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Patriots rally to beat Falcons in historic Super Bowl

Tom Brady hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl LI

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What a Super Bowl! (And no, I’m not just talking about Lady Gaga, though she killed it.) It was, in the words of Tom Brady, “a hell of a football game.”

The New England Patriots made an impressive comeback in the fourth quarter to win their fifth Super Bowl ever, this time against the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28. It was the first time in Super Bowl history that the game went into overtime. And Brady became the first quarterback to win five Super Bowl titles; he was also named MVP for the fourth time, the most ever.

Atlanta looked good for most of the game. Midway through the third quarter, they had a 28-3 lead over New England. But then came quarterback Matt Ryan’s fumble, setting up the Patriots to come back to tie it up at 28.

In overtime, New England running back James White rushed in for the game-winning touchdown. He finished with 139 total yards and three touchdowns, while Brady threw for 466 yards (a Super Bowl record) and two touchdowns.

“I saw a crease,” White said of that final play. “You have to find a way to make a play for your team at that point in the game – at the 3-yard line, 2-yard line, you just have to find a way in.”

And he certainly did.

Although many people are unhappy with the outcome of the game and are, naturally, tying it to politics (including the trending #NotMySuperBowlChamps on Twitter), the fact is this was one of the most exciting Super Bowls ever and will be remembered.

Check out some photos from Super Bowl LI here.

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