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Patriots defeat Falcons 34-28 in thrilling overtime classic to win Super Bowl

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NFL: Super Bowl LI-New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

For the first three quarters of Super Bowl LI, it was looking like the Atlanta Falcons would defeat the New England Patriots in a blowout.

What followed was perhaps the best finish to a game in Super Bowl history. The Patriots scored 31 straight points to win it 34-28 in overtime, the first Super Bowl to ever go to overtime.

The Patriots trailed 28-3 midway through the third quarter, but it was then that Tom Brady and the rest of the team caught fire. The Patriots scored on their final five drives (not including the kneel down to end regulation), including the touchdown and two point conversion with less than a minute left in regulation to force overtime. The Patriots then got the ball first in overtime and the Falcons never got the ball, as New England scored on a two-yard run by James White to win it.

Tom Brady was phenomenal, putting together his finest Super Bowl performance as he won MVP honors. Brady completed 43 of 62 passes for 466 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, leading the Patriots all the way back from a 25-point deficit to win it.

For both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, this is their fifth Super Bowl victory - which is the most all-time for a coach and for a player. It was an instant classic, and a thrilling finish. In the end, the Patriots are Super Bowl champions.

And we know how Colts fans feel about that: