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Patriots’ Tom Brady is immortal after winning his fifth Super Bowl

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The drive of the ages.

The comeback of the ages.

The quarterback of the ages.

Now, does anyone want to talk about anyone else but Tom Brady?

Brady’s fifth Super Bowl – more than anyone else has ever won – came in a classic style Sunday night. He overcame a record 25-point deficit. He endured the first-ever overtime at a Super Bowl. And he led the Patriots to yet another Super Bowl victory.

“You know, we all brought each other back,” Brady said. “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.”

The Patriots came from behind – 21-0 and 28-3 – to beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28. The Patriots scored the last 31 points in a row to beat Atlanta.

Brady threw the ball an amazing 62 times, completing 43 for 466 yards in the comeback.

It was a complete reversal from the first half, when the Falcons seemed on the verge of a blowout. Matt Ryan threw for 266 yards and two scores, but he couldn’t get enough going in the second half.

The Falcons took a 21-0 lead on a five-yard run by Devonta Freeman, a 19-yard pass from Ryan to Austin Hooper and a 82-yard interception return by Robert Alford. After a Patriots field goal at the end of the first half, the Falcons went up 28-3 on a six-yard pass from Ryan to Tevin Coleman early in the third quarter.

But with just over two minutes to go in the third period, the Patriots began to show life. Brady hit James White for a five-yard score to make it 28-9 (Stephen Gostkowski missed the extra point).

In the fourth period, Gostkowski hit a 33-yard field goal, Danny Amendola caught a six-yard touchdown from Brady and White scored a one-yard touchdown. The Patriots scored  two two-point conversions to tie the game.

In overtime, Brady led his team on an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive. White scored the winning touchdown on a two-yard run.

White caught 14 passes for 110 yards in the victory.

Atlanta kept the ball for only 23 minutes and 27 seconds. The Patriots had it for more than 40 minutes. Part of the reason was the Falcons converted only one of eight third downs.

The Falcons had a chance to lock up the game in the third period. After Julio Jones made a nice catch, all the Falcons had to do was run the ball three times to make the Pats use time-outs and then kick a field goal for an 11-point lead. Instead, Ryan was sacked and the Falcons ended up punting.

In the post-game, commissioner Roger Goodell presented the Lombardi Trophy to Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft, who he had clashed with after suspending Brady for four games.

“Two years ago, we won our fourth Super Bowl down in Arizona,” Kraft said after receiving the Vince Lombardi Trophy from  Goodell. “I told our fans that was the sweetest one of all. But a lot has transpired during the last two years. I don’t think that needs any explanation. But I want to say to our fans, our brilliant coaching staff, our amazing players who are so spectacular, this is unequivocally the sweetest. I’m proud to say, for the fifth time, we are all Patriots.”

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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