2. The Greatest Comeback in Sports History: Super LI New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons
Watching the New England Patriots come back from a 25-point deficit with just about 17 minutes left in the game was truly incredible and unbelievable.
The Patriots couldn’t seem to figure anything out during the first three quarters, as they could only muster up nine points (a field goal and a touchdown followed by a missed extra point).
Then, as the fourth quarter approached, the offense woke up — and the defense woke them up, courtesy of Dont’a Hightower forcing a fumble on Matt Ryan. Alan Branch recovered the ball and New England was finally cooking with gas, so to speak. Touchdowns from Danny Amendola and James White, as well as both players converting two-point conversions, tied the game at 28.
But the play of the game came late in the fourth quarter when Julian Edelman made a tremendous catch after Robert Alford tipped a Tom Brady pass … but Edelman didn’t stop until he held the ball in his hands.
This was the kind of play that seemingly always went against the Patriots in prior Super Bowls (David Tyree, Mario Manningham, and Jermaine Kearse), but the football gods blessed New England with a gift.
James White ended the game in overtime with a touchdown run on the goal line to complete the comeback, and Roger Goodell was forced to hand the Lombardi Trophy to Robert Kraft and his New England Patriots.