New England Patriots' James White scores the winning touchdown between Atlanta Falcons' Jalen Collins, left, and Robert Alford during overtime of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the rest of the New England Patriots have long been reluctant to rank their victories.No team had ever made up more than a 10-point deficit to win a Super Bowl. Brady led the Patriots on five straight scoring drives that equaled 31 straight points.It matched, or exceeded, what David Tyree of the Giants did nine years previously, when his football-on-the-helmet catch led to the end of New England's quest for an undefeated season in the Super Bowl.The catch highlighted New England's 91-yard, game-tying drive and extinguished whatever fight was left in an Atlanta defense that looked unbeatable for 2 1/2 quarters – never more than when Alford intercepted Brady and took it 82 yards for a score that made it 21-0 late in the second quarter.Not everything went right for New England: Stephen Gostkowski clanked an extra point off the upright after New England's first touchdown made it 28-9 . Then, after the Patriots had pulled within eight, Matt Ryan hit Julio Jones for a tiptoe catch that gave Atlanta the ball on the Patriots 22 with 4:40 left.Brady got the ball at the 9 with 3:30 left.
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