The Atlanta Falcons were set to face off against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. The battle was long and hard fought, but eventually came down to the wire. I. The game had fans on edge with anticipation as they watched some of their favorite players on TV for an entire week leading up to it. When all was said and done, there could be no doubt that this game had been one for the books – including an amazing performance by Lady Gaga at halftime!This post explores the key moments of what happened during Super Bowl LI.
Who did Atlanta play in the super bowl?
The Atlanta Falcons had the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. The game was hard fought, but eventually came down to the wire. The Patriots were led by quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick. The game was on February 5th, 2017. The game was played in Houston, Texas in the NRG Stadium. It increased in size in 2017 and can now accommodate 75,000 people. The stadium also has a retractable roof which offers protection from the elements when open.
The Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons are the defending champions of the National Football League. The current head coach is Dan Quinn. He took over for Mike Smith, who was the previous coach. Quinn was hired in 2015. Thomas Dimitroff is the general manager and he has been with the team for ten years.In 2004, the Falcons received the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. In 2005, they were given the Pete Rozelle Award. As for team awards, in 1996 they won the NFC Championship.
New England Patriots
The Patriots were established as a new American Football League (AFL) team in 1960, under the ownership of Billy Sullivan. Their first ever draft pick was Hall of Famer Chuck Muncie. New England’s wordmark is an “American Flag with the text ‘Patriots’ on it”. The current head coach is Bill Belichick and their quarterback is Tom Brady. In 1963, they changed their home uniforms to Red/White/Blue from Brown/White/Gold and they won their first AFL Championship that year after beating the San Diego Chargers 31-10. The Patriots have won five Super Bowls, most recently in 2017. Brady has been with the team since 2000, when he was drafted to be a backup for Drew Bledsoe
The game was close for the first 3 quarters, but the Falcons seemed to be gaining the upper hand. It was 20-10 at that point in time.
The Falcons then made an amazing comeback to take the lead back with 34 seconds left to go in regulation. Patriots’ Quarterback Tom Brady led his team downfield for a game-tying touchdown to send the game into overtime.
The rest of the game was uneventful, so after 7 minutes of overtime played, it went to a sudden death situation, which is when they have a coin flip to determine possession.
In overtime, Patriots won coin toss and they marched right downfield for another score with just one play, making the final score 34-28 New England Patriots .
After a hard fought game, the New England Patriots came out on top to win Super Bowl LI.
Matt Ryan was the quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. He threw for 392 yards and 4 touchdowns during the game. He was named MVP of the game.He was drafted third overall in 2008 and ever since has played a pivotal role in the team’s success. In 2016, he broke the NFL’s single-season record for passing yards and led the Falcons to their first Super Bowl in franchise history.
The Atlanta Falcons may be the defending champions of the National Football League, but they fell to New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. When all was said and done there could be no doubt that this game had been one of the books. Both teams played a great game and many fans enjoyed the tournament