Su­per come­back

New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots and leader Tom Brady stage wild come­back in fourth quar­ter to beat At­lanta in Su­per Bowl.

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY BARRY WIL­NER THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Tom Brady led one of the great­est come­backs in sports, let alone Su­per Bowl his­tory, lift­ing New Eng­land from a 25-point hole to the Pa­tri­ots’ fifth NFL cham­pi­onship in the game’s first over­time fin­ish.

The Pa­tri­ots scored 19 points in the fi­nal quar­ter, in­clud­ing a pair of 2-point con­ver­sions, then marched re­lent­lessly to James White’s 2-yard touch­down run in over­time beat­ing the At­lanta Fal­cons 34-28 Sun­day night.

Brady, the first quar­ter­back with five Su­per Bowl rings, guided the Pa­tri­ots (17-2) through a tir­ing At­lanta de­fence for fourth-quar­ter touch­downs on a 6-yard pass to Danny Amen­dola and a 1-yard run by White, which came with 57 sec­onds re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion. White ran for the first 2-pointer and Amen­dola did the deed with a re­cep­tion on the sec­ond.

Brady fin­ished 43 for 62, the most at­tempts in Su­per Bowl his­tory, for 466 yards and two touch­downs.

“You know, we all brought each other back,’’ Brady said. “We never felt out of it. It was a tough bat­tle. They have a great team. I give them a lot of credit. We just made a few more plays than them.”

Be­fore the stun­ning rally — New Eng­land al­ready held the big­gest come­back in the fi­nal pe­riod when it turned around a 10-point deficit to beat Seat­tle two years ago — the Fal­cons (13-6) ap­peared poised to take their first NFL cham­pi­onship in 51 sea­sons. Hav­ing never been in such a pres­sur­ized en­vi­ron­ment, their pre­vi­ously staunch pass rush dis­ap­peared, and Brady tore them apart.

“De­flate­gate” far be­hind them, Brady and Bill Belichick won their 25th post-sea­son game, by far a record. It’s hard to imag­ine a tenser vic­tory.

Belichick be­came the first coach with five Su­per Bowl crowns.

The Pa­tri­ots won the coin toss for over­time and it was no con­test. Brady com­pleted six passes. A pass in­ter­fer­ence call took the ball to the 2, and White scooted to his right and barely over the goal line.

His team­mates streamed off the side­line to en­gulf White as con­fetti streamed down from the NRG Sta­dium rafters.

AP PHOTO/DAVID J. PHILLIP

New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots’ Tom Brady cel­e­brates with head coach Bill Belichick af­ter win­ning the NFL Su­per Bowl 51 foot­ball game against the At­lanta Fal­cons in over­time Sun­day, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. The Pa­tri­ots won 34-28.

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