In what has to be one of the closest games, let alone Superbowl games in recent history, the Atlanta Falcons were defeated by the New England Patriots, 34 to 28. The final touchdown came after an intense game where the Falcons initially dominated the first three quarters of the game. Surprisingly, the Patriots managed to come back in the final moments of the fourth quarter thanks to some strategic passes from Tom Brady and surprising catches from the team. This led to the first overtime in Superbowl history where the Patriots secured victory.
Based on national polls, Atlanta was favored (and hoped) by millions to win the Superbowl, this being only the second time the team has been to a Superbowl. Led by Matt Ryan, Falcons’ players Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Grady Jarrett, and Vic Beasley, Jr. were key to the team’s stronghold for most of the game. The Falcons had a record of 11-5, marking a stellar season and the hopes of building a stronger franchise in the Southern States for the NFL.
Unsurprisingly, the NFL MVP is Tom Brady, with Superbowl 51, marking his fifth Superbowl win and New England’s fifth one as well. A true record. This game is being described as the greatest comeback in post-season history. We have to agree that it was quite a game, with some highlights we will never forget like Lady Gaga’s lit Halftime Show and Julio Jones’ “Smooth Criminal” move to stay in bound.
Naturally, as Georgians and more importantly, ATLiens we were really rooting for our “Dirty Birds.” They played an amazing season, and an even better game. The Falcons may not have gotten the victory, but they Rose Up admirably. You can read a full recap of the game by clicking here. What did you guys think of Superbowl 51? Sound off in the comments section below!
Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning