The New England Patriots have completed a stirring comeback to win a thrilling Super Bowl 51. The Atlanta Falcons blew a 25-point lead as the Patriots claimed victory in overtime.
The New England Patriots produced a spectacular comeback against the Atlanta Falcons to claim their fifth Super Bowl, winning 34-28.
The Falcons surged into a commanding 25-point lead and seemed on course to pull off a stunning upset.
Renowned New England quarterback Tom Brady threw an interception that led to an 82-yard touchdown in the second quarter, bringing the score to 21 to 0.
It marked the first interception return for a touchdown by a cornerback in the history of the Super Bowl.
Following an impressive halftime show performance by American singer Lady Gaga, Brady managed to pick up steam and follow through on a number of plays.
With less than two minutes on the clock, Brady drove the ball to the endzone, complimenting the touchdown with a two-point conversion and solidifying the game's overtime conclusion.
"We all brought each other back," Brady said after the game. "We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle. They have a great team."
US President Donald Trump took to Twitter, his preferred social media platform, to praise the Patriots for their victory.
Two years ago, Brady led the Patriots to win the Super Bowl to overcome a 10-point deficit. He received the Most Valuable Player Award for his performance in the Super Bowl, cementing his legacy as one of the most prolific champions in American football.
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