Super Bowl LI Review


Leon Zhao and Noah Tanenbaum

The 51th Annual Super Bowl was a game to remember. The game broke numerous previous Super Bowl records and was the first game of its kind in many aspects. Perhaps this was to be expected. After all, the finals lineup pitted the number one highest scoring offense in the league against the number one highest scoring defense, a matchup that rarely ever occurs in the championship game.

What could not have been expected was the final outcome of the game after a unforeseen Patriots comeback in the second half. The competition between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots resulted in the largest super bowl point deficit comeback of 25 points over 2 quarters. The game was also broke the record for the first Super Bowl to go over time in NFL history and many other records as well.

Tom Brady became the QB with the most Super Bowl games played in history with 7 games and tied for the most Super Bowls won at 5.

The game also made Patriots coach Bill Belichick the most winningest coach in NFL history with 5 Super Bowl wins.

The Patriots also unsurprisingly broke the record for most offensive plays, passes, and completions by a team in a Super Bowl.

Here’s a quick recap of the highlights of the game:

First Quarter:

  • The Falcons won the initial coin toss and elected to defer the ball to the Patriots.
  • Both teams failed to score on their opening drives.

Second Quarter

  • The falcons struck first with a touchdown run by running back Devonta Freeman at the beginning of the second quarter.
  • The Falcons continued to score two more touchdowns as their point total rose to 21.
  • The patriots scavenged a measly field goal as time expired before halftime and both teams went into the locker rooms with a massive point deficit of 21 to 3.

Lady Gaga halftime show

  • Lady Gaga sings verses from “God Bless America” and “This Land is Your Land”, and jumps off the roof of Houston’s NRG Stadium onto a stage platform.
  • Intel-powered drones light up the Houston sky above in Patriotic colors.
  • Lady Gaga delivers an electrifying performance, singing many of her well known songs.

Third Quarter

  • As the third quarter begins, Matt Ryan and the Falcons previously unstoppable defense seemed to finally show chinks in its armor as the Falcons began to falter to the patriots swarming coverage.
  • The Patriots manage 6 points and the Falcons gain 7, making the score 28 to 9 with the Falcons still in the lead.

Fourth Quarter

  • Patriots begin an unexpected comeback as Tom Brady scores 19 points with two touchdowns and one field goal. The score is tied 28-28.


  • New England wins the coin toss in overtime.
  • The patriots break the tie with 6 points and win the Super Bowl in 34-28.

Notable Commercials:

  • Mr. Clean
  • NFL Super Bowl Baby Legends “Who’s Next?”
  • T-Mobile(Snoop Dogg)
  • Bai(Justin Timberlake)
  • Persil(Bill Nye the Science Guy)
  • Audi(“equal pay for equal work.”)
  • Buick(Cam Newton and Miranda Kerr)