Tom Brady led the greatest comeback in the Super Bowl history as the New England Patriots overcame a second-half 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, in Super Bowl LI. Brady earned his 4th Super Bowl MVP award and became the winningest quarterback with five championships.
In the middle of the celebrations, speculations arose regarding Brady’s plans to retire after winning another championship. However, the 39-year-old already made it clear before the game that “there’s no way” he retires now.
Tom Brady entered the game with the full determination to win. As he said in an interview, Brady believed that everyone should start and end the game with the goal to win. The 39-year-old quarterback established an impressive performance to grab the victory despite a sluggish start.
“I think that at the start of a game, you’re always playing to win, and then maybe if you’re ahead late in the game, you start playing not to lose. The true competitors, though, are the ones who always play to win. I’d like to think that that is my team’s approach,” Brady said.
The Atlanta Falcons led by as much as 25 points in the third quarter. However, the Patriots continued to fight back and forced an overtime. Brady bounced back from a poor first half and led the Patriots on four second-half scoring drives, including two TD marches in the fourth quarter. James White notched the Patriots’ overtime drive with a 2-yard touchdown run, ending an eight-play, 75-yard drive against a tough Falcons defense.
Tom Brady beats Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the winningest QB
Tom Brady won his fourth Super Bowl MVP award by throwing for 466 yards and two touchdowns. He also grabbed his fifth championship to break Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw’s record, making him the winningest quarterback in Super Bowl history. The Patriots set Super Bowl records with 466 passing yards, 43 completions, and 62 attempts.
“We all brought each other back,” Brady said on the Fox telecast after the game. “We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle. They have a great team. I give them a lot of credit. We just made a few more plays than them.”
Brady dedicated the game to his mother, who is currently battling an undisclosed illness. The Patriots experienced their greatest obstacle this season after Brady was suspended last year and lost tight end Rob Gronkowski to injury. However, they managed to stick with their mottos “Do Your Job” and “One More” while Brady continued to raise their spirit every game.
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