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Madden NFL predicts Patriots will win Super Bowl LI


SB Nation
80 d ago

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It’s accurate more often than not, too.

In an annual tradition, one of the most popular sports video games released ever year, the franchise, picks its Super Bowl winner. This year, virtual Tom Brady completes a pass to virtual Julian Edelman with under 20 seconds left to win the whole virtual shebang.

But is this a harbinger of things to come? is 9-13 on picking Super Bowl winners, but it’s only been right once in the last three seasons. (The simulation picked the Panthers last season.)

If this is too realistic for your sensibilities, then might I direct you to an extrapolated version of the most important 1-on-1 matchup that we did this week.

Patriots CB Malcolm Butler said he wanted Falcons WR Julio Jones four years ago. . But what if the entire team was made of Jones and Butler respectively? Well, the evil studio geniuses at SB Nation did just that:

In our simulation, team Jones’ Falcons win the day.

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That’s one big reason the StriVR system uses 360-degree video of plays, often shot during team practices, instead of 3D graphics. It’s closer to an immersive film than a fully interactive simulation, but as Fortune reported when we first checked in on StriVR in 2015, research shows that seeing real humans in action helps the brain refine its timing and stay focused. And because football is based on coordinated plays with fixed timing ( at least in theory ), rote repetition helps program players’ muscle memory.
There’s an intriguing further possibility here. Intel’s 360 video system allows a ‘virtual’ camera to recreate a first-person perspective by compiling film shot from a variety of outside angles. If teams could get access to the full feed of game cameras, they could give QBs virtual run-throughs of past real games, even if there was nobody on the field wearing a 360 camera.
According to Recode , StriVR has expanded its list of NFL clients to six. It has also started building experiences for fans, including a Boston Red Sox VR project, and a hockey ‘goalie simulator’ that lets LA Kings fans practice blocking pucks.
Be the #LAKings goalie with our VR Experience at tonight's game outside of Section 105! pic.twitter.com/DUlNFj4U1a
— #LAKings (@LAKings) January 19, 2017
Of course, there’s a vague dystopian edge to all this. If quarterbacks are training in VR, and fans are watching the game in immersive 360 video, does the actual action on the field get lost in the virtual shuffle?
But the transition of spectatorship to television has already irrevocably changed how we experience sports—if anything, VR is most people’s best chance to reconnect with games that cost hundreds of dollars to attend in person. And the game could benefit immensely if VR training fulfills its promise, giving players more insight and, at least as important, longer careers. For a strange and promising parallel, just look at the world of chess, where computer training has raised the bar for human players .
And if you’re really worried about technology creeping into your Sunday ritual, here’s one big reassurance: it’ll be a while before a robot can throw deep on the run.
This story originally appeared on Fortune.com . Copyright 2017
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Patriots win Super Bowl with record comeback
For the first time, a Super Bowl needed overtime, and for the fifth time, the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions.
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80 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 picks and predictions: Experts nearly split between Falcons, Patriots
The Super Bowl should be a close contest, and a lot of people like the Falcons’ chances to win their first-ever title.
The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots are set to clash in Super Bowl 51, and this promises to be one of the closer matchups in recent memory. Both teams sport powerful offenses and we have the potential for an epic shootout.
The Patriots are reaching “been there, done that” status, with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in their seventh Super Bowl together. However, they still have the chance to make history — Brady could become the first-ever quarterback to win five Super Bowl titles. Despite missing the first four games and missing Rob Gronkowski for most of the season, he had another stellar year with 28 touchdown passes to just two interceptions.
The Falcons are led by MVP winner Matt Ryan , who had his best season yet, setting career highs in touchdowns (38), passing yards (4,944), and QB Rating (117.1). Julio Jones is a lethal weapon at receiver, despite battling a toe injury in recent weeks, and although the Falcons have a weak defense on paper, they still have the capability of plain outscoring any opponent they come across. Belichick would be wise to not take this young, hungry team for granted.
New England has been a steady 3-point favorite since the line opened following the conference championship game, but based on the expert picks below, it’s nearly a total toss-up as to which team lifts the Lombardi Trophy when all is said and done.
The experts at ESPN don’t give the Falcons much a chance, with seven of eight writers picking the Patriots. However, it’s a different story at CBS Sports , where a majority (five of eight) went with the Falcons. Our picks here at SB Nation were split evenly down the middle — four writers picked the Patriots, and four took the Falcons. The OddsShark computer broke the tie by predicting that Atlanta would win.
SB Nation
80 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 time and TV schedule for Patriots vs. Falcons
It’s Patriots vs. Falcons for Super Bowl 51 and we’ve got the info you need to watch the game.
The Super Bowl is just hours away, and the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots should provide for an entertaining game. While the Patriots do have a strong defense, and allowed the fewest points of any team this season, both teams feature powerful offenses and a high-scoring game is certainly in the cards.
Sunday’s game is set for 6:30 p.m. ET from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The game will be broadcast on Fox in the United States, with a live stream available online at Fox Sports GO. That service typically requires login information from a cable or satellite provider, but the Super Bowl will not carry that requirement, so it will be free to everyone in the country to stream.
Matt Ryan has always been a prolific passer, but this year has been the best of the newly minted NFL MVP’s career. He led the Falcons to the most-potent scoring offense in the league and they’ll need it against New England’s stingy defense.
Where the Falcons have come up short in the past is on defense. In recent years, they’ve allowed a lot of yards and points, and have been unable to get to opposing quarterbacks. This year, they still allowed a ton of yards, but one difference is they have had an effective pass rush, led by Vic Beasley .
Getting to Tom Brady is the biggest goal for the Falcons. They won’t be able to shut the Patriots out, not with the way they have played defense this season and not with the way the Patriots have played on offense. But if they can rattle Brady, who is incredibly difficult to rattle, then they’ll have a chance.
In the regular season, the Falcons had the league’s 25th-ranked defense. They also ranked 27th in the league in points allowed, with 25.4 points per game. However, the unit has been much stronger during the postseason.
The Patriots, on the other hand, allowed just 15.6 points per game in the regular season. No other team gave up fewer points.
Of course, for the Patriots, they’re looking at the same goal defensively. They need to limit Ryan, who was also named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year this season. His past playoff performances have been lacking, but in two postseason games this year, Ryan has thrown seven touchdowns with no interceptions.
Below is all you need to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday.
How to Watch
When: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
TV: Fox
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, and Chris Myers
Halftime performers: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
Online: Fox Sports Go
SB Nation
80 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 coin toss prop bet: Patriots will probably pick ‘heads’
The Patriots lose the toss a lot, and they almost always go with “heads.”
Super Bowl prop bets have expanded to the point that nearly anything related to the event can be bet on. This year, bettors can wager on Super Bowl MVP ( Tom Brady is the favorite), whether anyone not named Brady or Matt Ryan will throw a pass, or how many times Gronk’s name will be said on the broadcast. Then there are some oddly specific bets.
Will Julio Jones have more receiving yards than the Boston Celtics score points? Will Alex Ovechkin score more points than the Falcons record sacks? Will Roger Goodell be seen shaking hands with Brady, Bill Belichick or Bob Kraft after the game? How long will it take for Luke Bryan to sing the national anthem? How many times will Donald Trump tweet during the game? What color will the liquid poured on the winning coach be?
But for some, sticking to the basics is best. Betting on the coin flip has become a classic, known to make or break your Super Bowl before it even starts.
As the designated away team, the Patriots will be making the call in the air. It won’t be a secret which side of the coin they’ll choose either. According to the New York Times, the Pats have picked heads every time for the past two years. They have another trend going too. In their past four Super Bowls, they’ve lost the coin toss each time, according to OddsShark . Take that as you will.
The question is whether the coin George H.W. Bush will flip lands on it. The 92-year-old was announced as the coin-flipper on Wednesday after his recovery from pneumonia.
As far as odds go, Super Bowl coin tosses have gone almost evenly, as you’d expect. It’s landed on heads 24 times and tails 26 times. For more recent numbers, it’s been heads in five of the last eight events.
The bet is set at -105 for both outcomes on Bovada.lv.
Good luck.
Fox News
80 d ago
Why Atlanta's Vic Beasley is Super Bowl LI's most important player
Beasley's play will determine the contest, but we don't know which team it'll benefit.
SB Nation
79 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 live stream: Falcons vs. Patriots airs online for free
Matt Ryan and Tom Brady are looking to lead their teams to victory in Super Bowl LI.
The New England Patriots will face the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Both teams have a high-octane offense and a top-notch quarterback orchestrating it.
Fox, which will broadcast the game, is also offering it online for free via FoxSportsGo. Usually the streaming service requires viewers to verify their cable subscription, but the network is doing away with that for the Super Bowl.
For New England, quarterback Tom Brady will be looking for his fifth Super Bowl ring. Brady continues to show the league that he can play well even as his age nears the big 4-0. He was suspended for the first four games of the season because of his role in DeflateGate, but New England still managed to go 3-1 without him. When Brady returned to the gridiron, the offense — and the team as a whole — played much better.
With Brady under center, the Patriots went 11-1 and clinched the top seed in the AFC. When tight end Rob Gronkowski went down with a season-ending ruptured disk injury , many thought the Patriots’ offense would regress.
That certainly did not happen, as New England finished in the top 10 of every major offensive category in 2016. Brady threw for 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns, and two interceptions.
Running back LeGarrette Blount has been superb this season as well. He used his power and speed to wreak havoc on defenses that were focused on stopping the passing attack. Blount finished the regular season with 1,161 rushing yards and a league-high 18 touchdowns.
Defensively, New England did not surrender a lot of big plays while creating turnovers. It had a top-10 defense in the regular season and only gave up an average of 16.5 points in the postseason.
Much like the Patriots, the Falcons have one of the best offenses in the league. Led by star quarterback Matt Ryan , Atlanta can light up the scoreboard.
Ryan has been having a stellar season, throwing for 4,944 yards to go along with 38 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The 31-year-old signal caller makes plays when his team needs them most.
Ryan led Atlanta to an 11-5 record and to the second seed in the NFC.
He is referred to as “Matty Ice” because he performers well under pressure. However, this offense has more lethal players in its arsenal. Receiver Julio Jones and running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman have been key contributors.
Jones uses a combination of strong route-running skills, speed, and strength to get open and make big plays. Opposing defensive backs in the league struggled with containing him. The four-time Pro Bowl receiver finished with 1,409 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 2016.
Freeman and Coleman are ferocious runners. They do not like to shy away from contact, and both of them have the strength to pick up tough yards. They combined for 1,599 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns.
Defensively, Atlanta has been inconsistent. In the regular season, this unit was the 25th-ranked defense in the NFL. However, it has played well in the playoffs, surrendering 20.5 points per game.
The Falcons need to continue that trend if they’re going to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the game. Linebacker Vic Beasley and Co. must get pressure on Brady and not let him sit in a clean pocket.
Both offenses can score, but this game will come down to which defensive unit can create turnovers and not give up a lot of points.
How to Watch
When: 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
TV: Fox
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, and Chris Myers
Halftime performers: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett
Online: Fox Sports Go
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SB Nation
80 d ago
The field in Houston for Super Bowl LI looks absolutely fantastic
NRG Stadium’s got a new look.
A process that started at least 11 days prior has come to a conclusion just in time. The field is painted for Super Bowl 51.
PHOTO: The field already taking shape in Houston. Is it game day yet? #Patriots #Falcons #SB51 pic.twitter.com/MB73YPIcCg
— PatsFans.com (@PatsFans) January 27, 2017
The #SB51 end zones gussied up with a nice, fresh coat of paint. Ready to roll. #RiseUp #Patriots #RESB51 pic.twitter.com/NPcekvmvPM
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) February 5, 2017
You are looking live at the field for #SB51 in Houston. Coming along nicely. Todd Barnes pic pic.twitter.com/2BafLyTTIt
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) January 27, 2017
This is a marked improvement from last year where the grounds crew in Santa Clara painted the Broncos logo in the wrong end zone before rectifying the mistake. The logos are in the right place and we’re ready to go.
NRG Stadium has artificial turf, and for this game the NFL had the end zones replaced as well as the area around the midfield, according to The Associated Press. The artificial turf does create some unique challenges, however .
"It's got an in-field system in it which is sand and rubber," NFL field director Ed Mangan said.
"Making sure that those two are coordinated in the proper amounts, the proper softness, working with concussion statistics and getting the field ... to sound at the right numbers. Low numbers obviously, so that if you fall on it and hit your head things rebound.
"Those are the perfect numbers that we're looking for. Making sure the seams are right, no trip hazards and of course making sure the artwork looks good."
Seems like those have been overcome, and the field looks ready to go.
Business Insider
80 d ago
How to stream the Super Bowl for free
Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports
Fox is doing everyone a solid and letting you stream Sunday's Super Bowl game over the internet for free. 
Just download the Fox Sports GO app for iPhone/iPad , Android , Kindle Fire , Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, Android TV, or Fire TV. You can also watch it on your computer by visiting foxsportsgo.com .
The Fox Sports GO app usually makes you log in using your cable or satellite provider's credentials, but the network is making an exception for the Super Bowl. It's totally free. No sign-in necessary. Just open the app and start watching.
The Super Bowl starts at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday February 5. Happy streaming.
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80 d ago
How to watch Super Bowl LI, Patriots vs. Falcons: time, TV, streaming, odds
Your guide to catching all the action on Super Bowl Sunday.
The Verge
80 d ago
Who killed the Super Bowl commercial?
Remember when you proudly watched the Super Bowl just for the commercials? The 1990s were an advertising heyday for Budweiser, Pepsi, and a handful of forgotten dot com companies, all of whom jockeyed to win the nation's approval with trippy short films featuring talky animals and unshakeable catch phrases. People would have them printed on t-shirts or inked into tattoos.
Things have changed. Over the last two decades, the Super Bowl ad lost its punch. The rise of late night pot-friendly television, internet videos, meme culture, and GIFs have normalized weirdness and reduced pop culture moments to mere minutes. The Super Bowl ad's time has passed, leaving us to appreciate the Doritos or Heinz commercial with a smile as it erases itself...
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Mashable
80 d ago
6 things to look forward to in Super Bowl LI if you're really into referees
Hey there, fellow Ref Heads! 
It's that special time of year again when the two best teams in the NFL go head-to-head to finally crown a champion. But the real show, as always, is going to be that sweet, sweet refereeing. It has been an exciting playoffs, as the referees have called every penalty from delay of game to illegal motion, and frankly, we can't get enough!
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SB Nation
80 d ago
NFL rule changes: What you need to know for the Super Bowl
Here’s a quick refresher before you watch the big game.
If you love to yell at the refs for getting the call wrong, here’s an excellent opportunity for you to brush up on your knowledge of the NFL rulebook.
Most people who will tune into the Super Bowl are already familiar with most of the NFL’s new rules. But for many, it’s nice to have a refresher before the big game, especially if they haven’t been watching the playoffs this year, which have been underwhelming.
So with that, here’s a rundown of what took place over the course of the 2016 offseason, courtesy of NFL Operations, and the changes that were made to improve the NFL rulebook. (Spoiler: We still don’t know what a catch is. )
Point after tries are now more difficult
The NFL permanently moved the line of scrimmage for extra point attempts to the 15-yard line. Defenses are also allowed to return any missed attempt the length of the field, for what would be a two-point safety . The owners approved a one-year trial of the rule change two seasons ago, and they adopted the rule for good prior to the 2016 season.
Play callers in the coaches’ box can now communicate with players via headset
The NFL now permits offensive and defensive play callers on each team’s coaching staff to use the coach-to-player communication system, whether the coaches happen to be on the field or upstairs in the coaching booth. Previously, only coaches standing on the sideline had been able to communicate with players through this system.
This rule probably won’t make a difference in the Super Bowl — both Josh McDaniels and Kyle Shanahan will probably be on the field in this matchup.
The NFL is cracking down on player safety All chop blocks are now illegal. Certain types of cut blocks are still legal, and there are more nuances to the rule. Be sure to check out our full explanation of the rule here, if you’re interested. The horse collar rule is now expanded to include when a defender grabs an opponent’s jersey at or above the nameplate and pulls a runner toward the ground. Teams are punished for calling timeouts they don’t have
If a team calls a timeout when it is not permitted to do so (usually when the team has no timeouts remaining), it is now a delay-of-game foul. If the team on offense is the team in violation, opposing defenses have the choice to accept a 10-second clock runoff.
The type of penalty enforcement changes when a certain type of ineligible receiver catches a pass
Rather than enforce a 5-yard penalty for when a receiver illegally touches a forward pass after being out of bounds and re-establishing himself inbounds, officials will now enforce a loss of down for the same offense.
Players will not be able to advance the ball after a change of possession and penalties on both teams
When both teams commit a foul after a change of possession, the spot of enforcement now changes. According to the new rule, the team last in possession shall retain the ball at the spot where it gained possession.
The league office can now get involved
The replay official and designated members of the officiating department at the NFL league office are now allowed to consult with on-field officials to provide information on the correct application of playing rules, including assessment of penalty yardage, proper down, and status of the game clock.
The “two strikes and you’re out” rule
This rule is currently in a one-year trial stage, but it still applies to the Super Bowl. A player who is penalized twice in one game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls will be thrown out of the game. The types of fouls include the following:
(a) Throwing a punch or forearm, or kicking at an opponent, even if no contact is made
(b) Using abusive, threatening or insulting language or gestures toward opponents, teammates, officials or league representatives
(c) Using baiting or taunting acts or words that engender ill will between teams
The ball spot has changed on touchbacks
The football will now be spotted on the 25-yard-line after a free kick (generally on a kickoff) results in a touchback. Previously, the ball was spotted at the 20-yard line.
That’s about it. Sure you’ve got it all? For a more comprehensive look at the new rules, make sure to check out our expansive look at the rule changes .
SB Nation
80 d ago
Super Bowl rings: NFL’s $37,000 thank you for winning the big game
A Super Bowl win is instant validation, whether you’re a player, coach, or team executive.
There is no jewelry more coveted in the NFL than the Super Bowl ring. On Sunday, Tom Brady will either be able to deck each finger on his left hand out with hardware, or Matt Ryan will earn his first piece of championship ice.
Super Bowl rings are wearable validation of a player’s professional career. The winning team will hand out more diamonds on one summer afternoon than a Zales store does in a year to commemorate its trip to the top of the NFL mountain. In 2015, New England’s reward for beating the Seahawks in the greatest game ever played was 150 rings valued at $36,500 apiece. The NFL picks up the tab for the ornate accessories, shelling out more than $5 million each season.
The rings themselves aren’t limited to the guys who see the field on Super Bowl Sunday. With only 53 athletes on the active roster, that leaves 97 rings for practice squad members, coaches, executives, and members of the training staff. They can also go to former players who may have been released or traded during the season, and other off-field contributors.
But they’ll have to wait a while to show off their new hardware. NFL teams typically don’t pass out their Super Bowl rings until the summer, some four months after hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Broncos distributed their rings — fitted with 194 diamonds and 18 sapphires each — in a private ceremony on June 12 last year.
Big rings oh what a time pic.twitter.com/rcfOetiXia
— Cj Anderson (@cjandersonb22) June 13, 2016
Then-defensive coordinator Wade Phillips had to wait for his official one after the first one he received had the wrong name on it .
One year earlier, the Patriots waited until June 14 to unveil their diamond-encrusted rings.
A 360 look at the Patriots' Super Bowl XLIX rings, crafted by @Jostens . #OnToTheRings https://t.co/NZGQgx3svs
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) June 15, 2015
The design of the ring changes every year, but a few constants remain. “World Champions” and the team’s logo typically appear on the front of the ring. The player’s (or coach’s, or executive’s) name will be on one side, while a unique phrase or symbol will balance it off on the other. And, no matter what the design, it will be lousy with diamonds.
A Super Bowl ring is a point of pride for those lucky enough to earn one, but they don’t always remain with their original owner. William “Refrigerator” Perry sold his Super Bowl XX ring back in 2000 and has watched it change hands several times since . Former New England defensive back Je’Rod Cherry raffled off one of his three championship rings in 2008, raising more than $150,000 dollars to help children in Asia and Africa .
And one of Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl rings now belongs, accidentally, to Vladimir Putin .
On Sunday, 150 players, coaches, and employees will earn the league’s top prize. Once June rolls around, they’ll be able to wear their instant conversation starter out to social events. Will it be Brady earning one for the thumb, or Ryan stamping his ascension to the league’s elite?
SB Nation
80 d ago
Security grounded a drone at Falcons practice Friday before Super Bowl LI
Interesting.
On Friday, the Falcons were having one of their final practices before Super Bowl LI when a drone was seen by security flying over their practice.
The NFL’s pool report says that security “grounded a drone” that was being flown over Falcons practice, which was near a residential area near the Rice University campus.
From Peter King, via NFL.com :
With the field situated next to a residential area abutting the Rice campus, there was extra security between the edge of the field (with a fence and high hedges) and the neighborhood, so the Falcons could feel secure running a practice as though they were at their home facility. There was only one brief security heads-up: Security officers grounded a drone that was sent airborne by one of the residents in the neighborhood on Thursday.
A drone flying over Falcons practice — considering they’re playing the Patriots — is notable. It doesn’t by any means the Patriots are spying on them, but questions will be raised because of their past.
The Patriots were punished by the NFL for Spygate, a scandal in which they reportedly filmed practice sessions of opponents over the span of eight years. Former Rams running back Marshall Faulk still believes to this day that the Patriots filmed the Rams final practice before Super Bowl XXXVI.
“[The practice] before the Super Bowl. The guy who worked for the Patriots,” Faulk told WEEI . “If you remember, that was someone mysteriously living in Hawaii, who made his way back to the states and delivered the tapes. [Roger] Goodell then watched those tapes and said there wasn’t enough there to deem anything being done.”
Faulk added, “Now, I didn’t see what was on the tapes, because we didn’t get to see that. The only thing I could say is that they taped our practice. That was wrong.”
In 2015, the Cowboys started using drones to film their practices. Head coach Jason Garrett told ESPN , “It’s interesting because it gives you the chance from behind to see all 11 guys on offense and all 11 guys on defense but from a closer angle,” Garrett said. “Oftentimes you have to kind of pull yourself away to get the all-22 shot. This allows you to get a little closer so you can coach better.”
Does any of this mean that the Patriots are spying on the Falcons practice? No. But it’s absolutely worth mentioning based on history.
SB Nation
80 d ago
Super Bowl LI pregame: Follow all the news and highlights from before kickoff
Super Bowl pregame is a day-long affair. This year's shows features plenty of live music. Fox will also interview the president during its pregame show around 4 p.m. ET. Ahead of kickoff, “America The Beautiful” will be sung by original cast members of Hamilton: An American Musical.
The other networks will feature everything from football talk to musicians to the Puppy and Kitten Bowls. Here's a full run down of the day's events .
Sunday’s Super Bowl 51 pregame show will feature everything from NFL analysis to a frank discussion on United States policy. Fox will sneak an interview with America’s 45th president, Donald J. Trump, into its 7.5 hours of coverage leading up to kickoff.
Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly will sit down with the president to provide a brief respite from a full work day’s worth of football chatter, but that doesn’t mean the pair won’t touch on the big game. President Trump has been outspoken about his support of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the Patriots . Odds are good he’ll bring up his "good friend" Brady at least once in his pregame conversation.
The presidential interview isn’t a new feature for the Super Bowl or for Fox. The last two times the game aired on Fox, O’Reilly interviewed then-President Barack Obama.
O’Reilly prided himself on asking contentious questions in a statement released earlier in the month, but also suggested his interview with President Trump could be a bit less hard-hitting.
"You may remember, I did this back in 2014 with Barack Obama, and it was controversial because I pushed the president on a number of issues, including the terror attack at Benghazi," O'Reilly said .
"This time around, I expect to ask President Trump a number of policy questions but also about how he is processing his amazing achievement: A man with no political experience winning the most powerful office in the world."
Interesting or not, it should certainly generate some discussion — just like the rest of the Trump presidency so far.
The coverage starts at 11 a.m. ET with NFL Films’ "Road to the Super Bowl." That’ll be followed by a full hour of nonsensical banter when the "Skip and Shannon: Undisputed Super Bowl Special" aurally assaults the nation. Next is the "Fox Super Bowl Kickoff" from 1 to 2 p.m., featuring Dave Wannstedt, Charles Tillman, and a man with no affiliation to the NFL whatsoever, screaming goat Colin Cowherd .
Finally, the network will get down to brass tacks with a 4.5-hour "Fox Super Bowl Pregame," which will feature the company’s typical pregame crew and their dancing football robot. Wedged in the middle of Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long yelling into the void and waiting for a response, America will be treated to Bill O’Reilly and Donald Trump at about 4 p.m.
Before country artist Luke Bryan sings the national anthem, Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Jasmine Cephas Jones from the Broadway smash Hamilton will treat us with a rendition of "America the Beautiful."
Kickoff between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots is set for 6:30 p.m.
It’ll be the tightest 450 minutes of pregame coverage you’ve ever seen.
How to Watch
When: Sunday, Feb. 5, 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. ET
TV: FOX
Where: Houston, Texas
Commentators: Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan , Jimmy Johnson and Howie Long
Online: Fox Sports GO
CNET News
80 d ago
New England Patriots ring up plenty of Super Bowl 2017 memes - CNET
From Bill Belichick's famed sweatshirt to those four sparkly rings, the Super Bowl favorite is all over social media.
SB Nation
80 d ago
What can you buy for the price of one Super Bowl commercial?
Super Bowl commercials don’t come cheap.
For those not very interested in football, Super Bowl commercials are the solace for the task of watching a three-and-a-half hour broadcast. Even for those who enjoy the sport, oftentimes it’s the commercials between drives which can help a boring matchup remain an entertaining TV experience or take an already exciting matchup over the top.
But just how much does one Super Bowl ad cost?
Clearly it’s a competitive market, as virtually every person in the United States and many throughout the world seem to watch the Super Bowl every year. The price this year is estimated to be about $5 million for a 30-second spot .
So what else could you get for $5 million? Well, A LOT. But for the sake of time, let’s look at a few examples. A big thank you goes to Gocompare for doing the math on this one, as well as providing the images which will be used below:
A lifetime supply of beer
Two-and-a-half million bottles of beer is a mind-blowing amount of booze. For perspective, Anheuser-Busch InBev employs about 150,000 people, so distributing this amount of beer to the employees in its company would provide 16 beers for each individual with plenty of alcohol to spare.
A soda fountain that flows for eternity
That’s 1,500 tons of Coke. Tons. One elephant only weighs between two-and-a-half and seven tons, which means that one could essentially purchase a quantity that weighs about the same as 215 of the world’s heaviest elephants — in soda — rather than paying for one Super Bowl ad.
Chips for all the Super Bowl parties you’ll ever go to
That’s a whole lot of nacho cheese (or cool ranch, if that’s your thing). I don’t have any big scientific facts for this one, but I’m pretty sure a million-plus bags of Doritos would last me the rest of my life. Not having to buy food would be pretty awesome.
(Side note: The genius scientists at Tostitos were able to create a bag which is able to detect alcohol in a person’s breath to remind people not to drink and drive. )
Enough gems to make you the king or queen of Clash of Clans
I used to be a Clash of Clans guy, but I eventually phased the game out of my life by the time I started college a few years ago. That said, I’m still familiar enough with the game to know that 700 million gems in Clash of Clans could probably buy you up to the top (or at least near the top) of the game’s leaderboard. No need to ask your friends to join their clan — now, they’ll all be begging to join yours.
A head start on that Prius dealership you’ve always wanted to open
I could get down with 200 Priuses, just because at this point, the smaller quantities make life easier. Giving Priuses — whoops, sorry Toyota, I mean Prii (yes, Toyota has decreed the plural of Prius to be Prii) — to all of your friends and family would make you the coolest person ever. Or even better: You could just open your own car dealership and start a business!
Enough Skittles to fill a pool gocompare.com
This is according to Yahoo Answers, but I believe it. Invite Marshawn Lynch to the Skittles pool, and I’m sure you guys will have a great time.
Conan
All in all, there are some pretty interesting ways to spend $5 million. Gocompare has a few other examples — a Netflix subscription to last you and your great-great-great-great-great grandkids a lifetime — and it puts into perspective just how expensive a Super Bowl commercial really is.
Fox News
80 d ago
Someone bet $1.1 million on the Falcons in Super Bowl LI
The bet would pay $1 million if the Falcons cover.
SB Nation
79 d ago
Super Bowl LI beer prices: What does it cost to drink at the big game?
If you spent thousands to get into the game, what’s a few more bucks for a domestic draft of your choice.
There’s something about the big game that sure makes you thirsty. And what better way to wash that down than with an ice cold beer! Fortunately for most folks watching the game at home or at a friend’s house, they can get by pretty cheap. It will cost a little more if you at the neighborhood watering hole with the ol’ softball team. It’s still quite a bit cheaper than what you’ll pay for a beer at the game itself.
A beer at NRG Stadium, host facility for Super Bowl LI, costs $12.
$16 burger at #SB51 pic.twitter.com/XwzRrWQ7tN
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) February 5, 2017
Last year, beer prices ranged from $13 to $15 for a beer at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, depending on the size you ordered. A glass of wine, for the fancy folks at the game, was running $15, too. So things are actually a little cheaper in 2017, although it’s not just the beer that’s going to cost fans at the game.
A burger is $16, soda is $11, and a lemonade with a double shot is $30.
Annual reminder to get drunk before you enter the stadium. pic.twitter.com/e71spPmJbc
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) February 5, 2017
The prices probably won’t stun anyone at the game. They’ve already paid a couple thousand dollars or more to get into the game in the first place, not to mention the inflated prices for hotel rooms and everything else in Houston this week.
And that’s OK. Gouging the consumer is a time-honored Super Bowl tradition; it’s as American as ... well, as the Super Bowl. So pony up, get yourself an adult beverage, and don’t think about tightening the budgetary belt until later in the month. You’ve earned it!
SB Nation
79 d ago
Donald Trump picks Patriots to win Super Bowl 2017
The President unsurprisingly sided with the Patriots.
President Donald Trump picked the New England Patriots to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI during an interview with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News. He joins the mere 27 percent of the nation hoping for the same outcome.
His prediction was expected given the widespread news coverage of his relationships with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and owner Bob Kraft. Some may even say that the Patriots have a Trump problem .
“I hate to do it. I don’t even know what are the odds. I guess it’s pretty even, two great teams, pretty even, so I’ll say the Patriots will win,” Trump said. “By eight points.”
Trump did pick a Super Bowl winner last year, but flip-flopped to the losing side. In an interview with Face the Nation, Trump picked the Denver Broncos over the Carolina Panthers.
“I very much have always liked Peyton Manning,” said Trump. “He is a very good guy. I know him. And he is a very, very good guy. So, I have to go with the person I know and I like. I like the other team. I think the other team looks fantastic. Probably, they would be favored by something. But I will stick with Peyton, because he is a very good guy.”
That choice would have been correct! But six days later he changed his mind during the primaries.
Staying away from Super Bowl predictions might be the safer move. It’s what President Barack Obama did during most of his eight years in the White House.
Obama had a perfect Super Bowl prediction record for seven of his eight years. He picked the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII and was exactly right. Then he spent six more years dodging reporters’ questions .
But in his final year he — but mostly CBS — made a mistake. Obama was asked instead of publicly making a prediction to make a private one. He was handed a piece of paper and asked to circle either the Panthers or Broncos. The cameraperson didn’t get the memo that this whole thing was supposed to be private. So CBS accidentally released video of the classified document , thus ending his 1-0 undefeated streak as the Panthers fell to Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
We’ll have to wait and see if Trump can match Obama’s 1-0 Super Bowl prediction start.
SB Nation
78 d ago
Super Bowl 2017, Patriots vs. Falcons: Follow live scores and highlights
Unbelievable! The Patriots scored 31 unanswered points in a 34-28 comeback win , in overtime, to beat the Falcons and win the Super Bowl, their fifth with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
One half of the Super Bowl 51 matchup is set. First, the Atlanta Falcons closed out the Georgia Dome with a dominating win , beating the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship , 44-21, for Atlanta’s first trip to the Super Bowl in 18 years.
The Falcons will play the New England Patriots , who beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship on Sunday in Foxborough.
Atlanta and New England will have to wait two weeks until they can play again. The fight for the Lombardi Trophy will take place at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, Feb. 5. The game is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET.
New England opened as 3-point favorites over Atlanta .
This year, FOX gets the honors of televising the big game, with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth once again. Viewers can stream it online at Fox Sports Go using their cable/satellite login info. Lady Gaga is scheduled to perform the halftime show, and you can expect FOX to have a lengthy pregame show leading up to kickoff time.
How to watch Super Bowl 51
Teams: New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons
Time: Sunday, Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m. ET
Place: NRG Stadium, Houston
TV: FOX
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
Online: Fox Sports Go
Business Insider
79 d ago
Trump calls Tom Brady his friend and a 'winner,' predicts Patriots will win Super Bowl LI
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday picked the New England Patriots to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
During Trump's interview with Fox's Bill O'Reilly, O'Reilly asked Trump to pick a winner for the game.
Trump first said, "I like [Patriots owner] Bob Kraft, I like coach [Bill] Belichick, Tom Brady is my friend." When O'Reilly said Brady and Belichick have both faced criticism for their friendships with Trump, Trump said it's also helping their popularity.
Trump called both teams "great" and said Matt Ryan, who was named MVP on Saturday, has had a good season.
Though he said he "hates to make predictions," when pressed, he said he thinks the Patriots will by eight points.
Watch his answer below:
 
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SB Nation
79 d ago
Super Bowl 51 odds: What is the over/under for Patriots vs. Falcons?
The line dropped by more than a point Sunday as the big game approached.
The over/under for Super Bowl LI, which opened as the highest in NFL history, dropped 1.5 points on Sunday in advance of the big game. The line has fallen from 58 points to 56.5 for the battle between two of the league’s most explosive offenses.
The Super Bowl will feature two top quarterbacks when two-time NFL MVP Tom Brady and 2016 MVP Matt Ryan square off in the biggest game of the year. Ryan led his Falcons to a league-high 34.4 points per game this fall and has been even better in the postseason. He’s thrown for 730 yards, seven touchdowns, and zero interceptions through two playoff games.
Brady’s Patriots have been nearly as dangerous. New England’s 28.4 points per game ranked third in the league, and the veteran quarterback is coming off a season where he set an NFL mark for best touchdown-to-interception ratio after slinging 28 touchdown passes and throwing only a pair of picks.
An injury to Falcons center Alex Mack could be the cause for the sudden drop in the over/under. Mack has been a huge part of the team’s success in the running game, but will be playing on a broken fibula Sunday . That, paired with the Patriots top-ranked scoring defense, has been enough to send bettors flocking to the under, forcing sportsbooks to adjust their lines.
Fox News
79 d ago
Trump picks Patriots to win Super Bowl
President Donald Trump predicted that the New England Patriots would defeat the Atlanta Falcons in Sunday's Super Bowl, a result that would bring a fifth NFL championship for head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
SB Nation
79 d ago
2 Chainz is on the sideline at the Super Bowl, so the Falcons are essentially guaranteed to win
TRUUUUUU
Celebrity sightings are huge at the biggest sporting event of the year.
Here we have Georgia native and HUGE Falcons fan 2 Chainz (or Tity Boi as he is known colloquially).
Not much to say about this one but...Tru! @2chainz #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/HDysyEPeqa
— Jarrett Payton (@paytonsun) February 5, 2017
He’s got more than a few chains on to see his Falcons take on the Patriots.
Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Mr. Chainz (or Boi) always reps Georgia, so of course he had to be here. In “My Moment,” the rapper riffs about waiting to make it big, as well as “I wonder when the Braves gon' win it/I wonder when the Falcons gon' get here.”*
Let's go @atlantafalcons #riseup !!! #prettygirlsliketrapmusic 4/7
A photo posted by 2 Chainz Aka Tity Boi (@hairweavekiller) on Feb 5, 2017 at 12:54pm PST
*Rap genius tells me this is also a drug reference but as I am a family-friendly reporter I will not be explaining that part of the lyrics. You can read it yourself here .
SB Nation
79 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 final score: highlights, news, and more from Patriots win over Falcons
The Patriots’ stunning comeback gave them their 5th championship.
The Patriots trailed 28-3 but completed the largest comeback in Super Bowl history to stun the Falcons in Super Bowl 51 .
Game updates
Overtime (11:02): Patriots 34, Patriots 28
Tom Brady was 6-for-7 in overtime, but it was running back James White who ran it in for the deciding touchdown .
End of the fourth quarter: Patriots 28, Falcons 28
Welcome to the first overtime game in Super Bowl history .
Fourth quarter (0.57): Patriots 28, Falcons 28
James White punched it into the end zone, then Danny Amendola caught a 2-point conversion to complete the Patriots’ comeback.
Fourth quarter (2:28): Falcons 28, Patriots 20
Julian Edelman kept the Patriots drive going with a catch that had to be seen to be believed .
Fourth quarter (4:47): Falcons 28, Patriots 20
This 27-yard sideline catch and toe dance by Julio Jones , when the Falcons needed it most, was one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history.
Fourth quarter (5:56): Falcons 28, Patriots 20
New England capitalized immediately on the fumble, driving for a touchdown, from Tom Brady to Danny Amendola, followed by a successful two-point conversion to make this a one-score game.
Fourth quarter (8:31): Falcons 28, Patriots 12
The Patriots got new life thanks to a fumble by Matt Ryan, the first turnover in three games this postseason for the Falcons .
Fourth quarter (9:48): Falcons 28, Patriots 12
Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 33-yard field goal to get New England within two scores.
End of third quarter: Falcons 28, Patriots 9
It took nearly three quarters, but the Patriots finally scored their first touchdown pass, a five-yard pass from Tom Brady to James White with 2:12 remaining. However, the extra point doinked off the uprights.
Then, New England failed to recover their onside kick attempt .
Third quarter (8:31): Falcons 28, Patriots 3
Both teams punted on their opening drive of the third quarter, then Atlanta marched downfield to add to its dominance, culminating in a 6-yard touchdown catch by Tevin Coleman.
Third quarter (11:36): Falcons 21, Patriots 3
Atlanta got their first big play of the second half, a 35-yard pass to a wide open Taylor Gabriel, thanks to a great move on Malcom Butler.
End of second quarter: Falcons 21, Patriots 3
New England was able to salvage something from a terrible first half by getting their first score of the game, a Stephen Gostkowski 41-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the first half.
Second quarter (2:21): Falcons 21, Patriots 0
After a promising Patriots drive, Robert Alford intercepted Tom Brady and returned the ball 82 yards for a touchdown , giving Atlanta a commanding lead.
Second quarter (8:55): Falcons 14, Patriots 0
Austin Hooper caught a pass from Matt Ryan to give the Falcons some breathing room. The Patriots thwarted the extra point, but were called for a penalty they did not commit . On second try, the Falcons kicked it through.
The drive was extended earlier by this fantastic catch by Julio Jones on the sideline .
Second quarter (12:15): Falcons 7, Patriots 0
Devonta Freeman scampered from five yards out, after a nice juke , for the game’s first score.
Second quarter (14:19): Falcons 0, Patriots 0
Deion Jones forced a fumble from LeGarrette Blount fumble, giving the Falcons the first turnover of the game.
End of first quarter: Falcons 0, Patriots 0
The first quarter saw four punts and no points , so congratulations if you had the 0-0 square. The Patriots passed for 59 yards, while the Falcons ran for 56 in the opening 15 minutes. No points has been good news for the Patriots, who won the last three Super Bowls that were 0-0 after the first quarter .
First quarter (5:48): Falcons 0, Patriots 0
Tom Brady got sacked because his own lineman was shoved back into him .
First quarter (10:41): Falcons 0, Patriots 0
It’s not safe to be the sideline ballboy. Watch out for Julian Edelman !
First quarter (13:37): Falcons 0, Patriots 0
New England got the ball first but had to punt, then Denvonta Freeman ran for 37 yards on Atlanta’s first play from scrimmage.
Devonta Freeman ran for 37 yards on the Falcons’ first play.
But the Falcons punted, too.
Highlights
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was forced to shake the hand of Patriots owner Robert Kraft in handing him the Lombardi Trophy .
Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP ... again.
James White caught a Super Bowl-record 14 passes, then ran the ball in for the championship-winning touchdown .
Dion Lewis of the Patriots injured his hamstring on the final play of regulation , on a fake kneel play.
Once down 25, the Patriots roared back to tie late in the fourth quarter on this 2-point conversion .
This catch by Julian Edelman has to be seen to be believed .
New England used the same 2-point conversion play the last time they were in Houston for the Super Bowl .
Patriots super fan Mark Wahlberg left the Super Bowl early in the fourth quarter .
This catch by Julio Jones on the sideline in the fourth quarter was one of the best grabs in Super Bowl history .
Matt Ryan’s fourth-quarter fumble was the first turnover by the Falcons this season .
Grady Jarrett tied a Super Bowl record with three sacks for the Falcons .
Falcons running back suffered a left ankle injury in the fourth quarter, and went to the locker room for X-rays .
Desperate for answers, the Patriots are trying anything and everything, including trick punt returns .
Donald Trump left his Super Bowl party early with the Patriots getting whooped .
The Patriots tried and failed their onside kick attempt in the third quarter .
New England tried a trick play with pass from wide receiver Julian Edelman, but the Falcons snuffed it out for an incompletion .
The game was delayed briefly in the third quarter when two helmets got stuck together .
Falcons owner Arthur Blank just can’t stop dancing .
Tevin Coleman was the fourth different Falcons player with a touchdown in Super Bowl 51, giving Atlanta a 28-3 lead in the third quarter .
Taylor Gabriel juked Malcom Butler for this 35-yard gain .
Lady Gaga jumped from the roof of NRG Stadium and brought the house down during her halftime show . Then she ended it by dropping the mic and jumping off stage while catching a ball .
Martha Stewart’s pet falcon (what?) foresaw good things for Atlanta on Sunday .
The largest deficit overcome to win a Super Bowl is 10 points . The Patriots might be in trouble.
Donald Trump is hosting the most boring Super Bowl party in America .
Robert Alford returned an interception 82 yards , giving the Falcons a commanding 21-0 lead.
Julio Jones looked like Michael Jackson on this sideline catch .
Terry Bradshaw’s shirt stain was a damn commercial .
Devonta Freeman juked his way for a 5-yard touchdown in the second quarter for the game’s first score .
Deion Jones forced a fumble, giving the Falcons the first turnover of Super Bowl 51 .
The Patriots won the last three Super Bowls that were 0-0 after the first quarter .
Tom Brady got sacked because his own lineman was shoved into him .
Patriots wide receiver and punt returner Julian Edelman accidentally steamrolled a ball boy on the sideline .
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was listed on the injury report with “Super Bowl Nerves.”
Luke Bryan sang the national anthem in two minutes, four seconds , just under the over/under of 2:09 .
Before the game
The New England Patriots are one more win away from a fifth Lombardi Trophy in 16 years, but have to get through the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
For the Falcons, it’s only the second trip to the Super Bowl in franchise history and a chance to win a ring for the first time. The only other trip came 18 years ago in Super Bowl XXXIII, but Atlanta came out on the losing end against the Denver Broncos , 34-19.
While the Falcons were a well-rounded team in 1998, this time they will look to ride a prolific offense that scored the most points in the NFL in the regular season and kept it going in the postseason with 80 points in two wins.
That offense is led by the deadly combination of NFL MVP quarterback Matt Ryan and All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones. But the defense finished No. 27 in the NFL in points allowed, even if it played significantly better in the final month of the season.
New England enters much more well-rounded, statistically. Three-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady leads the No. 3 scoring offense in the NFL, and no team allowed fewer points in the regular season than the Patriots.
Sunday will be the seventh Super Bowl for the duo of Brady and Bill Belichick, record amounts for any coach or quarterback. Don Shula coached in six Super Bowls during his Hall of Fame career, and Brady already surpassed John Elway’s record of five Super Bowl appearances when the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX two years ago.
In addition to the game Sunday, there’s plenty of pageantry that will come with the big stage at NRG Stadium in Houston. Lady Gaga will perform during halftime and Luke Bryan will sing the national anthem before the kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.
Pregame reading
Falcons’ return to the Super Bowl is a triumph for the city of Atlanta
Here’s what ‘Do Your Job’ really means for the Patriots
Why the Super Bowl is Donald Trump vs. the city of Atlanta
How the Falcons made the tight end the key to their offense
Bill Belichick doesn’t give the Patriots any choice but to follow his ‘mental toughness’
The home of Super Bowl LI is also a haven for refugees
Dan Quinn’s 3-step plan that took the Falcons from 8-8 to a Super Bowl
Why the Falcons will beat the Patriots in Super Bowl 51
Dwight Freeney has all the experience the Falcons defense needs
How Bill Belichick helped shape the Falcons
Why Raheem Morris' defensive knowledge makes the Falcons receivers deadly
Falcons’ ‘misfit’ secondary is ready for Tom Brady
The worst Super Bowl featured the Falcons
SB Nation
79 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 picks: 4 out of 5 Fox pregame analysts choose the Patriots
Michael Strahan’s on an island.
In the last hour before the kickoff of Super Bowl 51, the team of commentators on Fox’s network pregame show unveiled game picks. Four of the panel’s five members went with the Patriots to beat the Falcons .
Fox
So, for the Patriots, that’s Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson, and comedian Rob Riggle. Long’s son, Chris, is a defensive end for the Patriots, so it’d be somewhat treasonous for him to choose against them. Michael Strahan , the former defensive end who beat the Patriots with the Giants in Super Bowl 42, picked Atlanta.
SB Nation’s panel of NFL pickers was significantly more split . Five of the nine chose Matt Ryan and the Falcons over Tom Brady and the Patriots.
It seems like a fairly safe bet that most of the country hopes the Falcons win the game. After all, they’ve never won a Super Bowl, while the Patriots have made a habit of it.
Did the Fox majority get it right? Let me know.
Daily Mail
79 d ago
Shaquille O'Neal dwarfs Simone Biles in Super Bowl LI pic
They're two giants of their respective sports but standing side-by-side you wouldn't think that. The names? NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal (7ft 1in) and Olympic champion Simone Biles (4ft 9in).
SB Nation
79 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 coin toss result: Falcons win and the Patriots get the ball
The Patriots called heads. They were wrong.
The New England Patriots have lost the coin toss, and they’ll be receiving the opening half kickoff as a consequence.
Bill Belichick has made it a point of emphasis to defer to the second half in receiving kickoffs, having only elected to receive the opening half kickoff four times in his 17-year Patriots tenure. Those four opening-half drives yielded just three points.
This isn’t the fifth time, as Belichick lost the toss, but it’s worth noting. The Patriots likely would’ve elected to kick had they won the toss. They’ll now look to strike first in what could be a high-scoring matchup between two talented offenses.
George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush seemed enthusiastic about participating in the Super Bowl’s ceremonies. However, both were recently admitted to — and released from — the hospital, battling separate illnesses. In fact, the former U.S. President was only released just a few days ago, after battling pneumonia:
A hospitalized Barbara Bush just told her doctors 'you need to get us out of here and tuned up.. we've got to host that Super Bowl ' #SB51
— Amber Theoharis (@AmberTheoharis) January 23, 2017
Super Bowl 51 is officially underway.
CNBC
79 d ago
Super Bowl goes social as NFL seeks China touchdown
Football fans in China will be tuning in to the Super Bowl on their mobile phones and tablets this year.
The Guardian
79 d ago
Super Bowl 51: New England Patriots beat Atlanta Falcons 34-28 – live!
Tom Brady leads Patriots to historic comeback win Everything but the football: commercials, Lady Gaga and more Super Bowl 51 in pictures Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl performance: heavy on hits, light on politics Email hunter.felt.freelance@theguardian.com or tweet @HunterFelt
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And that will do it from here. I’ve got nothing to add at this point. We had the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. The first overtime game in Super Bowl history. The Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl, Tom Brady won his fourth Super Bowl MVP and he might have sealed up his reputation as the best player in NFL history (but that’s a debate for a different day). Roger Goodell was humbled on the biggest stage possible. IT WAS A WHOLE THING and the Guardian will have further coverage of everything that just transpired today.
But this marks the end of our live Super Bowl coverage. Thanks to everybody who followed along with us today, especially those who contributed (sorry I couldn’t use all of your tweets and emails). Ciao!
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Belichick says a bunch of boring things and then comes Tom Brady. “We’re bringing this sucker home!”
Continue reading...
Business Insider
79 d ago
PATRIOTS WIN THE SUPER BOWL! Here are the big plays and moments everybody will be talking about
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
The New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions, beating the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, in overtime and giving the combination of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady its fifth championship.
Scroll down for all the images and big plays from the big game.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Falcons forced a fumble and later scored on a Devonta Freeman run that gave them a 7-0 lead. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan would later hit Austin Hooper for a 19-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone that made it 14-0 halfway through the second quarter.
Things did not go well for the Patriots early on. Their first four drives included three punts, two Tom Brady sacks, and one fumble. Then, late in the second quarter, with the Patriots driving, Brady threw an interception that was returned 82 yards for a touchdown and an enormous 21-0 lead.
The Patriots finally got a field goal on the final play of the first half, and the score was 21-3 heading into halftime.
The Patriots needed a strong start to the second half. Instead, the two teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter. But Stephen Gostkowski missed the extra point for the Pats, and it was 28-9 late in the third. A field goal midway through the fourth quarter made it 28-12.
But with about eight minutes to go, the Patriots got a sack-fumble, a touchdown, and a two-point conversion, and all of the sudden it was a one-score game, 28-20.
Then, after a miracle catch from Julian Edelman, the Patriots got a touchdown and a two-point conversion with just under a minute to play to tie the game, 28-28. And for the first time in the history of the Super Bowl, the game went to overtime.
In overtime, the Patriots drove the length of the field and got a pass-interference call on the 2-yard line. That set up the winning, walk-off touchdown from White, and the comeback was complete.
What a game!
Below, we will track the big plays and big scenes from the game. These are the moments everybody will be talking about on Monday.
Stars were on hand to root on hand to root on both teams, including Mark Wahlberg and Usher. Patrick Smith/Getty Images
Also, 2 Chainz and Harry Connick Jr. Jamie Squire/Getty Images; Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Before the game, Fox showed Tom Brady attached to a resistance band being held by a trainer. Of course, the internet had some fun with the visual of "Tom Brady going for a walk." Fox
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SB Nation
79 d ago
Super Bowl 51 started 0-0. The Patriots won the last 3 that started 0-0.
In Super Bowls 49, 39 and 38, the first quarter ended tied at 0-0. New England won all three.
Scoreless after one. Yes, 0-0 is the score of Super Bowl LI after the first quarter, and that’s fantastic news for the New England Patriots .
Winner of Last 3 Super Bowls 0-0 after 1st Quarter:
SB 49 - Patriots
SB 39 - Patriots
SB 38 - Patriots
— Katie Sharp (@ktsharp) February 6, 2017
The Patriots won 28-24 in Super Bowl 49, won 24-21 in Super Bowl 39 and won 32-29 on Super Bowl 38. So the scoreless first quarter doesn’t mean this will be a low-scoring game, necessarily, or one that isn’t entertaining.
Matt Ryan doesn’t even have more than two passing attempts, either.
Still, New England has to feel like they’re in a good spot here.
SB Nation
79 d ago
Super Bowl live score: Patriots, Falcons scoreless after 1st quarter
The Super Bowl is an unexpected defensive struggle so far.
The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots boast two of the best offenses in football, but the Super Bowl has become a defensive slugfest to start. The teams end the first quarter tied at 0-0, with sacks and punts being the main theme so far.
The Falcons won the opening coin toss and deferred, giving the Patriots the ball to start the game. It was an uneventful three-and-out, with Falcons linebacker Deion Jones stuffing LeGarretter Blount on third and 1, forcing a punt.
Atlanta’s first drive got off to a roaring start with Devonta Freeman ripping off a 37-yard run to midfield. However, the drive stalled from that point and Matt Ryan ate a sack on third down, setting up the Falcons’ first punt.
Tom Brady got the Patriots near midfield with strikes to Danny Amendola and Chris Hogan that got chunk yards. But the Falcons’ defense stiffened up once again, and Courtney Upshaw dropped Brady for a 9-yard loss, taking the Pats out of field goal range. James White couldn’t haul in a deep pass and Brady got sacked again on third down, ending the possession without any points.
On the Falcons’ next drive, they used Freeman and Tevin Coleman to get some yards on the ground, but another Ryan sack led to yet another punt. The quarter ended with New England sitting at its own 40-yard line.
ABC
79 d ago
Former President George H.W. Bush Performs Coin Toss at Super Bowl LI
The 41st president kicked off Super Bowl 51 in Houston.
Fox News
79 d ago
Luke Bryan nails National Anthem at Super Bowl LI
Luke Bryan hit the field to perform the National Anthem at Super Bowl LI Sunday at the NRG Stadium in Houston.
Venture Beat
79 d ago
Amazon Echo is better at talking about Super Bowl LI than Google Home
Google nabbed one of the first commercials during Super Bowl LI to promote Google Home, but Amazon Echo may be more fun to talk to during the Super Bowl.
Ask Google Home who will win Super Bowl LI, and you get a rather cautious response citing a USA Today poll and Vegas odds that favor the Patriots, but the intelligent assistant predicts no winner.
Alexa is a bit more bold.
“I think it will be a really exciting game with lots of scoring. The Patriots are favored to win by three points last I checked, but honestly I think the Falcon’s offense is going to score, and they will fly home with the win,” it said.
Ask Google Home who it is rooting for, and it will give the same response as if you asked who will win the Super Bowl.
Alexa’s response: “I’m flying with the Falcons on this one. I was pretty low when they beat my Seahawks, but I’ll feel better if they go on to win the whole thing, plus birds of a feather got to stick together right?”
Amazon Echo and Google Home have a few special features for Super Bowl LI. Here’s a couple of them.
Alexa has Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots burns
What’s a Super Bowl without taking sides and talking copious amounts of trash? For jokes, say “Alexa, tell me a Patriots burn” or “Alexa, tell me a Falcons burn.”
Me: “Alexa, tell me a Falcons burn.”
Alexa: “What’s the difference between me and the Falcons? I have a ring.”
Order a pizza or beer
Google Home and Alexa-enabled devices can both be used to order a pizza.
Google Home can order from Domino’s Pizza; Alexa can get you Pizza Hut.
You can also order Wingstop and Starbucks. And in 28 cities around the country , the Drizly Alexa skill delivers Miller Lite.
Random facts
Ask Google Home for Super Bowl facts, and you can hear when the first Super Bowl was played, see the price of tickets over time, and find out that eight million pounds of guacamole is eaten on a typical Super Bowl Sunday.
Ask Alexa for Super Bowl facts, and you hear random facts about the National Football League.
Sports trivia
With Google Assistant, you can play Lucky Trivia Sports, a multiplayer trivia game.
Alexa also has skills like SuperBowl Facts and Super Bowl Fan Quiz .
SB Nation
79 d ago
Patriots use biggest comeback in Super Bowl history to force overtime
The Patriots have come back from down 10 in the Super Bowl in the past, but no team has won after facing a bigger deficit.
For Tom Brady and the Patriots to win Super Bowl LI, they had to defy history first.
No team has won the Super Bowl after trailing by more than 10 points. Nearing halftime, New England found itself down 21-0. That ballooned to 28-3 in the third quarter, so the odds were certainly not in the Patriots’ favor.
And then Tom Brady added another Super Bowl record to his resume.
When New England beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, the Patriots were down 10 in the third quarter before scoring 14 in the final frame to notch the win — and even then it came down to a final goal-line stand.
ESPN gave the Falcons an 86.2 percent chance to win after scoring their second touchdown, but that didn’t necessarily mean much as recent history shows.
Atlanta now has an 86% chance of winning, per ESPN. That's about the same Clinton's chances heading into the election pic.twitter.com/fNpBPSO8tJ
— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) February 6, 2017
Once Atlanta went up by 25 that win probability jumped to 99.7 percent.
History said this one was over. History was wrong.
Fox News
79 d ago
The Patriots failed to score in the first quarter for the seventh straight Super Bowl
Tom Brady and Bill Belichick still have never scored in the first quarter of the big game.
Mashable
79 d ago
Tom Brady's family wore their own jerseys to Super Bowl LI
Presented here without comment or judgment: Tom Brady 's family members wore their own jerseys to Super Bowl LI , jerseys which featured the quarterback's personal logo and the slogan "Brady's ladies." 
We know this because Brady's wife, the supermodel Gisele Bündchen, posted photos of the family fits to Instagram
We are ready! Let's go @tombrady !! Let's go Pats!!! ✨🏈✨😘💫
A photo posted by Gisele Bündchen (@gisele) on Feb 5, 2017 at 12:00pm PST
Bom dia! Game day! #superbowl #daddyslittlegirl ✨❤️✨🏈
A photo posted by Gisele Bündchen (@gisele) on Feb 5, 2017 at 6:03am PST
The New England Patriots quarterback was seeking his fifth Super Bowl ring Sunday. Just another day in the totally normal, totally average life of the modern-day Brady bunch.  Read more...
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Business Insider
79 d ago
The Falcons put the Patriots in a huge hole in the Super Bowl with 82-yard pick-6 touchdown
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The New England Patriots are in deep trouble in Houston, down 21-0 in the first half after Robert Alford intercepted Tom Brady and took it 82 yards for the touchdown. 
After the Falcons turned a Patriots fumble into the first touchdown of the game , Atlanta doubled their lead later in the second quarter. When the Patriots got the ball back, they were methodically plodding down the field, using three defensive holding calls to move into the red zone. 
Then, on a key third down, Alford jumped a Brady throw and took it to the house. 
Here's the pick-6: 
Patrick Smith captured a great shot of the interception for Getty Images.
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Alford's interception puts the Pats in a major hole. The Falcons offense is rolling, their defense is pressuring Brady, and they get the ball back to start the second half. 
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79 d ago
PHOTOS: All The Best Moments From Super Bowl LI
New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons
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79 d ago
Patriots rally to stun Falcons in Super Bowl thriller
HOUSTON (Reuters) - The New England Patriots stormed back from a 25-point deficit to win their fifth Super Bowl with a stunning 34-28 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in the National Football League's championship game.
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79 d ago
Falcons lead Patriots 21-3 at halftime of Super Bowl
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79 d ago
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79 d ago
Here’s How the Patriots Won Their Fifth Super Bowl
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79 d ago
Super Bowl LI is America's biggest blowout since the Bowling Green Massacre
Sometimes on Twitter , people like to make topical jokes in which they knowingly connect two current events from the popular culture to construct a bit of mirth. 
The third quarter of Super Bowl LI — during which the Atlanta Falcons went up 28-3 on the New England Patriots — was one of these times. 
Trigger warning: Do not continue reading this post if you're still scarred by "memories" of the Bowling Green Massacre. 
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Digiday
79 d ago
The brand winners and losers of Super Bowl LI
It was the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history and the first Super Bowl to go into overtime. But for as unpredictable as the action on the field was, the attendant advertising felt a bit familiar
Advertisers shelled out as much as $5 million for 30 seconds of screentime time during this year’s big game, according to ad-tracker Kantar Media. But official sponsors weren’t alone in trying to nab some attention: Countless other brands also tried to cash in on an highly-engaged second screen audience on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and, most importantly, Twitter.
As the night wraps up, here are our picks for winners and losers of Super Bowl LI.
Winners:
Overtime advertisers
No one saw it coming. But those that did got some major yardage for their buck: The New England Patriots fought back from behind to swipe the Lombardi trophy from Atlanta’s clutches. But they weren’t the only winners. Advertisers like SoFi, which bought over-time ads, also had a huge night.
We bought an option for an overtime ad. #omg @SoFi #gamble
— Joanne Bradford (@sfjoanne) February 6, 2017
Budweiser
Budweiser’s “Born The Hard Way” spot, chronicling the immigration story of its founder Adolphus Busch struck a chord, coming as it did just days after President Donald Trump’s immigration ban. It was ahead of all competitors in terms of pre-game buzz, according to iSpot.tv’s Digital Share of Voice rankings, a weighted measure that takes into account all earned actions across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and search engines.
As of Sunday morning, the spot had already generated 14.3 million earned online views and 235,000 mentions across Twitter, Facebook, YouTube combined with unique search engine inquiries. The spot has also garnered more than 7 million Facebook views, half of them (nearly 47 percent) eliciting the “love” reaction according to Canvs, an emotion analytics company.
Brands celebrating diversity
Several other brands went the Budweiser route, including Airbnb, Coca-Cola and Audi. Airbnb released its politically-charged spot “#WeAccept” and took a strong stance on togetherness and inclusivity. Coca-Cola threaded the needle on immigration, bringing back its multilingual rendition of “America the Beautiful” from 2014’s Super Bowl. Audi, meanwhile, took a stand on equal pay.
Airbnb also pushed out tweets to amplify its commercial in real time, including one by co-founder Brian Chesk, who also announced via Twitter that the company is going to contribute $4 million over four years to the refugee nonprofit International Rescue Committee “to support critical needs of displaced populations globally.” The tweet was retweeted 1,159 times and garnered 1,240 likes within two minutes of being posted. Together, Airbnb and Coca-Cola generated the most number of tweets until the first half, with 33,700 tweets and 32,100 tweets each.
Acceptance starts with all of us. #weaccept pic.twitter.com/btgqyYHVTK
— Airbnb (@Airbnb) February 6, 2017
84 Lumber
Construction brand 84 Lumber’s spot depicted an emigrating Mexican mother and daughter, and encouraged viewers to see the conclusion of their story online. It created so much buzz that the microsite was actually down in the minutes immediately after the spot aired.
Snapchat
All the real-time brand action went down on Twitter and Facebook got a special shoutout during the Fox halftime social segment. But a third platform came out ahead: Snapchat ran three sponsored lens filters this Super Bowl for Gatorade, Pepsi and the Falcons and Patriots. Each of these Super Bowl lenses costs somewhere between $400,000 and $600,000, and can lead to anywhere from 7 million to 20 million plays, according to Snapchat. That’s not all: Snapchat has also landed sponsors with vertical video ads, including brands like Anheuser-Busch.
16 Handles
A little throwback never hurt anyone, and 16 Handles had its Twitter game on point with this cute ode to “Left Shark” from Super Bowl XLIX in 2015.
remember when pic.twitter.com/KN4qSgRmLI
— 16 Handles (@16Handles) February 5, 2017
Losers:
Gatorade
Gatorade gets no points for originality. The beverage brand reprised an old Snapchat sponsored lens in a new bottle, letting users superimpose a flood of Gatorade over their video selfies with a few new updates. The filter generated 165 million impressions last year, according to the brand, with Serena Williams and a handful of other celebrities using it. Effective, maybe, but hardly innovative or interesting.
Brand-on-brand action
Brands tweeting at other brands is no longer cute. These days, almost every brand seems to be winking at another one. Super Bowl LI was no different, with social media and community managers from brands like Kia, GoDaddy and Avocados from Mexico spending majority of their time crafting flirty and congratulatory tweets for other brands. This trend should have died last year.
#AvoSecrets No. 443: Guacamole has provided @tide with business since the beginning of time #SB51 pic.twitter.com/Epeb9X6yDB
— Avocados From Mexico (@AvosfromMexico) February 6, 2017

Wix
Wix.com was leading the tally in terms of views for its Super Bowl spot right until the morning of the big game, when Budweiser took the lead. Its “Disruptive World” spot had racked up over 20 million Facebook views, and generated an additional 6.1 million earned online views. But the brand went overboard — and frankly seemed desperate — with its social media push including tweets like the one below.
Poems are fun
Poems are good
Send a poem to Felix and he might give you food!
Message him here: 415-603-9680 #DisruptiveWorld pic.twitter.com/od1Jn40ESi
— Wix.com (@Wix) February 6, 2017

TurboTax
It was supposed to be a funny play on a classic nursery rhyme. But it was just gross. TurboTax tried to show that its app is so easy to use, that you can use it from anywhere. But the oozing yolk wounds were frankly nauseating. And in a political climate where millions of people are unsure of the fate of their healthcare, the ad was unsettling for the wrong reasons.
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SB Nation
79 d ago
Grady Jarrett ties Super Bowl record with 3 sacks for Falcons vs. Patriots
The Clemson product had three sacks all season. He’s matched that in the biggest game of the year.
Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett has had the game of his life in the Super Bowl . In the fourth quarter, two sacks of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in three plays gave Jarrett three QB takedowns for the night, tying a Super Bowl record previously shared by Reggie White, Darnell Dockett , and Kony Ealy .
Jarrett’s been a force all night, and he also rang up a tackle for loss on a Patriots screen pass at the end of the second quarter, plus another for no gain. The interior of New England’s offensive line hasn’t been able to handle him, and he’s made chaos happen time and time again. It’s been an incredible effort.
Jarrett is a second-year man out of Clemson. He had exactly three sacks in the regular season this year and hadn’t yet gotten one in the playoffs. He had one other sack in his rookie season a year ago. If you saw this coming, that’s some incredible foresight.
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SB Nation
79 d ago
Tevin Coleman suffers injury against Patriots in Super Bowl 51
The Falcons running back went down in the fourth quarter.
The Atlanta Falcons had a pretty easy go at things in Super Bowl 51 through three quarters and change, but suffered an unfortunate loss when running back Tevin Coleman went down to injury.
Coleman was attended to by trainers on the field, who were looking at his left ankle. He would be taken into the locker room for x-rays. The team ruled Coleman questionable to return due to the injury.
On the following play, the Patriots were able to get to Matt Ryan, and force a fumble thanks to Dont’a Hightower.
SB Nation
79 d ago
The Patriots are trying everything in the Super Bowl, even trick punt returns
It didn’t work.
The New England Patriots pulled out all the stops and tried everything to get into the end zone against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. Bill Belichick even pulled a trick punt return out of the special teams playbook.
Julian Edelman ran up the middle to pull Atlanta’s coverage toward himself, while another Patriots player tried to run it back along the sideline.
It’s something that worked for the then-St. Louis Rams in 2014 against the Seattle Seahawks . It didn’t work for the Patriots.
SB Nation
79 d ago
Mark Wahlberg left the Super Bowl before his beloved Patriots started their comeback
Mark Wahlberg leaving #sb51 @KPRC2 pic.twitter.com/uxzG6MF4YI
— Allen Reid (@Allen_Reid) February 6, 2017
Die-hard Patriots fan Mark Wahlberg gave up on his team with the score at 28-12 with under 10 minutes left. In most games this is a pretty safe bet and a way to beat traffic, but this is the Super Bowl — and your quarterback is Tom Brady.
Shortly following his exit from the stadium the Patriots scored a touchdown and completely a two-point conversion. They narrowed the score to 28-20 and only needed one good drive to tie things up.
If you’re reading this Mr. Wahlberg: Sorry, but you messed up.
SB Nation
79 d ago
Super Bowl squares 2017 4th quarter score: Falcons and Patriots go to overtime
Regulation has ended in the Super Bowl, so be sure to check your score for Super Bowl squares!
Whether you’ve been playing Super Bowl squares for all four regulation quarters or just one game which spans the length of the Super Bowl, congratulations! You’ve either come out on top or put yourself down a few bucks, but regardless, there’s no more time to panic about the score.
The Super Bowl has gone to overtime for the first time with the score tied at 28-28, but the squares game is over. If you have the square corresponding to the number 8 for the Atlanta Falcons and 8 for the New England Patriots , congratulations again, because you’re a winner! Go and collect your Super Bowl squares earnings from your friends and family, and make sure they don’t leave the party without some trash-talk from the winner.
Inevitably, there was someone at your Super Bowl party who took the game too seriously, looking up common scores and ways to gain an edge on the competition — but look who’s on top now? Have fun celebrating, but don’t rub it in too much, or then you’ll just be that jerk who took everyone’s money.
SB Nation
79 d ago
Here's the James White touchdown that won the Super Bowl for the Patriots
The best Super Bowl maybe ever ended on this play.
The New England Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl on Sunday night, completing a 25-point comeback against the Atlanta Falcons with a James White 2-yard touchdown run in overtime.
By NFL overtime rules, the Patriots’ touchdown meant Atlanta didn’t get a counter-possession, and the game was over.
The game will go down as one of the best Super Bowls in the event’s 51-year history. New England fell behind 21-0 and then 28-3 by the third quarter, looking more disheveled than ever. Atlanta seemed primed to waltz to a win.
New England’s 25-point comeback that forced overtime started with about 17 minutes left in the game, on a James White touchdown grab. That turned out to be the first of four consecutive New England scores in the run-up to overtime. The last was a Danny Amendola touchdown, followed by a White two-point conversion, that knotted the score at 28 and brought about the first overtime in Super Bowl history.
The NFL’s treated fans to lots of terrible games this year, and in these playoffs. This was the grandest exception the league could’ve possibly asked for.
SB Nation
79 d ago
Super Bowl 2017 final score for Falcons vs. Patriots: New England pulls off historic comeback to win in overtime, 34-28
The Patriots erased a 28-3 lead in the final 18 minutes of regulation and won the first Super Bowl to ever require overtime.
The New England Patriots needed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to erase a gigantic lead built by the Atlanta Falcons, and Tom Brady somehow pulled it off, capping it with a touchdown drive in overtime that ended with a 2-yard score by James White.
Atlanta led 28-3 late in the third quarter and didn’t give up a touchdown until less than 18 minutes were left in regulation. But when the New England offense finally came to life, the Falcons’ top-rated offense struggled to respond and committed its only turnover of the game to gift wrap more points to the other side.
A final drive in the fourth quarter for the Patriots tied the game at 28-28, aided by a miraculous catch by Julian Edelman with just over two minutes remaining to push New England into Falcons territory.
The Patriots managed to force the first overtime in Super Bowl history, won the coin toss, and never gave the Falcons the ball. Brady orchestrated an eight-play, 75-yard drive, putting the Patriots on the door step of a game-winner.
The long drive ended the game when White bulldozed through would-be Falcons tacklers to score the winning touchdown:
The win is the fifth Super Bowl victory for the Patriots during the Brady and Bill Belichick era.
It was the Falcons defense that surprisingly built Atlanta’s lead
Super Bowl LI was billed as a likely shootout between the No. 1 scoring offense led by NFL MVP Matt Ryan and the No. 3 scoring offense led by three-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady. But the question was if the No. 27 scoring defense of the Falcons would have any chance at keeping pace with the Patriots, which allowed the fewest points in the NFL.
Yes, the Atlanta defense played its best football in the latter half of the season and did a good job in the playoffs against the likes of Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers.
But not only did the group keep the Patriots offense from scoring early, the Falcons defense created opportunities all on its own and was the biggest reason why Atlanta earned a 28-3 lead in the first place.
Linebacker Deion Jones set up a Falcons touchdown by ripping the ball from New England running back LeGarrette Blount, and then cornerback Robert Alford broke the game open with an 82-yard interception return for a touchdown:
The interception was Brady’s 31st in his postseason career, topping Brett Favre for the most all-time. But it was just one play on a forgettable night for one of the NFL’s all-time best playoff performers.
Tom Brady struggled to find a rhythm until the fourth quarter
In addition to the Falcons defense creating big plays, it stifled Brady who never found much of a rhythm until the fourth quarter.
He was pressured early by the Atlanta defensive front, with Courtney Upshaw and Grady Jarrett each recording sacks on New England’s second drive of the game, ending what looked like it could be an early scoring chance for the Patriots.
But even when the pressure wasn’t there, Brady seemed to struggle with accuracy for much of the first half. The first touchdown of the game for the Patriots didn’t come until the final minutes of the third quarter after the Falcons already buried them with a 25-point lead.
Another scoring chance in the fourth quarter was also shut down by the Falcons pass rush, with Jarrett recording a pair of timely sacks when New England was close to the goal line.
Jarrett tied the record for sacks in a Super Bowl with three, tying Reggie White, Darnell Dockett and Kony Ealy.
But Brady caught fire and led the Patriots down the field to 19 points in the fourth quarter, erasing a Falcons lead that looked insurmountable. The first of his two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter was set up by Atlanta’s only turnover of the game, and the second was a 10-play, 91-yard drive that took only 2:33 and was punctuated by a 1-yard touchdown run by James White.
Brady finished the game with 43 completions on 62 attempts for 466 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
The Falcons offense made plays, but didn’t capitalize on the scoreboard
Sometimes football is less about who makes more plays, and more about who screws up less. While the Patriots offense had two back-breaking turnovers in the first half that afforded the Falcons a big lead, Atlanta avoided crucial errors for most of the game.
The only turnover of the game for the Falcons came in the middle of the fourth quarter, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Julio Jones made plays when the ball came his way, as did Devonta Freeman, but for the most part it was a game without many spectacular plays for an offense that usually has no shortage of highlights.
Even when Jones made a ridiculous catch down the sideline in the fourth quarter, it was followed by negative plays by the Falcons offense that booted the team from field goal range.
Ryan, the newly anointed NFL MVP, only threw 23 passes all game, but racked up 284 yards and two touchdowns. But an offense that averaged 33.75 points per game in the regular season and 40 points per game in two previous postseason wins, only managed 28 despite the Falcons defense aiding in the scoring.
The Patriots dynasty already had a strong argument as the greatest extended era for any NFL team in history, and only improved that case Sunday. Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time in his career and became the first quarterback to win the game five times.
Belichick also surpassed all other coaches, breaking a tie with Chuck Noll as the only coaches with four Super Bowl wins.
It’s the Patriots world and we’re all living in it.
The Rolling Stone
79 d ago
New England Patriots Win Super Bowl 51 in Thrilling Overtime Comeback
Super Bowl 51 had plenty of stories going into Sunday's culmination of the NFL season. People thought it could be the highest scoring game ever . The Atlanta Falcons were the upstarts and the New England Patriots were going for official G.O.A.T. status with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady going to another championship game looking
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: New England Patriots Win Super Bowl 51 in Thrilling Overtime Comeback
BBC
79 d ago
Super Bowl LI: New England Patriots recover from record deficit to beat Atlanta Falcons
The New England Patriots produced the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime and claim a fifth title.
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79 d ago
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Everyone expected Lady Gaga's show to be political, but it was the ads that got the attention.
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79 d ago
Patriots rally to stun Falcons in Super Bowl thriller
The New England Patriots stormed back from a 25-point deficit to win their fifth Super Bowl.
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79 d ago
Patriots’ Super Bowl parade 2017: Scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m.
The Patriots will hold their fifth Super Bowl parade.
The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, 34-28, at NRG Stadium in a thrilling overtime matchup. While Patriots fans will probably be celebrating the franchise’s fifth Super Bowl victory up until the 2017 season, the team itself will hold a parade.
This is an annual tradition in the NFL. Usually a few days after the big game, the Super Bowl-winning team holds a parade to celebrate the victory. The parade is scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m. ET, Boston mayor Marty Walsh announced:
A parade celebrating tonight’s #SuperBowl Champs @Patriots , will be held on Tuesday (2/7) at 11:00am. See you there! #Patriots #OneMore ✔️
— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) February 6, 2017
The last time the Patriots won the Super Bowl was in 2015 against the Seattle Seahawks . During New England’s victory parade on Boylston Street , its fans lined up and cheered the home team. The players rode on duck boats, which is a sports tradition in Boston.
Let’s see what’s in store for this year’s parade.
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SB Nation
79 d ago
Roger Goodell had to shake Tom Brady's hand after the Patriots won the Super Bowl
After the biggest comeback and the first overtime in Super Bowl history, Goodell had to face Brady.
The New England Patriots pulled off an improbable victory against the Atlanta Falcons after trailing for most of the game. After mostly avoiding the Patriots and Tom Brady since the league handed down punishment for Deflategate, Goodell shook Tom Brady’s hand before the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy.
Brady said in the week leading up to Super Bowl 51 that he wasn’t motivated by the Deflategate punishment or the reaction to the scandal, but rather by his teammates.
“I mean, I’m motivated by my teammates,” Brady said. “I said that after the ( AFC Championship ) Game. I think that they’re all the motivation that I need.”
Goodell also fielded a number of questions about his avoidance of the Patriots, and whether or not he’d spoken with Brady since the Deflategate scandal. He deflected them.
“We’re moving on from that,” Goodell said. “That’s part of our history.”
Prior to the Super Bowl, Brady hinted at the possibility that he might share his true feelings on Goodell and the way the league handled Deflategate.
“Maybe I’ll tell you after,” Brady said during an appearance on Boston’s WEEI. “But I don’t want to get into winning something before we’ve won it, because it’s going to be hard to win this thing.”
It was hard to win that thing. The Patriots trailed for most of the game and tied it up with under a minute remaining to play, sending the game to the first overtime in Super Bowl history. There was no way for Goodell to avoid interacting with Brady during the trophy presentation.
Tom Brady and Roger Goodell shake hands after the conclusion of #SB51 . pic.twitter.com/n1j3mf82uE
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) February 6, 2017
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78 d ago
Tom Brady Named MVP in Historic Super Bowl Win
The New England Patriots' quarterback has now won a record five Super Bowls.
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79 d ago
Super Bowl 2017: Brady leads Patriots to historic comeback win
Pats rally from 28-3 deficit in third quarter to beat Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl 51 in pictures Everything but the football: commercials, halftime and more
So America hasn’t changed that much in the last few months after all: the New England Patriots are the Super Bowl champions once again. They beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime amid a frenzied, brain-frying climax in Houston. At one point New England had trailed 28-3 with little over a quarter to play.
For the Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady, it was a stunning ending to a season that ended in redemption and possibly cemented his position as the greatest player of all time. Brady, arguably the most famous athlete in the US, had missed the first four games of the season due to a suspension for his part in the Deflategate scandal . On his return, he led the Patriots on a charge towards their fifth Super Bowl title in remarkable circumstances.
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The Wall Street Journal
79 d ago
Patriots Storm Back to Stun Falcons in Super Bowl
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Business Insider
79 d ago
The 5 best ads of Super Bowl 51
Tide
The biggest event on the advertising calendar is over again for another year, and this year's Super Bowl provided viewers with another diverse array of creativity, laughs, and bold statements.
The overarching theme from the commercials during this year's big game was brands looking to make statements about diversity and inclusion — but those weren't necessarily the best ads of Super Bowl 51.
Scroll down to see Business Insider's pick of the bunch.
5. NFL — "Baby Legends"
 
The NFL aired three spots during the Super Bowl, but the "Baby Legends" ad was the standout.
The ad showed babies dressed up as well-known football legends Marshawn Lynch, Michael Irvin, Von Miller, Vince Lombardi, Mike Ditka, Bill Belichick, and Joe Namath. The ad ended with baby versions of Belichick, the Patriots coach, and Devonta Freeman, the Falcons running back, next to the Super Bowl trophy.
The spot served as a follow-up to last year's " Super Bowl Babies Choir " and served as a tasteful and fun piece of nostalgia for football fans watching the game.

4. It's A 10 Haircare — "Four More Years"
 
While many of the Super Bowl ads this year appeared to take a poke at President Donald Trump, this ad for a relatively unknown hair-care brand made the strongest – but most lighthearted — reference.
"America, we are in for at least four more years of awful hair," is the narrator's opening line. The ad then goes on to state how It's A 10 Haircare wants to help all sorts of people, with all sorts of hair, have great hair.
The script is funny, the haircuts are awful, and perhaps the only criticism of the spot was that it was shot in black and white rather than color.

3. Audi — "#DriveProgress"
 
Audi made a big statement on gender pay equality with its Super Bowl ad, which depicted a dad watching his daughter taking part in a kart race and contemplating the times she might be treated differently just for being female.
When the ad was released before the game , the automaker came under a heap of criticism from social-media users who accused the company of being sanctimonious and not practicing what it preached — particularly because it has an all-male board and its senior management team has only two women.
Audi kept to its guns, however, and responded to detractors on social media, explaining the steps the company had taken to drive equality among its staff. The car marque appeared to have turned a lot of the negativity surrounding the ad, with many first-time viewers of the ad praising it after it aired on TV .

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Business Insider
79 d ago
The Falcons choked away a Super Bowl win thanks to one baffling drive
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The New England Patriots mounted a stunning comeback in Super Bowl 51, roaring back from a 28-3 deficit before knocking off the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, 34-28, on Sunday night.
And looking back on the loss, the Falcons will most likely point to one key drive late in the fourth quarter that should have finished the Patriots off for good.
Let's break this down, because it's one of those drives that's easy to overlook considering all the other mayhem that transpired.
Leading 28-20 with 4:45 left in regulation, the Falcons had the ball. Their offense had been listless for the bulk of the second half, but on this particular play quarterback Matt Ryan escaped the pocket and connected with Julio Jones.
Jones' catch was outrageous — how he managed to elevate to haul the pass in and then get both feet in bounds was mind-blowing.
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Ladies and gentlemen, @JulioJones_11 .
This is just unbelievable. #SB51 #RiseUp https://t.co/sUGgrtyevc
This play put the Falcons well into field-goal range, and a field goal would have given the Falcons an 11-point lead. Considering the time left in the game and the fact that the Patriots needed a touchdown and a two-point conversion, a two-score game would have made the Patriots' task nearly impossible.
The Falcons could have kneeled the ball on first, second, and third downs, took time off the clock, or at least forced New England to use its remaining timeouts. Instead, the Falcons opted for a pass play, and Ryan was sacked. At this point, the Falcons would have had to kick a 53-yard field goal to go up 11.
Here's the sack:
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HUGE sack from former Razorback Trey Flowers! #WPS #SB51 #SuperBowl #Patriots pic.twitter.com/Au1Px0kn48
On the ensuing play, the Falcons were called for offensive holding. Ten more yards in the wrong direction. All of a sudden, they were at midfield and out of field-goal range. After an incomplete pass on third and very long, they were forced to punt. And on that New England drive, Tom Brady marched his team downfield to score. The Patriots converted the two-point conversion, and the game went to overtime, where the Pats won. The Falcons did not even get the ball.
Again, all the Falcons had to do was keep themselves in field-goal range (and, of course, hit the field goal). That would have put them up two scores with three or so minutes left.
They couldn't do it, and they lost.
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Business Insider
79 d ago
Trump celebrates Patriots' stunning Super Bowl win: 'Wow!'
AP Photo/Susan Walsh
President Donald Trump echoed the sentiment of many Americans after the New England Patriots pulled off a stunning upset to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51 on Sunday, tweeting: "Wow!"
"What an amazing comeback and win by the Patriots," Trump tweeted . "Tom Brady, Bob Kraft and Coach B are total winners. Wow!"
Trump watched part of the game with his family and advisers at a swanky party  at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.
In an interview with Bill O'Reilly that aired before the game, Trump predicted the Patriots would win by eight points. And he was shockingly close — New England won 34-28  in the first overtime in Super Bowl history.
"I like [Patriots owner] Bob Kraft. I like Coach Belichick and Tom Brady's my friend," Trump told O'Reilly. "There's less pressure on the Patriots because they've been there. You know once you've won, and you've done it, and they've done it, once you've done it there's a lot less pressure. So we'll see what happens, but you know you have to stick up for your friends, right?"
The president repeated his praise for the three men after the Patriots pulled off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.
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SB Nation
79 d ago
This is what Marshawn Lynch tweeted after the Patriots won a Super Bowl by running from the 2
Makes you think!
Marshawn Lynch not getting the ball at the 1-yard line in Super Bowl XLIX was one of the more controversial plays in Super Bowl history. The Seahawks were in position to take a late lead on the Patriots, and elected to throw the ball, which was promptly picked off by Malcolm Butler.
Since then, Lynch has been outspoken, saying that he felt the NFL didn’t want him to be the “face of the nation.” They couldn’t have somebody like him being the guy.
After the Falcons blew a 25-point lead in the Super Bowl — the largest blown deficit of all-time — Lynch tweeted out the following, which suggests that the game might be fixed.
I kno y I didn't get the ball now. Yes Lawd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Shawn Lynch (@MoneyLynch) February 6, 2017
Conspiracy theories are abundant, and we all love them to some degree. This is now the second Super Bowl that the Patriots won that they probably shouldn’t have.
Between the goal-line pass that should have been given to Lynch, and the Falcons crumbling after building a 21-0 lead in the first half and pushing it to 28-3 midway through the third quarter.
SB Nation
79 d ago
Super Bowl winners list: Falcons still 1 of 13 teams to never win a title
No Lombardi Trophies for these teams.
Unfortunately, the Atlanta Falcons couldn't win their first Super Bowl against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. As of right now, there are 13 teams that have yet to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
Here are the teams:
Arizona Cardinals
Atlanta Falcons
Buffalo Bills
Carolina Panthers
Cincinnati Bengals
Cleveland Browns
Detroit Lions
Jacksonville Jaguars
Houston Texans
Minnesota Vikings
Philadelphia Eagles
Los Angeles Chargers
Tennessee Titans
The longest title drought in the NFL belongs to the Arizona Cardinals, who have toiled for 69 not-so-nice years without winning a championship. The Lions have gone 57 years without a championship game appearance (they made it back before it was the Super Bowl).
However, Detroit, Jacksonville, Cleveland, and Houston are the only teams that have never played in a Super Bowl.
Meanwhile the Patriots have won five Super Bowls, all of them with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. That ties them with the San Francisco 49ers with the second-most Super Bowl wins. The Pittsburgh Steelers own the most with six, but if Brady really does manage to play into his 40s (he’s 39 now), maybe they’ll tie that record too.
Fox News
79 d ago
Mark Wahlberg left Super Bowl LI before the Patriots' epic comeback
He probably regrets that decision
Fox News
79 d ago
Patriots rally from 25 down, stun Falcons in first overtime Super Bowl
Tom Brady threw for 466 yards and two touchdowns en route to winning his fourth Super Bowl MVP award as he led the New England Patriots back from a 28-3 second-half deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28 in Super Bowl 51 Sunday night in Houston.
Mashable
79 d ago
Tom Brady's Super Bowl win made Gisele drop her phone
When New England ran in a touchdown to win the 2017 Super Bowl in overtime, Gisele Bündchen was obviously very excited for her husband, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
She danced, she shouted, she celebrated with the rest of the Brady family, who all sported personalized jerseys for the game. Bündchen joyously pulled out her phone to Snapchat the moments right after the winning touchdown. 
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But her excitement seems to have made her careless about her Snapchatting device. Reaching in her back pocket, probably to share her excitement with some puppy filters, the happy model couldn't keep a handle on her phone.  Read more...
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Mashable
79 d ago
Donald Trump left his Super Bowl watch party when the Patriots were losing
Donald Trump — whose ties to the New England Patriots were a major headline heading into this weekend — picked the Patriots to win Super Bowl LI, . But as the game unfolded, his support for the eventual champions wavered. 
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The Atlanta Falcons jumped ahead to a 21-0 lead, and Trump soon left his own Super Bowl watch party, according to reports . New England fell behind by 19 points heading into the fourth quarter, making it look to many like Atlanta had this in the bag. And Trump seems to have felt the same. 
It's 28-3 in the third quarter and the president has left his Super Bowl party
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) February 6, 2017 Read more...
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New York Times
79 d ago
Patriots 34, Falcons 28 | Overtime: Patriots Mount a Comeback for the Ages to Win a Fifth Super Bowl
Tom Brady rallied the Patriots from a 28-3 deficit in the second half to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in the first Super Bowl to go into overtime.
SB Nation
79 d ago
How the Patriots completed their miraculous Super Bowl comeback
The New England Patriots completed the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history after hanging 31 straight points on the Falcons and storming back from 25 points down. Every great comeback has a story, and here’s the anatomy of how it went down.
The start of the comeback.
It begins with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. Atlanta was up 28-12. At this point the Falcons had a 99.6 percent chance of winning according to win probability statistics.
Atlanta began the next drive at the 27-yard line and was staring down a third-and-1 play to keep the drive alive. Instead of running the ball, Atlanta elected to try gashing New England through the air. Matt Ryan dropped back and was sacked for an 11-yard loss on a play where running back Devonta Freeman could have easily completed a chip block, but instead let Dont’a Hightower run right past him. The sack was bad enough, but Ryan fumbled the ball and set up a Patriots’ touchdown to narrow the game to a single score.
The backbreaker.
This is the drive everyone will be talking about for years to come. Atlanta set everything up and Julio Jones was nothing short of otherworldly when he caught the ball deep in Patriots’ territory.
Jones caught the ball at the Patriots’ 22-yard line. At this point, New England was down by eight points. A field goal with less than four minutes left would have given Atlanta an 11-point lead and assuredly ended the game.
However, Atlanta elected to keep throwing -- instead of simply handing off the ball and setting up an easy field goal while running the clock down. These were the three plays after Jones made his catch:
The sack on Ryan paired with the holding call flipped the field so drastically that the Falcons lost a total of 23 yards in three plays, which pushed them out of field goal range.
The catch.
Don’t be confused into thinking this was all about the Falcons coughing up the game. The Patriots were absolutely on fire and nothing went wrong during their incredible comeback. This was typified by an eerily similar moment from the team’s past. David Tyree’s helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII is one of the defining moments in Super Bowl history, and one permanently etched into the minds of Patriots and Giants fans alike.
Patriots fans finally got their version, courtesy of Julian Edelman.
Granted, this came on a first down during the Patriots’ drive, but it was a 50-50 ball that could have been intercepted. An interception ends the game, a completion takes New England into Falcons’ territory and gives them a shot. It was huge.
Brady was firing on all cylinders following this play. The rest of the drive saw the Patriots’ QB go 3-for-3 for 40 yards and a touchdown, with Danny Amendola punching in the two-point conversion.
The story flips.
Minutes earlier, the Falcons had a 99.6 percent chance of winning, but now the collapse was on. The win probability chart shifted 61.7 percent to New England’s favor.
At this point the game felt academic. The Falcons began to play like they knew they were going to lose, and New England looked like it was going to be impossible to beat — fate agreed and gave the Patriots the ball in sudden-death overtime.
The final drive.
It’s tempting to focus too much on the Falcons again, but the reality of overtime is appreciating just how good the Patriots were. New England ran eight plays before winning the game, and they were almost without blemish.
Brady threw seven times, and only two were incomplete. One because of pass interference by Atlanta, the other was a mistimed throw to the end zone that almost gave Atlanta a chance to pick the ball off -- but it was just out of reach.
This was Brady’s final drive: 5-of-7, 50 yards. It took 3:58 for the drive to be over when White ran in the final touchdown. The comeback was complete, the Patriots had done the impossible -- but it never felt impossible. The game was in Atlanta’s hands, but it was wholly in Tom Brady’s control.
It was football perfection, and when it comes to the Patriots, we’ve grown accustomed to it.
SB Nation
79 d ago
The Patriots celebrated their Super Bowl win with Guy Fieri for some reason
You could say they went to Flavor Town.
I’m scrolling through Twitter after Super Bowl 2017 when all of a sudden I had to stop and do a double take.
pic.twitter.com/bTzrfhZ14h
— Dave Dameshek (@Dameshek) February 6, 2017
*enhance*
What is Guy Fieri doing at this Super Bowl? With the Patriots?!
Sure, there was a star-studded audience, with Mark Wahlberg, 2 Chainz, and others there, but they all have geographical ties to the teams they were supporting.
Guy Fieri .... does not?
He was born in Ohio and lives in California. He doesn’t even have a restaurant in Boston — though there is one in Connecticut.
Truly, I really thought Fieri would be a Raiders fan if anything. Apparently I was wrong.
His wife, Lori, is from Rhode Island, but it doesn’t look like she was in attendance. Perhaps that is the tenuous connection Fieri has to the Pats.
It looks like he really enjoyed himself at the game, too.
Ryder man at #SB51 !!! pic.twitter.com/9bb3N5czlW
— Guy Fieri (@GuyFieri) February 6, 2017
At times he was confused, but weren’t we all, during this historic game?
What is happening?!?! pic.twitter.com/CscYKRjidh
— Guy Fieri (@GuyFieri) February 6, 2017
Remarkable.
First overtime ever in #SuperBowl history...krazy!!! #SB51
— Guy Fieri (@GuyFieri) February 6, 2017
Fox News
79 d ago
Trump congratulates Patriots on Super Bowl 51 victory
President Donald Trump took to Twitter late Sunday to congratulate the New England Patriots, Tom Brady and Bill Bellichick on the Super Bowl 51 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Business Insider
79 d ago
The 5 worst ads of Super Bowl 51
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The price of a 30 second ad for this year's Super Bowl cost advertisers upwards of $5 million, that's $166,667 per second.
We used a subjective determination of taste and a non-scientific measurement of social media enthusiasm to rank the ads we saw during this year's big game.
These are the five worst ads from Super Bowl 51.
5. Michelob Ultra - Our Bar
 
The Anheuser-Busch brand decided the best way to show it's low calorie beer is healthy was by depicting people working out for nearly the whole ad. That's until the end, where instead of drinking water or some kind of sports drink, the stars of the ad choose to drink a beer. Most crossfit fans will likely say that a beer isn't their beverage of choice after a workout.

The ad, while beautifully executed, was missing a message behind it and could have just as easily been a commercial for a sneaker brand.

4. H&R Block - Future
 
Not even the combination of artificial intelligence and Don Draper could have made this ad the right choice to kick off the Super Bowl.
It's not that H&R Block didn't try — the brand filled its Twitter up with Gifs and jokes about accounting.
But as some Twitter users pointed out: it's still accounting.

3. American Petroleum Institute
 
"Oil Gushes Art" is the kind of statement that's bound to rile up anyone that has some semblance of thought for the environment. It certainly started a debate .
The problem with API's ad was one of placement. The Super Bowl is a big mainstream event, known to offer viewers emotional ads or light-hearted ads for everyday products. Whereas the API is a trade association currently lobbying Donald Trump to ease regulations on the industry. Did it really need to advertise during the big game?

See the rest of the story at Business Insider
SB Nation
79 d ago
Martellus Bennett’s daughter was the MVP of Patriots’ Super Bowl postgame presser
Bennett is always entertaining, and it apparently runs in the family.
Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett had some company during his press conference following New England’s big comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51. His daughter shared some very important details after the game regarding her dog, Wendy.
Marty's daughter is fielding questions about her dog Wendy pic.twitter.com/Jug5kuNivD
— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) February 6, 2017
Bennett’s daughter had a lot of things to share with the media after her dad’s big win.
Marty's daughter keeps hijacking the press conference to tell us the names of her friends and he goes, "you can tell she's a Bennett."
— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) February 6, 2017
Bennett isn’t just getting a Super Bowl ring after the Patriots’ comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons. According to Bennett, he’s also going to get big money in free agency as a result.
Patriots TE Martellus Bennett: "I'm going into free agency as a Super Bowl champion. You know they overpay Super Bowl champions!" LOL
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) February 6, 2017
Bennett was traded to the Patriots by the Chicago Bears with just one year remaining on his four-year, $20.4 million contract. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins.
With the Patriots’ most reliable receiver, Rob Gronkowski , sidelined by injury, Bennett was key to New England’s offensive success. Bennett had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He added five catches for 62 yards in the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory.
Bennett was asked in the week leading up to Super Bowl LI if he would consider returning to the Giants .
“I love the Giants,” he said. “That was one of my favorite organizations. A lot of guys have been on the same team for so long so they always ask me about other organizations, and I always tell them how awesome the Giants were.”
Midway through the season, the Patriots indicated that keeping Bennett on the roster would be a priority, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport . They may be even more inclined to keep him after he helped New England win yet another Super Bowl.
SB Nation
79 d ago
The Patriots’ comeback victory set 24 new Super Bowl records and tied 7
The Patriots pulled off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history and a bunch of records were smashed along the way.
The New England Patriots pulled off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to win the first Lombardi Trophy ever decided by an overtime game.
To achieve the 34-28 win, there was a whole lot of passing by Tom Brady and the Patriots offense to orchestrate digging out of a 28-3 hole, so it’s not surprising that Super Bowl LI was a record-setter.
Altogether, 24 records were topped and seven were tied:
Some of the records — like Brady’s career completions and touchdowns — were already his before the game and were just increased in Houston. But there’s no doubt about it, Super Bowl LI posted some statistics that will be hard for future teams to match.
CNN
78 d ago
Best commercials from Super Bowl 2017
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SB Nation
79 d ago
Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey may have been stolen from the Patriots locker room
Tom Brady’s jersey from Super Bowl 51 immediately became one of the greatest pieces of sports memorabilia. Not only did Brady win his fifth ring in it, but helped lead the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. It should be framed in Brady’s house as a memorial to the game, but now the Patriots’ QB believes someone stole it.
Brady searched the locker room after the game looking for his jersey, but couldn’t find it. According to USA Today he appeared “flustered” during the search.
“It was right here. I know exactly where I put it,” Brady said as he called the security staff and team equipment managers to assist in the search.
The jersey couldn’t be located. Someone with access to the Patriots’ locker room appears to have swiped the jersey.
“This is not good,” he said. “It was right here and now I don’t have it. Not good.”
When Brady was leaving the stadium he was asked again about the jersey and it was still nowhere to be found.
"It is going to be on eBay soon, I guess."
Perhaps it was misplaced. Maybe a well-meaning team employee secured it after the game to ensure it wasn’t lost -- but it’s not looking good. If someone did swipe the jersey and attempts to sell it they’ll immediately become public enemy No. 1 to the entire New England area — and one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Good luck with that.
ABC
79 d ago
Politicians, Celebs React to Patriots' Historic Super Bowl Win
This is the fifth Super Bowl win for the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady.
Daily Mail
79 d ago
Tom Brady hails Julian Edelman for one Super Bowl LI catch
PETER CARLINE AT THE NRG STADIUM: You can add the name of Julian Edelman to the likes of David Tyree and Jermaine Kearse. All three receivers have had outstanding Super Bowl catches.
Ink
79 d ago
51 Key Things to Know About Super Bowl 51
Here are the stats and trivia you need to know after the Super Bowl.
The Guardian
79 d ago
Matt Ryan, Super Bowl LI and the art of the perfect choke
The Atlanta Falcons quarterback was statistically perfect with the NFL title within his grasp. But he was soon to find out that statistics can lie
Matt Ryan was perfect. With under nine minutes left to play in Super Bowl LI, the Atlanta Falcons quarterback had completed 13 of 16 attempted passes for 202 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Through the arcane calculations of the NFL’s statisticians, that gave him a passer rating of 158.3 - the highest score possible. Literally, perfection.
At that moment, he appeared the likely winner of the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player award. The Falcons had just given up a field goal, but they still held a 28-12 lead over New England. All they needed to do was keep their cool, eke out a few first downs and keep the clock ticking. All they had to do was keep breathing.
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Ink
79 d ago
The Single Reason Tom Brady and the New England Patriots Won Super Bowl 51
All great work is founded on this single quality.
SB Nation
79 d ago
6 things you missed on Super Bowl Sunday
A collection of little things behind the big things.
The Patriots beat the Falcons in a Super Bowl for the ages. You’ve already seen the James White touchdown that won the game, the Julian Edelman catch a bit before that, and the Julio Jones catch a bit before that. You know that New England scored 31 unanswered points and won the first overtime game in Super Bowl history.
You might know some of these things, too, but this post is a collection of Super Bowl things that might’ve slipped beneath your radar.
1. There were a bunch of Super Bowl mosts in this game. Tom Brady was responsible for a few of them — winning the most game MVPs (four) and the most Super Bowls as a quarterback (five) and throwing for the most passing yards in a Super Bowl (466) on the most completions (43). New England running back White had 14 catches, the most in Super Bowl history. The most minutes were played in any Super Bowl ever (64).
2. Tom Brady and Roger Goodell shook hands. This was in the field-rushing throng after the game, but Goodell extended his hand and Brady took it. The two have an acrimonious history, stemming from Goodell’s suspension of Brady for the first four games of the season for his alleged role in Deflategate.
3. But Bob Kraft was taking shots at Goodell from the trophy platform. The Patriots owner said this was the franchise’s “sweetest” Super Bowl win ever and that “a lot has transpired over the last two years.” No need to read between the lines.
4. Atlanta lost the game well before it actually lost the game. Put differently, it could’ve sealed the game and didn’t, and nothing went right afterward. Jones’ circus catch put the Falcons at the Patriots’ 22-yard-line with just more than four minutes left on the clock, leading by eight points. The Patriots didn’t have time to tie the game if Atlanta just kicked a reasonably short Matt Ryan field goal. But the Falcons only went backward from there, punted the ball away, and let New England tie the score.
5. Lady Gaga took a quiet shot at President Trump. Gaga snuck a few lines from “This Land is Your Land” into her halftime set . That song was something of a protest anthem a week before the game, when people gathered at airports to protest Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations.
6. This one was extra special for Tom Brady, and maybe not because of Deflategate or any subtext between him and Goodell. Brady’s mother has been ill and unable to watch Brady play all season , but she showed up in Houston and got to watch her son guide the greatest comeback in NFL history. Whatever your thoughts are about Brady generally — and maybe they’re bad — a moment like this is wonderful.
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Oh, and look at Julian Edelman’s catch again for good measure.
Impossible. Maybe the most sublime mix of luck and hand-eye coordination in football history, and that comes in an area that also included The David Tyree Catch.
SB Nation
79 d ago
Rating the Super Bowl alternatives
Are you strong of heart and mind, like me? Then you’ll want to take advantage of stores and restaurants that are normally crowded on Super Bowl Sunday.
I did not watch the Super Bowl because I am better than you. I have more willpower than you. I have a stronger moral compass. I have decided to forego watching the sport of football because of ethical concerns, and I did not waver from this decision. It is 9:00 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday, and I have no idea who won. I am comfortable with this decision, if not more than a little smug.
Also, the 49ers are trash. That’s the main reason I stopped watching football. The 49ers are one of the worst teams in professional sports, a weekly sewage leak, and it turns out that Sundays are good for projects around the house. I’m not better than you. I’m a fraud who will come crawling back to football as soon as the 49ers are good again. I’m a fairweather fan, a fake, exactly the kind of sports consumer I’ve railed against for decades.
Still, ask me at a party about how I don’t watch football. Too late. I’ve already told you.
So liberating.
This lack of interest in football and the Super Bowl isn’t something we should waste, though. This is something we can exploit for science. Let’s say that one of these years, you decide to become as morally pure as me. You decide to cleanse your soul and renounce the gladiatorial barbarism. Or maybe you’re following a trash-ass team that smells like sulphur and orphans. Either way.
How should you spend your Super Bowl Sunday? How can you maximize your willingness to avoid the Big Game? How can you take advantage of these sheep glued to their electric picture-box? What should you do?
Costco
This is the only poem I’ve written in the last decade:
Costco on a Sunday Afternoon
Capitalism is sitting on my face
And I’ve forgotten the safe word
I typed that out on my phone with shaky hands because I was so disgusted with what I was in the middle of. It was Hieronymus Bosch painting a thousand writhing Milton Friedmans, and I vowed never to return to Costco on a weekend again.
The Man in Facepaint stood on a pile of 108-ounce Gatorade jugs. He took a Bowie knife and ran it from shoulder to shoulder, the blood cascading over his bare chest.
He took the ivory didgeridoo and blew. The notes were long and sustained, low and guttural.
BROOOOOOOOOOOUROOOOORWWAEEERRROOOOOOOOO
They came. The teeming, forsaken masses came, climbing over each other, beating each other back with 46-packs of toilet paper. The Man in Facepaint smiled.
Screw that. But the working theory was that it shouldn’t be too bad on Super Bowl Sunday. The start of the Super Bowl should have been just before the busiest time of the week, according to Google.
Yeah, that’s about right. If my cat’s heart medicine were sold only at Costco on Sunday, I would sure save money on kitty litter. Because screw you, cat. Get your own medicine.
On Super Bowl Sunday, though, surely it’s like a loophole, right? Right?
Not really. Still packed as all hell. It’s almost certainly worse on a normal Sunday, but there were scores and hundreds who just didn’t give a single hot damn about the Patriots and Falcons . And keeping with the purest Costco tradition, they all truly believed that they were the only people on Earth. Why put a pallet of strawberries in your shopping cart when you can pull the cart into the middle of the aisle and angle it just so in order to block both directions? I can respect that.
I was hoping to talk with sad grown-ups in the TV section who were reduced to a Costco Super Bowl experience because the person running their household decided that warehouse bulk shopping couldn’t wait. But the TVs weren’t even turned to the Super Bowl. There was no one there. Except for the everyone who was there because, good lord, Costco on Sunday is a cosmic rash.
Compared to regular Sunday Costco, we have a 5/10 for Super Bowl Costco. If you’re even five-percent interested in the Super Bowl, just watch the danged game instead of thinking you’re a step ahead of society. You’re really not a step ahead, you know. Costco is slightly better during the Super Bowl, but not so much that you need to make special plans.
Anyway, if you want to drink olive oil by the liter and wipe yourself a roll at a time, swing by my place. We’re set up for a while.
The Safeway of the Damned
You might not have a Safeway of the Damned. You might not have a Safeway at all. But feel free to substitute the unfathomably busy grocery store of your choice. I have a Safeway that’s within walking distance of my house. It takes a few seconds to get there by car. It should be the convenience of conveniences.
Yet I still drive an extra five minutes to go to a different grocery story in another town because, good lord, that nearby Safeway is the Safeway of the Damned. So, so crowded, regardless of what time of day it is. People have a system there, allowing the thoroughfares between the registers and the aisles to remain clear while the lines spill back into the aisles, five or six carts deep. I have never, ever, ever seen a 15-items-or-fewer lane open in the Safeway of the Damned, even though the signs hang above, taunting you, while you wait a half-hour in line to buy nothing but the antacid that you desperately need.
I had three items to buy in the Safeway of the Damned: Milk, gum, and cereal. On a normal Sunday, that was at least a half-hour proposition.
Total time elapsed on Super Bowl Sunday: Six minutes.
Hot damn. Next year, I buy a year’s worth of groceries at the same time. The ground turkey will probably keep just fine if I use enough salt. The unfathomably busy grocery store near you gets a 8/10 during the Super Bowl. It’s worth checking out.
In-N-Out
You might not have an In-N-Out where you live. My condolences. The good thing about having an In-N-Out close is that you get to eat their delicious foodstuffs. I’m not a purist — I secretly think that Shake Shack is better — but it’s a nearly perfect representative of the inexpensive drive-thru genre. Your regional equivalent is stupid and boring.
The only problem is that everyone else wants In-N-Out, too. Always. It doesn’t matter if it’s 1:00 a.m. or p.m. The line is always stretching deep into the parking lot. It’s exceptionally rare to reach the speaker where you place your order because there’s usually a worker roaming far beyond the speaker, taking orders, trying to catch up.
My mom calls it In And Eventually Out. You would like my mom. She makes jokes like me.
Anyway, this is what the line at In-N-Out looked like at 5:30 p.m., two hours after kickoff.
That picture is the beginning of a Resident Evil game. Pure desolation. I wasn’t even hungry, but I went through and ordered fries and a Coke, just because I could. Next year, I just might order a hamburger, then drive around and eat it while placing an order for another one. Because why not just get the freshest, warmest hamburgers possible, and keep going through the empty drive-thru to achieve that goal?
Getting a good ol’ trendy burger is good for a 10/10 during the Super Bowl. Next year, we’re piling the family into the car and getting a bushel of Double Doubles. I might just get back in line after every individual French fry. I can’t relay just how exciting this is.
This is the best part about ignoring the Super Bowl. Other than the moral superiority, which is off the charts.
Next year, I’ll have plans. IKEA? Disneyland? Both, perhaps on the same day? Please leave some possible suggestions in the comments, if you would. Until then, please note that Costco is always dumb-busy, the busiest grocery stores are doing better, and In-N-Out is a ghost town.
All this information seemed very important at the time, and I hope you can use it next year, when you are as pure of heart and mind as I am. Because I didn’t even watch the Super Bowl. Look at me! Didn’t even watch it.
Mashable
79 d ago
Fans relentlessly booed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after the Super Bowl
Hot take: NFL fans absolutely loathe commissioner Roger Goodell.
They confirmed that sentiment after the New England Patriots' insane Super Bowl win on Sunday. While Goodell presented the Lombardi Trophy to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, fans in Houston unleashed a chorus of boos.
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You could barely hear Goodell trying to congratulate Kraft.
Fans have criticized Goodell for a myriad of hot-button issues, including his domestic violence policies, his player safety claims and — most appropriately for Sunday evening — his handling of the Patriots " deflategate " scandal. Goodell suspended Tom Brady for four games after the Patriots intentionally under-inflated footballs during the 2014-15 playoffs, sparking a heated debate on the extent of Goodell's powers . Read more...
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The Rolling Stone
79 d ago
Love or Hate Them, New England Patriots Always Put on a Great Super Bowl
The first 50 Super Bowls were pretty good, but if Sunday is any indication of what's to come in the next 50, the NFL should be charging twice as much for a 30-second ad.
You watched the game, you read the recaps and you checked Facebook, so you already know what happened in
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Love or Hate Them, New England Patriots Always Put on a Great Super Bowl
CNBC
79 d ago
Watch: New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady speak following historic Super Bowl win
Watch a stream of the press conference with Supper Bowl 51 winning coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.
CNBC
79 d ago
Super Bowl draws lower ratings than previous two NFL championship games
The 48.8 rating is lower than the previous two Super Bowls, despite a thrilling finish that saw the New England Patriots pull off a 25-point comeback.
Fox News
79 d ago
In the third quarter, the Falcons had a 99.5% probability to win the Super Bowl
Atlanta nearly had a guaranteed victory with less than a quarter left to play
Fox News
79 d ago
Super Bowl LI caps off the greatest year of sports ... ever
What a 12 months.
The New Yorker
79 d ago
The Patriots Make Super Bowl History
Halfway through the third quarter of the Super Bowl, after the Atlanta Falcons scored a touchdown to go ahead 28–3 over a dazed-looking New England Patriots team, it appeared that the entertainment value of the game had peaked at halftime, when Lady Gaga dove off the roof of Houston’s NRG Stadium. The Falcons’ offense, led by their quarterback, Matt Ryan, was moving the ball as easily as it had all season; the Patriots, meanwhile, were making uncharacteristic mistakes. The announcers started reaching for filler, and the owner of the Falcons, Arthur Blank, travelled from his luxury box down to the sideline, the better to celebrate with his team. It was, as the TV talking head Skip Bayless declared on Twitter for history to remember, all over.
See the rest of the story at newyorker.com
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Reuters
78 d ago
NFL Super Bowl draws lower TV ratings than previous two games
(Reuters) - Fox Television's broadcast of Super Bowl LI on Sunday night drew a 48.8 overnight rating, according to Nielsen data released by the network, lower than the previous two Super Bowls.
Fox News
79 d ago
NFL unveils logo for Super Bowl LII in Minnesota
Next year's Super Bowl already has a logo.
Fox News
79 d ago
Matt Ryan wishes he could change one key play in Super Bowl LI
One play changed the course of the game and drastically altered the outcome.
ABC
78 d ago
How Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen Celebrated Patriots' Super Bowl Win
The two shared a kiss before celebrating with family.
SB Nation
79 d ago
9 best moments from the Patriots celebrating their Super Bowl win that you probably missed
Watching a Super Bowl celebration is like going to the airport. Hang around for a few minutes and you’ll see the full spectrum of human emotions. On Sunday night we witnessed long-standing stalwarts like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick win yet another ring, but we also got to see a ton of guys celebrate their first victory. There were some incredible moments you probably missed from the players.
Trey Flowers celebrating with his daughter was the sweetest moment.
Trey Flowers celebrating with his daughter. @fox24 @KNWAnews @FOX16News @KARK4News pic.twitter.com/BUD6ld1rww
— Alyssa Orange (@AlyssaOrange) February 6, 2017
Martellus Bennett enjoyed the time on the field with his family.
Family...
A photo posted by Martellus Bennett (@martellusb) on Feb 6, 2017 at 2:09am PST
Then gave his interview in classic Bennett fashion.
TE Martellus Bennett ( @MartysaurusRex ) would like to share a message with you. pic.twitter.com/yOJiTMEfKw
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) February 6, 2017
Of course his brother, Michael, was there for the party.
Love you bro!! Thanks for always believing in me and always loving me no matter what. #BestBigBro @mosesbread72 We're Champions!!!
A photo posted by Martellus Bennett (@martellusb) on Feb 6, 2017 at 12:36am PST
Danny Amendola’s selfie in the locker room was pretty great.
We da champ. #lets go pic.twitter.com/CRY6puNxh1
— Danny Amendola (@DannyAmendola) February 6, 2017
Gronk had time to make that beef jerky money.
Champs baby!!! Time to munch!! #SuperBowlChamps @ObertoBeefJerky always fueling me!! pic.twitter.com/mUJgnyo53F
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) February 6, 2017
Kyle Van Noy was still tweeting at 7 a.m., and was looking for a little Salt Bae.
We were down 25 points!!!!!!! And Still won!!!!! I haven't slept yet!!!!!! Soooo hyped!!!! Cloud 9!!!!! Put salt on my steak!!!!!
— Kyle Van Noy (@KVN_03) February 6, 2017
Chris Hogan stayed up all night, but might as well have been asleep.
Somebody wake me up from this dream
— Chris Hogan (@ChrisHogan_15) February 6, 2017
Chris Long just wanted to say goodnight — at 6 a.m.
Goodnight y'all pic.twitter.com/NMwwhDXCCD
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) February 6, 2017
The comeback, the moments surrounding the Patriots win — it’s all great.
SB Nation
79 d ago
Gisele celebrated the Patriots Super Bowl win with a frenzied selfie
This video is not sped up at all. Sorry, that is a lie. TV cameras caught Gisele Bündchen celebrating with a victory selfie shortly after the Patriots won the Super Bowl. It’s a little-known rule, but the win doesn’t count unless you put an energetic selfie up on Instagram or Snapchat immediately — sorry, but those are the rules.
Gisele’s mouth-agape head shake never made it to social media. Thankfully we can see what her screen looked like and have a pretty good idea of what it would have been.
Fox News
79 d ago
Patriots superfan Mark Wahlberg had to leave Super Bowl
When it comes to priorities, Mark Wahlberg always puts family first.
Business Insider
79 d ago
Once again, 'Madden' correctly predicted the Super Bowl winner
Another year, another Super Bowl, another dead-on prediction from the folks behind the "Madden NFL" game series. 
EA Sports
Days before Super Bowl 51 kicked off, the folks at EA Sports were busy putting the latest version of "Madden NFL" through a simulation of the big game. And while their eerily accurate simulation of the real-life NFL and its players didn't get the final score right, "Madden NFL 17" did accurately predict the winner — it even nailed how the New England Patriots would pull off their late-game upset over the Atlanta Falcons. 
"In the second half the tides began to turn," the official play-by-play release from EA Sports says , "as the Patriots exploited an aggressive Falcons defense with short passes and quick attacks." 
And indeed, that's not too far from the reality — the Falcons led the Patriots for the vast majority of Super Bowl 51... until the Patriots turned it around in the second half. 
EA Sports
That's where EA's simulation falls apart; "Madden NFL 17" didn't predict the insane overtime, and it didn't get the final score right either. "Madden" put the game at 27-24, while the actual final score was 34-28.
There was one final prediction that the game nailed: "[Tom] Brady is also expected to once again earn Super Bowl MVP honors, making him the most decorated player in Super Bowl history."
EA Sports
Indeed.
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Business Insider
79 d ago
Bill Belichick on Super Bowl win: 'We're five weeks behind the other teams for 2017 season'
Larry Busacca/Getty
On Sunday night in Houston, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick became the first football coach to win five Super Bowl rings.
And of course he's thrilled about it in his own special way. 
"As great as today feels ... we're five weeks behind the other teams for the 2017 season," Belichick said at a press conference Monday.
"Five weeks behind" — Bill!
Has there ever been a more quintessential Belichick answer?
The Patriots trailed by 25 points in the second half and went on to pull off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, cementing Tom Brady as the greatest quarterback in NFL history and Belichick as its greatest coach.
And what is Belichick thinking about? How far behind the rest of the NFL he is.
It goes without saying that this sort of attitude is precisely the reason the Patriots are so good every year, and why Belichick is the greatest coach.
A five-week head start won't be enough for other NFL coaches — the Pats are early favorites to win the Super Bowl next season. But Belichick didn't even let himself 24 hours to celebrate.
Of course, on Sunday night Belichick did give some more passably human responses when asked about the win.
"The most important thing tonight is the team win," Belichick said . "I am happy for our team, our players, and our organization. Everybody worked so hard for this."
Got that? Great. Now back to the film room.
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Business Insider
79 d ago
Here are the 4 best ads of Super Bowl 51
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SB Nation
79 d ago
Super Bowl 2017: 7 winners and losers from Patriots vs. Falcons
Martellus Bennett was a big winner on Sunday. Kyle Shanahan was not.
The New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions for the fifth time in the last 16 years, toppling the Atlanta Falcons by scoring 31 unanswered points to win, 34-28.
It was the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history and smashed several records. Altogether, 24 records were topped and seven were tied with Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady headlining the list of those rewriting the history books.
The wild finish also changed the fortunes for many on both teams. Some have a brighter future ahead of them after Sunday, while others took a step backward.
Here are seven who have slightly different futures ahead of them after Sunday:
Winners Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett
This time a year ago, the talented tight end was an unhappy player on a Chicago Bears team that just finished a 6-10 season. He hadn’t been to the playoffs since the 2009 season when he was with the Dallas Cowboys .
But after a trade, he landed in New England and posted a career-best seven touchdowns. He stepped up in Rob Gronkowski’s absence and caught three touchdowns in the last four weeks of the regular season, and then added five receptions for 62 yards Sunday against the Falcons.
What does this mean for the impending free agent? He knows exactly what it means:
Patriots TE Martellus Bennett: "I'm going into free agency as a Super Bowl champion. You know they overpay Super Bowl champions!" LOL
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) February 6, 2017
With his 30th birthday coming in March, there isn’t much reason to think Bennett doesn’t still have some good years left in the tank. So, he’s probably right, some team is going to pay big for Super Bowl Marty .
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
This one doesn’t need much explaining.
Brady already owned a ton of Super Bowl records and somehow managed to rewrite the history books with 466 passing yards on 62 attempts. It was enough to earn him a fourth Super Bowl MVP award, something no other player has ever accomplished.
His legacy wasn’t in question, but it somehow improved anyway and he validated rumors that he could be in line for a contract extension soon.
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels
His stint as the head coach of the Denver Broncos was unsuccessful, but McDaniels revived his coaching career in New England and was thought by many to be a favorite to land one of the top jobs for 2017.
It didn’t end up happening, but McDaniels is more well-positioned than ever after the Patriots’ miraculous comeback.
It’s anyone’s guess which jobs will open up, but McDaniels has continued to bolster his claim as the top coordinator in the league worth pursuing. Who knows? Maybe he’ll even step into Bill Belichick’s shoes if the coach decides to hang it up soon.
Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett
The second-year player didn’t finish the season with a ring, but he did etch his name in the history books with Reggie White, Darnell Dockett , and Kony Ealy as the only players ever to record three sacks in a Super Bowl.
It wasn’t exactly a game out of nowhere for Jarrett . The 2015 fifth-round pick worked his way into the starting defensive lineup for Atlanta and had a really solid 2016 campaign. But it was certainly the best game of his young career and he has just four career regular season sacks.
On a defense filled with young, speedy talent, Jarrett has made sure he isn’t forgotten and eventually that should pay off with a nicely sized contract.
Losers Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan
The San Francisco 49ers are likely to land Kyle Shanahan as their next head coach, and that sounded a lot cooler for them at about 9 p.m. ET when the Falcons had a sizable lead over the Patriots.
Nothing to inspire hope for the future of the 49ers than the biggest collapse in Super Bowl history and a game plan that saw the No. 1 scoring offense in the NFL manage to convert just one third down .
With 9:40 left in the game and a 16-point lead, Shanahan called a grand total of four running plays against the Patriots.
Of course, the result from Sunday doesn’t have much bearing on Shanahan’s future. Two years ago, Dan Quinn was on the losing end of a heartbreaking, come-from-behind victory for the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, and he hasn’t had trouble turning Atlanta into a winner.
Still, there’s significantly less momentum for Shanahan and the 49ers now.
Patriots wide receiver Michael Floyd
Yes, Floyd earned a ring Sunday and nobody can take that from him. But with a DUI suspension likely on the horizon, the receiver needed to do big things in his short time with the Patriots to warrant a new contract.
Instead, he was a healthy scratch in the AFC Championship and the Super Bowl, dismissed as a non-factor that wouldn’t be missed by the New England offense.
That doesn’t bode well for the receiver when he hits free agency in March. It’s already tough enough to convince teams to take a chance, despite off-field concerns, and when your stats on the field slip, too, that could be a wrap.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn
Turning the fortunes of the Falcons franchise around as quickly as Quinn has deserves acclaim, but boy that Tom Brady is a pain in the ass.
Two years ago, Quinn was the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks when the Patriots scored 14 unanswered in the fourth quarter to erase a 10-point deficit. The Seahawks offense had a chance to bail him out, but Malcolm Butler ruined that.
Beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl would have been the perfect redemption for Quinn, but instead it was ripped from him once again.
That’s quite the monkey on Quinn’s back.
There’s still plenty of opportunities for things to change. Jarrett’s career could go south, and Floyd’s could turn around.
But for now, there are a lot of Patriots sitting pretty after yet another championship victory for the dominant dynasty, and there are a lot of Falcons back at square one after coming so close to a win.
CNBC
79 d ago
This is how much Lady Gaga made from her Super Bowl LI performance
Lady Gaga received $0 for Super Bowl LI.
The Wall Street Journal
78 d ago
The Play That Changed the Super Bowl
The Falcons had a golden opportunity to put Super Bowl LI away. Instead, Dont’a Hightower made history.
Ink
78 d ago
5 Creativity Lessons From Super Bowl LI
Here is what you can learn from the Super Bowl game that broke so many records, and how to apply it to your creativity.
Boston Globe
78 d ago
Super Bowl LI
In the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, Tom Brady and the Patriots overcame a 28-3 third-quarter deficit to stun the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, in overtime Sunday night in Super Bowl LI.
As confetti falls around him, Tom Brady howls as he hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy following New England’s come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
Time
78 d ago
Patriots Superfan Mark Wahlberg Left the Super Bowl Before That Epic Comeback
Right around the time the tide was beginning to turn for the Patriots in Super Bowl LI Sunday night, New England superfan Mark Wahlberg was spotted leaving the game.
The Patriots Day star — who was with his wife and two sons — was filmed exiting NRG stadium near the beginning of the fourth quarter, meaning he missed out on seeing his team execute the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime.
Mark Wahlberg leaving #sb51 @KPRC2 pic.twitter.com/uxzG6MF4YI
— Allen Reid (@Allen_Reid) February 6, 2017
Wahlberg later took to Instagram to explain his early departure. “I had to leave the game early because my youngest son wasn’t feeling well,” he captioned a photo of his family on the field before kickoff. “Trust me, I would have loved to be at the stadium — but family first. Doesn’t mean I don’t love my Patriots too!”
I had to leave the game early because my youngest son wasn't feeling well. Trust me, I would have loved to be at the stadium — but family first. Doesn't mean I don't love my Patriots too! ❤
A photo posted by Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) on Feb 5, 2017 at 8:43pm PST
SB Nation
78 d ago
Super Bowl 2017: White jerseys win again
The team wearing white has won 12 of the last 13 Super Bowls.
The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons to win Super Bowl LI, but the result was already in the cards when the Falcons opted to wear red jerseys. With the Patriots victory, teams in white jerseys now have wins in 12 of the last 13 Super Bowls.
It all started in 2005 when the white jersey-wearing Patriots topped the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX, 24-21. It launched over a decade of dominance by white jersey teams:
If it wasn’t for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers ’ win in Super Bowl XLV while wearing green it’d be a clean sweep for the teams that wore white.
The Falcons could have avoided this. It was the NFC’s turn to be home team in the Super Bowl, so Atlanta had the choice of jerseys, and they opted to wear red. In hindsight, there was a lot of bad mojo working against the Falcons .
Fox News
78 d ago
Patriots fan breaks foot while celebrating Super Bowl win
A New England Patriots fan said she went bounding down the stairs to celebrate after her team’s historic comeback Super Bowl win, but felt a crack in her foot mid-victory dance.
Fox News
78 d ago
Brady gives credit to his mom, White for Super Bowl MVP win
HOUSTON (AP) Tom Brady doesn't want to talk about ''Deflategate.'' He'd rather reflect on a night he will never forget and how much it meant to his mother.
Reuters
78 d ago
Despite overtime finish, NFL Super Bowl draws lower TV ratings
(Reuters) - Fox Television's broadcast of Super Bowl LI on Sunday night drew 111.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen data released by the network on Monday, the smallest audience for the National Football League's title game in four years.
SB Nation
78 d ago
Super Bowl 2018 odds: Patriots, Cowboys favored to meet in Minnesota
The Patriots are Super Bowl champions again and are favored to repeat next year.
Football season is over, which of course means it’s time to think about next football season. And, like always, the New England Patriots look like a force to be reckoned with.
Bovada released their odds for Super Bowl LII and the Patriots lead the way at +475 (or 4.75-to-1). In second are the Dallas Cowboys at +900 after posting a 13-3 record with rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott leading the way on offense.
For the believers who want to swing for the fences, the Chicago Bears , Cleveland Browns , and San Francisco 49ers are the huge long shots. The Bears are +10,000 and both the Browns and 49ers are +15,000, meaning you could multiply your money by 150 if you bet on Cleveland or San Francisco and they finish the year as Super Bowl champions.
It’s probably not the wisest investment, though.
Here are the full, entirely too early, odds for the 2018 Super Bowl:
The Rolling Stone
78 d ago
Watch Patriots Super Bowl 51 Comeback in Vintage 'Tecmo Bowl' Style
The odds of us getting another Super Bowl as exciting as the one we just witnessed are pretty slim. In addition to the New England Patriots needing to overcome the biggest deficit in Super Bowl history and an overtime period to defeat the Atlanta Falcons, a whopping 23 records were broken on Sunday night including the
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Watch Patriots Super Bowl 51 Comeback in Vintage 'Tecmo Bowl' Style
Mashable
78 d ago
These adorable family photos will make you happy the Patriots won the Super Bowl
Once again, the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions . After faltering early in Super Bowl LI , the Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime. 
A comeback of such epic proportions warrants an equally epic celebration. Luckily, the Patriots did not disappoint, with photos capturing plenty of beautiful moments players shared with their families after the game. 
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Here are a handful of those lovely Kodak moments.
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SB Nation
78 d ago
Patriots’ Super Bowl comeback win, as told by social media
If this is your kind of thing, welcome. If you’re not an active Twitter user, buckle up because it’s about to get weird.
Super Bowl 51 was a game for the ages. Having covered the game from so many angles, we’re going to mix things up a bit and look at it from the standpoint of social media. With that, I present to you Patriots vs. Falcons as told by social media.
Pregame: Ray Lewis gives a pump-up speech to a garage
So. Many. Chills. @RayLewis unleashes epic pregame speech for the @Patriots . #SB51 https://t.co/hgWwpmXTSj
— NFL (@NFL) February 5, 2017
Lotta things going on in this video. Soon-to-be Hall of Fame linebacker giving a pregame speech for a hated AFC rival, inside a garage, using his inside voice.
So. Many. Chills.
Twitter had some fun with this, mocking the controversial linebacker and the NFL’s efforts to hype him up as one of the faces of the league:
The Super Bowl gets presidential
President Donald Trump picked the Patriots to beat the Falcons . One-for-one in his current tenure, congrats Donald!
football pic.twitter.com/HPAPqesk8O
— Trump Draws (@TrumpDraws) February 5, 2017
Trump’s historic streak of picking games is over, but the current president might just be the most talented sports better in the history of U.S. Presidents:
I picked seven Super Bowl winners in a row & would have been right last night had the refs thrown the flag.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2013
Yeah it’s an old tweet, but things like this resurface all the time, especially during big games.
InfoWars delivers a huge scoop
InfoWars’ Alex Jones tweeted out “ Lady Gaga To Conduct Satanic Ritual At Super Bowel LI” before the tweet was eventually deleted. (Spoiler: there will be a call-back to this tweet, as Jones may have potentially been the guy to figure out how Tom Brady and company would make the most improbable Super Bowl comeback of all time.)
Luke Bryan sings the national anthem
@LukeBryanOnline your biggest fan #lukebryan pic.twitter.com/dLTtE9LZPv
— Adrian Finley (@iheartthetide) April 4, 2015
This video deservedly got a bump when the country singer performed his rendition of the national anthem . Some loved it, some hated it, and some couldn’t help but tweet about J.J. Watt and the troops:
Just took prop bet on wether JJ Watt will drive out ina ford truck filled w troops &papa johns garlic sauce 2 sing backup on natonal anthem
— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) February 5, 2017
The Super Bowl commences
Matt Ryan was listed on Fox's injury report with “Super Bowl nerves” https://t.co/XeWkJhuZAq pic.twitter.com/RtcVY67Gpi
— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) February 5, 2017
Maybe Matt Ryan just had a premonition.
Falcons jump out to early 7-0 lead
Huh. So a team was close to the goal line in the Super Bowl against the Patriots and RAN it in for a touchdown? Huh.
cc: @Seahawks
— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) February 6, 2017
Saw that one coming a million miles away.
Falcons score again, extending that lead to 14-0
Stats nerds loved this, as it set up what would become a historic game.
This is first time a Tom Brady-led Patriots team went scoreless through 4 drives since 2014 Week 4 against the Chiefs, game they lost 41-14
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 6, 2017
Ah, the notorious “on to Cincinnati” game. As a Bengals fan, that moment still haunts me.
The largest comeback in Super Bowl history is 10 points
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 6, 2017
This stat is perhaps the most mind-boggling number in Super Bowl history. Teams prior to last night’s Patriots team had really never been capable of making a sizable comeback.
Atlanta now has an 86% chance of winning, per ESPN. That's about the same Clinton's chances heading into the election pic.twitter.com/fNpBPSO8tJ
— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) February 6, 2017
Political jokes! In all seriousness, this ended up as a really accurate tweet.
Julio Jones makes an unbelievable catch
YOU'VE BEEN STRUCK BY A SMOOTH CRIMINAL pic.twitter.com/qHWskSd6Y9
— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 6, 2017
This wasn’t even his best catch of the game.
A Brady pick-six turns into a 21-0 Falcons lead
FUN FACT: Tom Brady has more pick-six interceptions in his Super Bowl career than Blake Bortles.
— Big Cat Country (@BigCatCountry) February 6, 2017
Big Cat Country comin’ in HOT.
[kisses fingers] pic.twitter.com/Leqwkn2ra2
— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) February 6, 2017
Put it on a poster!
Lady Gaga knocks the halftime show out of the park
Spongebob did it first pic.twitter.com/k6WuqB1yXE
— Jack Dunlop (@CouRageJD) February 6, 2017
Shoutout to Spongebob, the real OG.
Aww Tom Brady got picked again during halftime pic.twitter.com/7Jd6W0dZpy
— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 6, 2017
Throwing a “Tweet of the Night” on that last one. Make sure to check out SB Nation’s halftime show coverage if you haven’t done so already!
Twitter doesn’t forget to stay woke after Gaga’s halftime performance
Remember that InfoWars callback? Here it is:
well there was the satanic ritual we were all waiting for
— Lana Berry (@Lana) February 6, 2017
There’s the first callback.
If that was a Satanic ritual then I guess I'm cool with Satanism?
— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) February 6, 2017
We’re getting woker ...
Turns out it was Belichick who performed the satanic ritual at halftime
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) February 6, 2017
There it is! #StayWoke of the night goes to Stephen with a solid topical tweet.
Stranger Things Season 2 trailer drops, omg
INTERRUPTING FOOTBALL FOR A SECOND BECAUSE IT’S DUSTIN AS A GHOSTBUSTER pic.twitter.com/d7jvBoSV6f
— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) February 6, 2017
We have to wait until Halloween ?!
Donald Trump left the game early, and threw the worst party of all time
Pool: Trump is done watching the game pic.twitter.com/I3MKmzZsXA
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 6, 2017
And this party , well ...
The first couple and @Reince 's family at the Trump International Golf Club Super Bowl party pic.twitter.com/5jG3xzhCg8
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) February 6, 2017
Julio Jones does Julio Jones things (again)
JULIOOOOOOOOOOOOOO https://t.co/dcyIkEMvD6 pic.twitter.com/Slt30ukcIx
— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) February 6, 2017
Here's why: pic.twitter.com/ccm9Zl3nfa
— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 30, 2017
Yes @Tmobile , we're into BDSM. Bigger coverage map, Devastating Speed, and Massive capacity.
— Verizon (@verizon) February 6, 2017
Whoops, no idea how that last tweet got in there ...
Julian Edelman’s catch breaks the internet
THE MIRACLE CATCH! @Edelman11 completes one of the craziest plays in NFL history! #SB51 #Patriots pic.twitter.com/IfKxaqfcmQ
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) February 6, 2017
the immaculate gritcepton
— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) February 6, 2017
Best Super Bowl catch ever ?
Saints have no chill
#SB51
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) February 6, 2017
Ouch .
Patriots crush the Falcons’ dreams in OT
HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES, ROGER? pic.twitter.com/5O3ofMK5zm
— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) February 6, 2017
Shots fired at the Commish!
#RINGSBAE pic.twitter.com/6Jv98T8a9Y
— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) February 6, 2017
Topical.
The Patriots scored 31 straight points …
3-1 straight points … pic.twitter.com/fyjXRrcGUq
— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 6, 2017
Ooooh, that’s cold.
It was a game for the ages, and the excitement level was at an all-time Super Bowl high. We’ve already documented the frustration many Falcons fans have gone through, but this sequence of tweets from our own Jeanna Thomas really just goes to show how heartbreaking a loss this was for Atlanta fans:
I'm going to literally die RIP
— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) February 6, 2017
THE WHOLE OFFICE JUST SCREAMED IN AMAZEMENT LMAO
— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) February 6, 2017
I seriously just cannot
— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) February 6, 2017
Probably gonna cry
— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) February 6, 2017
I have an ex from like 15 years ago texting me to tell me how sorry he is THAT IS HOW MUCH THIS SUCKS YOU GUYS
— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) February 6, 2017
Get well soon, Falcons fans. At least you’re not Skip Bayless:
Well, that's it. The Atlanta Falcons are Super Bowl champions.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 6, 2017
Fox News
78 d ago
Some Boston Globe editions suggest Patriots lost Super Bowl
BOSTON (AP) It wasn't exactly `Dewey Defeats Truman,' but some Florida readers of The Boston Globe learned a different Super Bowl outcome than most.
Ink
78 d ago
3 Lessons in Entrepreneurship from Tom Brady's 5th Super Bowl Win
Tom Brady won his 5th Super Bowl to become the greatest of all time. Now, see what we can learn from his leadership as entrepreneurs in business.
CNET News
78 d ago
Patriots' sexy Super Bowl comeback reflected in Pornhub traffic - CNET
This year's matchup turned out to be just as stimulating as anything that can be watched online. And according to data from one major porn site, the fans seem to agree.
Fox News
78 d ago
No, the Patriots never had a 0.1% chance of winning Super Bowl LI
Win probability is a joke
Mashable
78 d ago
This was the most political Super Bowl ever
These are turbulent times in America, and even the Super Bowl can't escape the political drama. 
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The historically — and intentionally — non-offensive event (Exhibit A: Super Bowl XXIII's halftime show featuring the magician Elvis Presto) hit a political high Sunday. 
Remember the brouhaha caused by Beyoncé's back-up dancers during last year's halftime show, whose outfits were at least partially inspired by the Black Panthers? Well, crank that up to 11 and you've got the controversy cooked up by Sunday's game. Nothing is safe from 2017's political shitstorm.  Read more...
More about Tom Brady , Lumber 84 , Budweiser , Lady Gaga , and Donald Trump
Mashable
78 d ago
Thanks to the Pats Super Bowl win, we can finally stop talking about Deflategate
In the world of sports, there has been perhaps no handshake as hyped, speculated and anticipated as this. 
That's because Roger Goodell's handshake with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday meant so much more than just a simple congratulations. After New England pulled off one of the most epic comebacks in Super Bowl history, the NFL commissioner found Brady among the post-game media mob, offering his hand in a congratulatory gesture between the former adversaries.
That moment symbolized the official, long-awaited, undisputed end to football's biggest scandal, a storm that never seemed to pass. With one handshake, Goodell ended " Deflategate ." Read more...
More about Football , Nfl , Roger Goodell , Tom Brady , and Super Bowl 51
Entertainment Tonight
78 d ago
'The Simpsons' Predicted Lady Gaga's Epic Super Bowl LI Performance Back in 2012!
From her wire-flying to her piano solo, 'The Simpsons' gave fans an uncanny look at Gaga's halftime show almost five years ago!
New York Times
78 d ago
Keeping Score: With Brady and Belichick, a Patriots Super Bowl Means a Dramatic Finish
The Patriots are 5-2 in Super Bowls when quarterbacked by Tom Brady and coached by Bill Belichick, but their record could easily be 7-0. Or 0-7.
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