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Super Bowl might have been best ever

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It’s almost unbelievable. Super Bowl LI was a blowout, which is typical of the NFL’s championship game.

With just more than 4 minutes left in the third quarter, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw a touchdown to running back Tevin Coleman essentially sealing a championship with the score 28-3.

Things looked promising for the Falcons and their owner Arthur Blank even came down from the luxury suite to be on the sideline. The game seemed over, people even stopped watching it at the party I was and resorted to apps on their phones or social media.

Then the unthinkable happened, four-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and the New England Patriots scored 31 unanswered points completing the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history as they captured the franchise’s fifth championship since 2002, 34-28.

It was a game of firsts for the Pats. Brady and head coach Bill Belichick became the first player and coach to win the Super Bowl five times. It was also the first in Super Bowl history to go into an overtime period and Brady set a passing record with 466 yards on 62 attempts.

The Patriots did take the game, but the Falcons also gave it to them. Quarterback Matt Ryan looked unstoppable until the third quarter when the offense became inept, punting and turning the ball over the New England several times.

The Patriots capitalized on Atlanta mistakes, especially Brady, who nabbed his fourth Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award. Running back James White played a huge role in the comeback too as he recorded 110 receiving yards, 29 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns.

“James White is like my oldest son,” Brady told reporters following the win. “He just does everything right. You can’t get mad at him.”

Social media erupted with criticism of the Falcons for blowing the lead and Brady for his support of President Donald J. Trump as well as his four-game suspension he served earlier this year for his role in “Deflategate.” According to the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell, Brady worked with a team employee to deflate footballs before games under the required amount.

It was an awkward moment when Goodell presented Brady, Belichick, owner Robert Kraft and the rest of the team with the championship trophies. It was like running into your ex in public and they are with someone extremely gorgeous, it was tense.

Patriot fans took to the streets to rub it in Goodell’s face on Tuesday when some supporters spelled “F— Goodell” and a picture of a penis in the snow near Foxborough Stadium. Other fans voiced their displeasure with Brady’s open sup- port of President Donald J. Trump. Earlier this season, Brady spoke to reporters in front of his locker with a “Make America Great Again” hat prominently on display.

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