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Falcons lose in overtime

- Associated Press Pro Football Writer New England’s Tom Brady celebrates after a touchdown during the Super Bowl.

HOUSTON — They looked old and outmanned. Their star quarterbac­k was frazzled, their stingy defense was a sieve.

So what? Tom Brady and the New England Patriots shrugged and did what they always seem to do: Win the Super Bowl.

Brady led one of the greatest comebacks in sports history highlighte­d by a Julian Edelman catch that was almost beyond belief.

The Patriots pulled themselves out of a 25-point hole against the Atlanta Falcons to a 34-28 win for New En- gland’s fifth NFL championsh­ip. It was the first Super Bowl decided in overtime.

“There were a lot of plays that coach talks about, you never know which one is going to be the Super Bowl winner,” said Brady, who earned a record fourth MVP award and a fifth Super Bowl ring, the most for a quarterbac­k.

“There were probably 30 of those plays tonight and (if) any one of those were different, the outcome could have been different.”

But down 28-3 in the third quarter, Tom?

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