New England opens the game with a near perfect drive, going 75 yards in six plays. Martellus Bennett capped off the drive with a 13 yard catch near the pylon. LeGarrette Blount started the game off with a 35 yard catch and run and a 12 yard rush, giving the Patriots great field position, leading to the touchdown. Tom Brady completed 3 of his 4 passes for 63 yards.
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The Patriots defense was just as good as their offense to start this game as they force a 3 and out on Matt Ryan and Falcons offense.
After a 55 yard punt by Matt Bosher , the Patriots took over from their 9 yard line.
For a second straight time, the Falcons defense had no answer for Brady and the Patriots offense. New England went 91 yards in 8 plays. Dion Lewis was spread out wide and caught a pass over the middle, which he took 43 yards for a touchdown, giving the Patriots a quick 14-0 lead.
Desperately needing to make something happen, the Falcons take over from the 25 yard line.
Nearly going 3 and out, Matt Ryan hooked up with Taylor Gabriel for 18 yards on a third and two, keeping the drive alive. Julio Jones got the Falcons on the board with back to back catches, with his touchdown reception going for 21 yards. Ryan threw a beautiful lob pass to the corner of the end zone and Jones simply went up and got it. He had one on one coverage with Malcolm Butler.
This cut the Pats lead to 14-7 as we near the end of the first quarter.
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Both teams would exchange punts as the score stays 14-7 with just under six minutes to play in the first half.
Brady would put together another nice drive completing 5 of his 6 passes, leading to a 32 yard field goal for Stephen Gostkowski, putting the Patriots up 17-7 with 1:32 left in the half.
Trying to get points on the board before the half, Matt Ryan took a shot down the field to Mohamed Sanu, which he caught down the sideline for 42 yards. This set up a 49 yard field goal for Matt Bryant, which he nailed as time expired.
Patriots lead 17-10 at the break.
Atlanta would get the ball to start the half with a chance to tie the game. Devonta Freeman started the drive with three straight runs for 38 yards, moving the ball into Patriots territory. After two incomplete passes, Ryan connected with rookie tight end Austin Hooper for a first down, but Hooper was stripped by Dont'a Hightower right around the 15 yard line, and it was scooped up by Alan Branch.
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After a 18 yard catch by Julian Edelman, the Atlanta defense forced a Patriots punt. Ryan Allen would pin the Falcons inside their own 5.
It was the Julio Jones show on this drive as the Falcons use 11 plays to go 96 yards and tie the game up at 17. Jones caught 4 passes on the drive for 48 yards and scoring his second touchdown of the game. Matt Ryan threw for 67 yards on the drive, completing 7 passes.
Tom Brady would nearly match what Matt Ryan just did, as Brady completes 6 of 8 on the drive for 63 yards as the Patriots retake the lead on a Chris Hogan 11 yard touchdown. Brady completed passes to five different receivers on the drive.
Down 24-17, with under a minute to play in the third, the Falcons take over from their 25.
Atlanta did a great job on the drive mixing in Tevin Coleman with Freeman, as Coleman carried the ball 4 times for 27 yards and caught a 14 yard screen pass. This helped lead the Falcons to a second Matt Bryant field goal, this time from 31 yards out. Cutting the Patriots lead to 24-20 with 9:19 left in the game.
Looking to kill some clock, the Patriots went back to the ground game with Blount who is nearing 100 yards. After back to back 12 yard gains, the Patriots were at the 50. Atlanta nearly forced a punt, but on third down Brady was able to escape pressure and found Malcolm Mitchell over the middle for 19 yards. On the next play Brady was hit by Vic Beasley Jr. as he released his pass, causing a wobbly ball which ended up in the hands of Ricardo Allen at the 12 yard line.
Feeling a big momentum swing, the Falcons used it to their advantage. Matt Ryan four passes of 10+ yards on the drive, two going to Julio Jones, one going to Freeman and the other going to Gabriel. Freeman got the Falcons inside the 5 on 17 yard run, before Tevin Coleman took a toss to the outside, scoring a go ahead touchdown as he dove over the pylon.
With just 3:11 left in the game, Tom Brady and the Patriots offense took over, trailing 27-24.
Brady from his own 25, started the drive off with an 11 yard pass to James White, before nearly getting picked off by Deion Jones on the second play. On back to back plays, Brady connects with Julian Edelman picking up a first down at the Falcons 49 as we reach the 2 minute warning.
On a 2nd and 3, Brady was sacked by Beasley, for a loss of 9, making it 3rd and 12. Brady would hit Hogan on a slant route for 15 yards, picking up the first down with just over a minute to play. Two plays later, Brady threw a screen pass to Edelman who got a beautiful block from Martellus Bennett, and he would tip toe his way down to the Falcons 6 yard line. The very next play, Brady on a play action pass would find Danny Amendola across the middle for an easy score, putting the Patriots back up 31-27 with 42 seconds left in the game.
Eric Weems would take the kickoff to the 38 yard line, setting the Falcons up with good field position. Matt Ryan would complete passes to Freeman and Sanu to get to the Patriots 42, but with 20 seconds left he would force a pass to Julio Jones who was double covered and was picked off by, who else, Malcolm Butler.
Brady would take a knee and won his fifth Super Bowl ring.
The New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons 31-27 in Super Bowl LI.
Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP.
- Tom Brady - 32/44, 376 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception
- LeGarrette Blount - 17 rushes, 97 yards, 2 receptions, 39 yards
- Dion Lewis - 7 rushes, 22 yards, 4 receptions 61 yards, 1 touchdown
- Julian Edelaman - 9 catches, 88 yards
- Chris Hogan - 5 catches, 72 yards, 1 touchdown
- Martellus Bennett - 3 catches, 52 yards, 1 touchdown
- Danny Amendola - 2 catches, 18 yards, 1 touchdown
- Matt Ryan - 29/47, 359 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
- Devonta Freeman - 16 rushes, 83 yards, 5 receptions 33 yards
- Tevin Coleman - 6 rushes, 32 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 receptions, 22 yards
- Julio Jones - 11 receptions, 149 yards, 2 touchdown
- Mohamed Sanu - 4 receptions, 76 yards
- Taylor Gabriel - 4 receptions, 49 yards