Super Bowl 51 Recap Super Bowl 51 Game Recap: New England Patriots 17-2-0 34 VS Atlanta Falcons 13-6-0 28 Final OT

Super Bowl 51 Game Recap








Chris Ransom Last Updated: February 5, 2017.



1. New England Patriots 17-2-0
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2. Atlanta Falcons 13-6-0


Game Recap: HOUSTON-The New England Patriots won the AFC and the Atlanta Falcons won the NFC. Both teams met in Houston where the Super Bowl 51 winner would be crowned.


New England and Atlanta took stage in Houston, Texas where George Herbert Walker Bush flipped the coin toss. Atlanta won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. New England received the ball to start the game.


New England took the touchback. The Patriots took the ball at their own 25-yard line. Julian Edelman dropped an easy pass. Brady threw a 9-yard screen pass to Julian Edelman. Deion Jones made a stop to force a fourth down. New England punted the football to Atlanta.


Paul Worrilow committed a holding penalty. That pushed Atlanta back ten yards on the punt. Devonta Freeman had a huge 37-yard run to begin the game. Atlanta's offensive line and receivers opened up a hole for Freeman.


Trey Flowers beat Jake Matthews to get to Matt Ryan by sacking him on third down. Julian Edelman got stopped from reaching the ten-yard line.


Tom Brady handed off a two yard run to Julian Edelman. Tom Brady threw a 13-yard pass to Danny Amendola. Brady threw another first down to wide receiver Chris Hogan. LeGarrette Blount ran for two rushing yards. That set up a second and eight situation. Tom Brady threw a completion to Malcolm Mitchell. Tom Brady threw a completion to running back James White. White got the ball to the Atlanta 40-yard line.


Tom Brady began the game 5/6 with 55 passing yards. Courtney Upshaw came in off the edge to sack Tom Brady setting up second nineteen. Deion Jones made an awesome deflection in coverage. Atlanta lined their middle linebacker up as a nickel corner as he made the deflection. Grady Jarrett got by left guard Joe Thuney. Atlanta had two critical sacks once New England reached the Atlanta 40-yard line to kill their momentum.


Atlanta got the ball at their own 12-yard line. Tevin Coleman had a 9-yard run. That made it second and one. Atlanta's 49 rushing yards best New England's 4 rushing yards so far in the first quarter.


Devonta Freeman had a gain of 2 rushing yards. That set up a second and eight following a Falcons first down. Logan Ryan did a good job stopping Tevin Coleman. Alan Branch made two stops on this drive. One was the run that stopped Freeman and the other involved Matt Ryan not being able to make the big play thanks to superb coverage by the Patriots.


Tom Brady threw a completion to Juliaan Edelman. Edelman used his route running to get by Robert Alford. Left tackle Nate Solder did an awesome job opening up a lane for LeGarrette Blount who ran it for 7-yards. Neither team scored in the first quarter.


Tom Brady threw it to Edelman again who used his route running to get by Robert Alford. Alford redeemed himself after recovering a fumble that Deion Jones forced. Jones had 3 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 4 total tackles, 1 deflection for a pass breakup on third down, and 1 forced fumble.


Matt Ryan threw a completion to Julio Jones. Jones caught a 19-yard pass. Jones caught another reception. Freeman ran for another first down. Atlanta had a lot of momentum before Dont'a Hightower called a timeout.


Devonta Freeman ran it in for a touchdown on a cut. Freeman gave Atlanta a 7-0 lead. Freeman had 71 rushing yards on his first 6 carries along with a rushing touchdown. Kyle Shanahan called the what Pete Carroll should have done in Super Bowl 49 play.


Tom Brady got the ball back. C.J. Goodwin with the coverage on that play. Goodwin made a tackle on third down.


Matt Ryan began the game 6/6 for 96 passing yards. Duron Harmon deflected a pass to prevent a touchdown. Matt Ryan threw a touchdown to Austin Hooper. Atlanta took a 14-0 lead.


Tom Brady threw a completion. Brady threw another incompletion though. Robert Alford had a pick 6 to make it a 21-0 game.


Tom Brady threw a 29-yard completion to James White to put the Patriots in field goal range. James White made some completions that gave New England a chance to get a field goal. Atlanta led 21-3 at halftime. The Falcons got the ball heading into the second half.


Matt Ryan threw a passing touchdown. That made it 28-3. Tom Brady threw a touchdown to make it a 28-9 game. Atlanta led 28-9 after three quarters.


New England got a field goal in the fourth quarter to make it 28-12. Alan Branch forced a fumble which gave Tom Brady enough time to drive the ball downfield. New England got a two point conversion to make it 28-20 when James White ran it in.


Atlanta got into field goal range. It looked like it was over. Two sacks by New England ended the Falcons drive giving New England the ball back.


Chris Hogan came up with a huge third down conversion. Tom Brady threw a first down to Malcolm Mitchell. Tom Brady threw a pass to Julian Edelman. Edelman made an incredible catch. The Patriots got another first down with Tom Brady getting the ball at the Atlanta 21-yard line.


James White made a critical catch. That made it first and goal for New England. New England went for a two point conversion. That conversion tied the game at 28.


Atlanta threw an interception, but the Patriots defender only had one foot inbounds. The fourth quarter ended with a 28-28 score. I predicted this game would would go to overtime with New England winning 39-33. New England got the ball to start overtime after winning the coin toss.


Tom Brady began this overtime by throwing a completion to James White. Tom Brady threw a first down to Danny Amendola. Then Brady threw another first down to Chris Hogan. Tom Brady went back to White for another completion. James White scored the game-winning touchdown. New England won Super Bowl 51 34-28.


James White was without a doubt the player of the game. The New England Patriots running back had 6 carries, 29 rushing yards, 1 of those carries resulting in a two point conversion that made it 28-20, 2 rushing touchdowns, 14 receptions, 110 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, and 3 total touchdowns. James White was the biggest reason why the Patriots rallied to this Super Bowl win.


This was a huge win for New England. New England became the fourth NFL team to win five Super Bowls. Bill Belichick became the first NFL head coach to win five Super Bowls. Tom Brady became first NFL quarterback in league history to win five Super Bowls. Tom Brady won his fourth Super Bowl MVP after throwing a career high 466 passing yards in Super Bowl 51 cementing his legacy as the GOAT to play at quarterback.







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