The Most Important Plays of Super Bowl LI
- •James White scores the winning touchdown in overtimeObviously, this is first. It won the game! It required a valiant second effort from White, too, that might be overlooked.
- •Dont'a Hightower forces strip sacks Matt Ryan on third downDown sixteen with the clock ticking, the Patriots needed a stop. Hightower provided that and then some. New England gained the momentum and never slowed down.
- •Julian Edelman makes an all-time great catchThe only thing more baffling than how the Pats came back is how Edelman caught this ball, reversing the Tyree curse.
- •Elandon Roberts tackles Devonta Freeman in the open fieldLeading by eight in the fourth quarter, Atlanta caught a break when Freeman was open for a large gain near New England territory. He could have gone for a touchdown, but Roberts tracked him down just in time.
- •Danny Amendola ties the game with a two point conversionLast season, the Patriots lost in the AFC Championship on a failed two point try. Not this time, Amendola just barely makes it across the goal line to tie the game at 28.
- •Trey Flowers sacks Matt Ryan to take the Falcons out of field goal rangeThree points would have ended the game, especially after Julio Jones's monster catch. Flowers's sack and a subsequent holding penalty against the Falcons forced a punt to give Tom Brady a chance to make a drive.
- •James White rushes for the first two point conversion to make it a one possession gameEven getting one two point conversion is impossible enough in the Super Bowl. But this first one, a replica of the classic Kevin Faulk play, showed the Patriots had fight in them yet.
- •Danny Amendola scores a touchdown to bring the Patriots within tenYou could tell Brady was locked in on this pass, as the Patriots capitalized on an Atlanta turnover and threw the Devil off their back at long last.
- •Tom Brady keeps the drive alive with a fifteen yard rushAfter converting on fourth down, New England faced another third down and an insurmountable deficit. Brady showcased his wheels and the level of fight he still had in him.
- •Matthew Slater calls headsHas a coin toss ever been more important? Sticking with the initial call, Slater changed the fortune with a coin toss victory. Electing to receive in overtime, Atlanta's defense never stood a chance in stopping the Patriots offense that was transcending cylinder clicking.