Tom Brady, Patriots‘ epic rally ends with fifth Super Bowl title

New England Patriots‘ Tom Brady raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28.(Photo: Darron Cummings / AP)

HOUSTON – Tom Brady and Bill Belichick had an opportunity to cap the “Deflategate” saga with their fifth Lombardi Trophy. The Patriots came out flat. It didn’t matter.

Brady rallied New England to the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, overcoming a 25-point deficit to defeat the high-flying Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl LI on Sunday night at NRG Stadium. It was the first in NFL history go into an extra session. The previous largest comeback in a Super Bowl was 10 points. Brady, who was named MVP, completed 43 of 62 passes for 466 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

The Patriots trailed 21-0 in the second quarter, 21-3 at halftime and 28-3 with just over 17 minutes remaining in regulation, but scored 31 unanswered points to win the franchise’s fifth Lombardi Trophy in the Brady/Belichick era. Brady, who was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of this season as part of the fallout stemming from the Patriots’ use of under-inflated footballs in their 2014 AFC championship game victory against the Colts, is the only quarterback to win five rings.

James White caught 14 passes for 110 yards and a score, plus rushed for two more. Danny Amendola had eight catches for 78 yards and a score.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who was named NFL MVP on Saturday, was 17 of 23 for 284 yards and two touchdowns.

The Patriots scored 25 consecutive points bridging the third and fourth quarters, tying the game on James White’s 1-yard touchdown run, and a two-point conversion when Brady hit Danny Amendola, who crossed the goal line to tie the score with 57 seconds remaining.

The Falcons‘ offense never touched the ball again.

New England called heads and won the toss, then drove 75 yards in eight plays and 3:58, with White‘s 2-yard touchdown run sealing the victory.

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