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.