What an incredible finish to Super Bowl LI. After it appeared the Atlanta Falcons were going to run away and hide, jumping out to a 21-3 lead in the first half, the New England Patriots simply would not go away. They chipped away at the Falcons lead in the second half, then put up 19 points in the fourth quarter to tie up the game and send the Super Bowl into overtime for the first time in NFL history.
Winning the coin toss gave the Patriots the ball to start the extra period, and that was all they would need. Driving 75 yards in eight plays, running back James Wright, who led the game with 14 receptions for 110 yards, scored the Super Bowl clinching touchdown on a four-yard run. It was his second rushing touchdown of the game, giving him three total, with six carries for 29 yards to go with his receiving stats.
Tom Brady finished the game 43-for-62 for 466 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the Patriots, while Matt Ryan was 17-for-23 for 240 yards with two touchdowns for Atlanta.
The final score for Super Bowl 51 was Patriots 34 - Falcons 28. Brady was named the game’s MVP, the fourth time he has received the recognition.