The 51st Super Bowl took place on February 5, 2017, when the New England Patriots battled the Atlanta Falcons. The bets went through the roof and a lot of bettors were happy that night.
The Patriots had already won 5 Lombardi Trophies in the last 16 years while the Falcons only made it to the Super Bowl once before, 18 years ago when they lost to the Denver Broncos 34-19. Unfortunately, this confrontation didn’t bring more luck to the Falcons because they lost in front of the Patriots 34-28 during the first overtime in Super Bowl history.
The first 15 minutes weren’t very interesting and the quarter ended without either team putting a point on the board. According to ESPN statistics, the Patriots led by Tom Brady didn’t go scoreless through 4 drives since the 4th week of the 2014 season when they lost against the Kansas City Chiefs 41-14.
Freeman scooted into the end zone scoring a touchdown. Later on, the NFL MVP made a throw to Austin Hooper who doubled Atlanta’s lead. By then it was pretty clear that Atlanta’s offensive players were going to hit New England’s defence pretty hard. The Patriots saved a field goal cutting Atlanta’s lead to 21-3. Still, it’s obvious that the first half was dominated by the Falcons.
The half time show
While the Falcons were already seeing themselves champions for the first time in the club’s history and the Patriots were gathering their strength to make an amazing comeback, Lady Gaga performed for the fans. She was dressed in her Gaga Stardust outfit and started with the classic Poker Face continuing with other major hits like Born This Way, Just Dance and Telephone.
She enchanted the crowds with her vocals and dance routines, but she didn’t attempt anything outrageous like her fans were trained to expect. All in all, her performance made one of the best Super Bowl half time sets of the century.
At the beginning of the 2nd half, the Falcons continue to increase their lead: 28-3. The Patriots managed to score a touchdown to reduce the difference. In the 4th quarter, the Falcons were still leading 28-9.
5 plays after Matt Ryan was sacked, Tom Brady threw the football to Danny Amendola for a six-yard touchdown pass and White obtained a 2 point conversion. At that moment, the score was 28-20 in favour of Atlanta.
The Patriots were coming back to life so that by the end of the second half, they were only a touchdown away from securing the title.
This is the first Super Bowl game ever to have overtime. Brady brought his A game making 14 and 18-yard throws to Amendola and Hogan respectively. White played the final role in winning the game for New England’s team with 34-28. One must admit that at the age of 39, Tom Brady had one of the best comebacks in the history of the NFL.