PATRIOTS WIN THE SUPER BOWL! Here are the big plays and moments everybody will be talking about

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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.

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Also, 2 Chainz and Harry Connick Jr.

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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.”

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Once Brady was on the field, he was fired up as usual.


Before kickoff, some of the all-time-great NFL players from historically black colleges and universities were honored.

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The Schuyler Sisters had a small ad lib in “America the Beautiful,” and Dan Quinn enjoyed it.


Luke Bryan sang the national anthem.

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Game on!

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Just when everybody was expecting a high-scoring game, the highlights from the first quarter included 0 points, 128 total yards, and four punts.

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In one of the more bizarre stats you’ll ever see, Tom Brady has still never scored a point in the first quarter of a Super Bowl. His teams are now scoreless in seven Super Bowl first quarters.

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The Falcons got the first big break of the game early in the second quarter when Deion Jones stripped LeGarrette Blount.


That led to the first score of the game, when Devonta Freeman made a nice cut to the outside and easily scored from the 5-yard line.


Oh my, Julio Jones!

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After yet another Patriots punt, Matt Ryan hit Austin Hooper with a perfect pass in the back of the end zone from 19 yards out. 14-0 Falcons.


The Patriots looked as if they were putting a drive together late in the second quarter. Three times on third down on the same drive, they got bailed out by defensive holding penalties on the Falcons.

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But just when it looked as if the Patriots were going to get back into the game, Brady threw a pick-6 that Robert Alford returned 82 yards, making it 21-0.


Patrick Smith captured a great shot of the interception for Getty Images.

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Lady Gaga made a grand entrance for her halftime show.

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Lady Gaga gave a shoutout to her mom and dad.


The Patriots needed a good start to the second half. They didn’t get it. After forcing the Falcons to punt on the opening drive, the Patriots did the same. Then the Falcons marched down and got a six-yard touchdown pass to Tevin Coleman. Arthur Blank was excited.


The Patriots finally got their first touchdown late in the third period when Brady hit James White on a short pass. But Stephen Gostkowski missed the extra point, and the score stayed at 28-9.


It was Gostkowski’s fifth missed extra point of the season.

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The Pats then tried an onside kick. But when Gostkowski tried to clear out the defense, the ball bounced up and hit him in the leg before going 10 yards.

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Down 28-9, the Patriots got a first-and-goal. But on the next three plays, Brady got sacked twice and a swing pass to the running back got stopped for no gain. The Patriots had to settle for a field goal and a 28-12 game with 9 1/2 minutes to go.

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The Patriots got their first huge play of the game with just over eight minutes to go when Dont’a Hightower came unblocked and knocked the ball loose from Ryan. The Pats would recover the ball, still needing two touchdowns and two extra points.


That led to an easy touchdown pass to Danny Amendola.

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On the two-point conversion, the direct snap to James White made it a one-score game.


Just when it looked as if the Falcons were struggling, Julio Jones came through with another incredible catch. Wow!


The Falcons couldn’t capitalize, losing 23 yards and falling out of field-goal range, and had to punt. A field goal would have sealed the game. Instead, the Patriots had 91 yards and 3 1/2 minutes to tie the game.

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With the Patriots driving for a tying score, Julian Edelman made one of the great catches in Super Bowl history.


The ball never hit the ground!


With just under a minute to go, the Patriots got a 1-yard touchdown from White and a 2-point conversion from Amendola. Tie game, 28-28!


And for the first time in 51 years, the Super Bowl headed to overtime.

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On the opening drive of overtime, the Falcons were called for pass interference at the 2-yard line, setting up a first-and-goal.

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Two plays later, the Patriots won the Super Bowl when White plowed into the end zone.


It was close, but the ball seemed to get across the line before the knee hit the ground. Game over! What a game!

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All that was left was the trophy presentation. Roger Goodell got booed heavily as he tried to congratulate Robert Kraft. For his part, Kraft then took a shot at the NFL over what transpired “the last two years,” a reference to Deflategate.

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Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP and shared a nice postgame moment with his family.

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