Patriots outlast Falcons in Super Bowl LI with historic 34-28 overtime win

New England Patriots' Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons in overtime Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. The Patriots won 34-28. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(WPRI) — The New England Patriots became the first team in NFL history to mount a Super Bowl comeback victory by a 25-point deficit, to win with the first coach to take five Super Bowls, and with the first quarterback to ever lead his team to a record high five Super Bowls.

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Eyewitness News Reporter Kelly Sullivan was right outside NRG Stadium when the Pats made the biggest comeback win in Super Bowl history. The fireworks went off after the overtime win.
Eyewitness News Reporter Kelly Sullivan was right outside NRG Stadium when the Pats made the biggest comeback win in Super Bowl history. The fireworks went off after the overtime win.

James White scored the two-yard game winner on the only overtime possession as New England scored the final 31 points of the game.

Brady led his team going 43 of 62 for his Super Bowl career-best 466 yards and two scores. He made 62 passes, setting a record for the title game. Bill Belichick becomes the winningest coach in Super Bowl history.

New England Patriots' Tom Brady raises his arms after a touchdown, during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
New England Patriots’ Tom Brady raises his arms after a touchdown, during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Big Game

OVERTIME: Patriots bring the game into the first overtime in Super Bowl history, win 34-28 in OT.

4th Quarter: 28-28! Patriots tie it late in the fourth. A full-field Patriots drive led by Brady with TD and two-point conversion.

28-20 after Patriots drive ending with a Danny Amendola touchdown pass from Brady followed by a two-point conversion. The last quarter of Super Bowl LI started with a score of 28-9. Minutes into the fourth, the Patriots were stopped short of a touchdown after a solid drive, Gostkowski hit his field goal on fourth down making it 28-12 after Brady was sacked inside the red zone.

3rd Quarter: 28-9, Falcons maintain their dominance both defensively and offensively. Patriots drive to earn a James White touchdown for six, but Gostkowski misses the extra point.

AT THE HALF: 21-3 Falcons. Lady Gaga’s performance garnered rave reviews early. She played all her best songs, she didn’t get political, she didn’t lip sync, but she did subtly tout unity and inclusion in powerful halftime show. Twitter overwhelmingly approves of her halftime performance. Full review an highlights here by FOX Sports.

Atlanta Falcons' Austin Hooper catches a touchdown pass ahead of New England Patriots' Patrick Chung during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Atlanta Falcons’ Austin Hooper catches a touchdown pass ahead of New England Patriots’ Patrick Chung during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

2nd Quarter: The Falcon’s underrated defense combined with their explosive offense quickly translated into a dominating 21-3 lead headed into halftime.

1st Quarter: After the opening kickoff, both teams went three-and-out on their opening drives. This is a battle deep into the first quarter. 0-0 at the end of the first.

Pregame: Special guests President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush are welcomed to the filed for the opening coin toss. NRG Stadium erupts in applause.

New England Patriots' Tom Brady points to the crown, before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
New England Patriots’ Tom Brady points to the crown, before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Latest Injury Reports

The final Super Bowl injury reports have been locked in. The Atlanta Falcons, seem to be fully healthy with only three players listed on their official injury report, while the Patriots have seven players listed:

NEW ENGLAND – All Players’ Game Status listed as Questionable

  1. Martellus Bennett
  2. Alan Branch
  3. Nate Ebner
  4. Dont’a Hightower
  5. Chris Hogan
  6. Malcolm Mitchell
  7. Vincent Valentine

ATLANTA – All Players’ Game Status listed as N/A

  1. Julio Jones
  2. Alex Mack
  3. Dwight Freeney

BIG GAME COVERAGE & SPECIALS TO WATCH:

Today

What does Siri say about the outcome of Super Bowl LI?

According to a report by Eyewitness News’ Kim Kalunian today, Siri says Patriots will win the Super Bowl, fans agree. The big question on many football fans’ minds is obvious: who will win Sunday’s big game?

Siri, the built-in electronic”assistant” on Apple products, seems to have an answer.

“If you ask Siri she’ll say that the Patriots are going to win by three points.” Get the full story here »

From the NFL:

 

Per the Federal Aviation Administration: Temporary Flight Restrictions in/above Houston, Texas prohibit aircraft operations and drones within a 32 mile radius of the Super Bowl events.

FAAPer NASA: Here’s what New England (aka Patriots Nation) looks like today from space:

New England from Space - NASA

The Night Before

Sunset over Newport Harbor on Super Bowl LI eve–Saturday, February 4, 2017. Sky and clouds seem to reveal a New England Patriots “Flaming Elvis” logo. Eyewitness News digital/graphics experts analyzed the photo and deemed it authentic. (Submitted via ReportIt)

Fans flocked to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Saturday night, with the Pats Pro Shop selling out of Patriots items faster than it could restock them – in particular, Tom Brady jerseys. Down in Houston, some pats fans drove to the city without a hotel room and without much of a plan besides ‘have fun.’ Robert Kraft, Rob Gronkowski and Kevin Faulk were on hand Saturday even after their media obligations were finished to pump up the large contingent of Patriots fans.

Meanwhile, here in the in the Ocean State on Saturday evening, Eyewitness News received several photo submissions of the sunset sky over Newport Harbor that seemed to show resemblance to the New England Patriots’ ‘Flaying Elvis’ logo. Eyewitness News digital graphics department as well as meteorologists examined the photos, and they appear authentic!  You decide, is this a sign?

Ticket Prices Always Fluctuating

Going to the big game is never cheap, but ticket prices can fluctuate a lot as Sunday draws near.

In the above video, Eyewitness News reporter Kelly Sullivan finds out how much the average ticket is going for and why it’s slightly more affordable than last year.

Last Day of Practice

The Patriots practiced for the last time Friday and had no media obligations so they can hunker down with their playbooks and get mentally and physically ready for the big game.

Fan Rally Held at Patriot Place

Patriots fans unable to make it to Houston this weekend rallied behind their team Friday night at Gillette Stadium.

Fans were treated to live music, face-painting, giveaways, and the Greatest petting zoo Of All Time – five goats in Patriots jerseys to represent the team’s “drive for 5” and Tom Brady being referred to as the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time).

Like Father Like Son

Sports Director Yianni Kourakis is working on a story about Bill Belichick and his dad. He’ll have that story Friday night on Eyewitness News at 6.

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Patriots Giving Back

Super Delay

The Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in Easton, Mass. announced Friday they’ll have a two-hour delay the day after the Super Bowl.

Do Your Job

At their practice Friday, the New England Revolution showed their support for their Gillette Stadium neighbors.

See & Submit Your Patriots Pride Photos »

The New England Revolution supporting their Gillette Stadium neighbors. (Photo: Elizabeth Raflowitz)
The New England Revolution supporting their Gillette Stadium neighbors. (Photo: Elizabeth Raflowitz)

 

Local Landmarks to Sport Pats Colors Sunday

The Rhode Island Sports Commission announced Saturday that a number of Rhode Island landmarks will be lit up in red, white and blue on Sunday in support of the Pats. Among the locations to be illuminated are the Westin Residences in Providence, The IGT Bulding in Providence, The Iway, the Pawtucket River bridge and the Sakonnet River Bridge.

RIDOT will be putting messages of support up on highway signs statewide.

He’s Got a Wicked Wristah

A Tom Brady jersey and a nice wrist shot made one Providence College student a star at Friday night’s men’s hockey game – Mark LaVelle scored from center ice to win a $7,000 prize for books and tuition. On Saturday the prize was increased to $10,000 in recognition of his terrific Tom Brady jersey.

Roger Williams Zoo Free for Pats Fans Saturday

The Roger Williams Park Zoo waived admission prices for Patriots fans who turned out in Pats gear Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Big Game coverage from Houston with Yianni Kourakis and Kelly Sullivan

Watch the Patriots take on the Falcons on Feb. 5 on Fox Providence. All this week, Eyewitness News is bringing you all the sights and sounds leading up to the big game with live reports from Yianni Kourakis and Kelly Sullivan in Houston.