By: Seth Gainey
The New England Patriots played the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on February 5.
The Falcons had the lead early in the game early, scoring in the second quarter. The Falcons’ running back, Devonta Freeman, rushed for a touchdown. After that, the Falcons’ cornerback, Robert Alford intercepted a pass by Brady and returned it for an 82 yard touchdown. The score at half time was 21-3. All the fans that the Falcons were definitely going to win the game.
In the third quarter, the Patriots kicked a field goal to have their first points of the game. The Patriots kicker, Stephen Gostkowski, kicked another field goal to make the game 28-9 going into the fourth quarter.
To start the last quarter Gostkowski kicked another field goal. The Patriots’ receiver, Danny Amendola, caught a touchdown pass. Patriots’ running back James White, scored a two point conversion after the receiving touchdown by Amendola. The Falcons got the ball back, and drove it down the field, but Patriots’ linebacker, Dont’a Hightower, sacked Ryan. The Falcons had to punt the ball back to the Patriots. Brady took the team 91 yards down the field, and White ran it in for a one yard touchdown. White also scored the two point conversion to send the game to overtime .The Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady threw 466 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. The Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 284 yards, and two touchdowns. The Patriots’ leading receiver was Julian Edelman. Edelman had five catches, and 87 receiving yards. The Falcons’ leading receiver was Julio Jones. Jones caught four passes, and had 87 receiving yards.
During the first overtime in Super Bowl history, the Patriots received the ball first and drove down the field to score, and won the game! The final score was 34-28.