This was another Very Brady Super Bowl Story, it was Atlanta's script, and it took a defense doing a fourth-quarter Mannequin Challenge and clueless play-calling from offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to rob the Falcons of their first-ever Lombardi Trophy.
After all, big offense is the Falcons' big weapon. Or the New England Patriots' absurd fifth title in the Tom Brady Era?
But three people dropped the ball, enabling the sport's greatest player to cash in on the Super Bowl's greatest collapse. Atlanta ran 46 plays.
- The Falcons are 8-2 in their red jerseys this season.
"We all brought each other back", Brady said as a shower of confetti fell on the field inside NRG Stadium. Normally, a hand that adds up to 17 is a losing hand-but the beauty of the ace is you can play it as an 11 or a one. In this case that goes for the offense. "Now those boys are playing".
The league accused the Patriots of illegally deflating footballs before the AFC Championship Game two years ago, or to the resulting legal fights over the Brady suspension.
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling not taking Leicester lightly
Phil Jones is Manchester United's only first-team injury absentee ahead of their visit to Premier League champions Leicester City. The Red Devils usually have their way with Leicester, losing only one of their last 17 against the Foxes.
The Patriots noticed the turnaround. If you don't buy it, then you're letting your hatred of the New England Patriots cloud your opinions too much. "So all of you haters need to shut up and just own up to it that he is the greatest". There's no question that they are. What they did was akin to hitting a 15 when the dealer has a six showing: They put themselves at risk.
And the young guys have taken the lead.
The Falcons harassed Brady early and sacked him five times with Grady Jarrett tying a Super Bowl record with three. Deion Jones is a fantastic linebacker. Jones and Neal each had more than 100 tackles this season to lead the team.
The fourth rookie starter, linebacker De'Vondre Campbell, could play a key role on Sunday against tight end Martellus Bennett.
The second basic strategy mistake the Falcons made was not rushing the football when they had a comfortable lead. [Julian Edelman's catch against a defender's foot] was one of the greatest catches I've ever seen. "But I want to say to our fans, our brilliant coaching staff, our awesome players, who are so spectacular, this is unequivocally the sweetest". Atlanta has just gotten better and better as the season as gone on while sporting the NFL's most dynamic offense. Expansion teams created after the merger get counted for whichever conference they're in, the NFC or AFC. But there was a holding call on Jake Matthews to push Atlanta back another 10 yards, and Matt Ryan came up short on the re-do.
Dont'a Hightower's strip-sack of Ryan gave the Patriots the ball at Atlanta's 25-yard line, which they turned in to a touchdown and two-pointer.