A new standard has been set, as Tom Brady of the New England Patriots became the first quarterback in N.F.L. history to win five Super Bowls, leading his team to a 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
It looked like a blowout in Atlanta’s favor, with the Falcons racing to a 28-3 lead, but Brady, who had endured a great deal of pressure for much of the game, held tight and reeled off 25 consecutive points before the overtime period, getting a great deal of help from a circus catch by Julian Edelman that will help erase the Patriots’ painful memory of being sunk by David Tyree’s helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII.
After forcing the first overtime in Super Bowl history, the Patriots got the ball first and, as they have done so many times in Brady’s career, marched down the field, going 75 yards on eight plays, winning on James White’s 2-yard touchdown run.
“We all brought each other back,” said Brady, who was named Super Bowl M.V.P. for a record fourth time. “We never felt out of it.”
And while Brady’s journey was not quite as flawless, with two losses to go with his five wins, he now stands out as the most decorated quarterback of the Super Bowl era, and is tied with Charles Haley, the relentless defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys and the 49ers, for the most Super Bowl wins as a player. Brady also tied Bart Starr of the Green Bay Packers for the most N.F.L. championships by a quarterback, with Starr earning three titles before winning the first two Super Bowls.
Following the game, N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell presented the Patriots with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He was met with an extended chorus of boos thanks to his unpopular decision, among Patriots fans, to punish the team for the Deflategate scandal by suspending Brady for the first four games of this season. The Patriots went 3-1 with Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett filling in for Brady.
After Goodell handed the trophy to Robert K. Kraft, the owner of the Patriots, the boos turned into loud cheers. Kraft played to the crowd, making a thinly veiled reference to the punishment and calling it the sweetest win of his career.
“A lot has transpired over the last two years,” Kraft said. “I don’t think that needs a lot of explanation.”
Lady Gaga performed a medley of her hits, ranging from her 2008 album “The Fame” all the way to her most recent, “Joanne” at the Super Bowl Li halftime show.
Overall, the show took a very patriotic theme with an abundance of red, white and blue. She even opened her medley with “God Bless America” and “This Land Is Your Land.”
If you were waiting for a Beyoncé cameo (or any cameo, really) you can stop. Gaga didn’t share the stage with anyone.
(Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA;
— NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2017
witter.com/NFL/status/828415753833455616″>February 6, 2017
Source New york Times Benjamin Hoffman