incredible Julian Edelman catch, the Patriots were able to tie the game up at 28-28 with less than a minute left.

The Patriots went on to win the coin toss in overtime and drove down the field to Atlanta's 2-yard line. James White dove into the end zone to seal New England's 34-28 win.

With the victory, Bill Belichick and Brady have cemented themselves as one of the most successful head coach-quarterback duos in league history.

Considering their beef with the Deflategate scandal, the sweetest part of Brady winning the Super Bowl had to be seeing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell come over to shake his hand after the game. 

It's safe to say that Brady and his team got the last laugh on the day and the season.