The New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl LI. The NFL championship game at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas broke a lot of Super Bowl records, many from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Here are four records broken by Brady and the Patriots on Sunday. Brady himself already holds some other records but here are the new records for various categories. The Falcons dominated the Patriots’ defense in the first half but Brady owned the Atlanta’s defense in the second.
Largest Comeback Win in Super Bowl History – 25 Points
Brady and the Patriots were down 28-3 in the third quarter but came back to win it all. The previous records were a comeback from 10 points down, done by three teams in NFL history.
In Super Bowl XXII, the Washington Redskins beat the Denver Broncos after trailing 10-0 after the first quarter. In Super Bowl XLIV, the New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17 after also trailing by 10-0. Two years ago, the Patriots also overcame a 10-point lead by the Seattle Seahawks winning 28-24.
Brady also came back from a 24-point deficit in a game previously. But, the 25 points is now the biggest comeback in his career.
Biggest Completion/Attempts Total for Tom Brady
Brady set the total completion in Super Bowl XLIX with 37 but he set a new one on Sunday when he three 43 completed passes. The previous record for passing attempts was at 58 by Jim Kelly and Brady also broke that with 62 in Super Bowl LI.
Largest Total Passing Yards by a Quarterback
Brady also set the total passing yards by a quarterback in a Super Bowl game with 466 yards. St. Louis Rams’ Kurt Warner, who had 414 yards in Super Bowl XXXIV, held the previous record and kept it for 17 years.
Fourth Super Bowl MVP award for Tom Brady
Tom Brady won his fourth Super Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for leading the comeback win over the Falcons. He now has one more than Joe Montana and leads the multiple Super Bowl MVP winners Bart Starr, Eli Manning and Terry Bradshaw, who had two Super Bowl MVP awards.
Brady already held some of the Super Bowl records before the game against the Falcons. He added more on Sunday and he now has 15 Super Bowl game touchdowns plus the Super Bowl totals records in most passes, completions and passing yards.
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