Danny Amendola scored one of the Patriots’ two fourth-quarter touchdowns that helped New England overcome a 25-point deficit
Elite Ben Zobrist Jersey The Falcons didn’t have much impact in the return game, but give them credit for awareness and the ability to recover a Patriots’ onside kick in the second half. The play would have been wiped out by a New England penalty, but it showed preparation on the biggest stage.
The New England Patriots erased a deficit of 28-3 and went on to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl LI. Here’s a report card on the Falcons’ performance:
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This was a script that not even Hollywood could have come up with for believability, especially when considering the greatest Super Bowl comeback had previously been 10 points.
Danny Amendola scored one of the Patriots’ two fourth-quarter touchdowns that helped New England overcome a 25-point deficit.
Linebacker Dont’a Hightower’s strip sack in the fourth quarter changed the momentum of the game, and receiver Julian Edelman’s 23-yard “how-did-he-do-that?” catch was the reverse David Tyree.
“That’s the best catch I’ve ever seen in person. That’s why they call him Julian Incredible-man,” marveled Hightower.
As for his strip sack, Hightower said, “It’s not a complicated blitz, just blitzing outside, and they had run the play once or twice the previous series. I guess [Devonta] Freeman didn’t see me outside and went to chip or release, and lost sight of me. I see Matt Ryan with the ball in his hands and I wanted it, so I went and took it.”
The grade isn’t for the total, necessarily — Atlanta had 102 yards rushing early in the fourth quarter — but they did damage early to set the tone. They found early room on the perimeter.