New England won the coin toss – heads – and chose to receive. One had to wonder, with the momentum the Patriots had built in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, if Atlanta would even touch the ball in overtime. They do not! New England marched down the field 75 yards on eight plays, scoring on James White’s 2-yard touchdown run. Game over.
New England’s experience in games like this proved too much for an Atlanta fighter, who, for three quarters, gave New England everything she could handle, but in the final analysis didn’t have the experience to win it. The Patriots held the ball for 40 of 60 minutes, made more than 90 offensive plays and drained the Falcons defense to the point where the fourth quarter was all New England, typical of Coach Belichick.
The stunned Atlanta Falcons were in shock as the final score shone on the boards: 34-28!
After the game, Brady was asked how he did it, how he was able to bring the Patriots back after the big deficit. “We all bounced back,” said Brady, Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time, a record. “We never feel out of it.”
Postscript: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, enthusiastically booed by fans, shook Brady’s hand on the sidelines after the game. Ironic considering the “Deflategate” fiasco that resulted in Brady’s suspension for the first four games of the 2016 season.