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New England Patriots win Super Bowl LI in dramatic fashion

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The New England Patriots win the Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons 34-28. Photo: JAMIE SQUIRE/GETTY IMAGES

Written by Liz Charre, President

A game which looked like was going to be a shutout turned into a dramatic ending when the New England Patriots stunned the Atlanta Falcons in overtime to win Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas last night.

The Falcons being the underdogs, they immediately jumped ahead in the first half to a 21-3 lead over the Patriots by the time it was halftime.

At halftime, Lady Gaga took the stage and blew everyone’s mind with her phenomenal performance. She performed her most popular hits leaving the crowd in surprise. The Falcons were 30 minutes away from claiming their first-ever Super Bowl victory after the performance.

As the Falcons were locked in, the Patriots needed to focus and regain momentum in order to come back and win the Super Bowl for the fifth time in franchise history. But in order to do that the Patriots had to score touchdowns, stop the Falcons offense, and defend. The third half didn’t work too well for the Patriots as they were down 28-9 when the beginning of the fourth quarter started.

The Falcons had a three-possession advantage over the Patriots and needed one more quarter to go to fulfill their dream of winning their first Super Bowl in franchise history.

Down 25 points at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Tom Brady and the Patriots had 15 minutes to pull off the biggest comeback. However, the Patriots only needed the fourth quarter to beat the Falcons in overtime with the final score of 34-28. The Patriots won the coin toss–giving them the first possession–sending the game to overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history. With a touchdown pass, the Patriots would win the Super Bowl without giving Matt Ryan and the Falcons a chance to touch the football.

In the scope of things, the Patriots scored on their first possession allowing them to win their fifth Super Bowl in franchise history. All five Super Bowls have happened as Tom Brady being the quarterback of the team. New England fans were left ecstatic running through the streets of Massachusetts while Falcons fans were left in disbelief, shock, and in tears.

Although the outcome wasn’t what was expected from several fans, those who were in Houston watching the Super Bowl live got their money’s worth because this game will go down in Super Bowl history. The drama, tension, and stress fans witnessed in Houston last night will be one to remember.

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