In what was an absolute thriller, the New England Patriots regain their seat on the throne as NFL champions after defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime. Patriots’ QB Tom Brady completed the largest comeback in Super Bowl history (21-point deficit) as he also went on to win his NFL-best fourth Super Bowl MVP award.
Brady broke other records tonight as well including most passing yards by a quarterback in the Super Bowl, but one record still stands in his record book that delights the ears of Giants fans: QB Eli Manning is still the only quarterback to defeat Brady in the Super Bowl.
Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan did make a strong case that break this record as the Falcons stunned the Patriots and everyone watching with a 21-3 lead at halftime. However, 31 unanswered points crushed Ryan and the Falcons’ hopes to give Atlanta their first Super Bowl victory.
Brady’s Super Bowl record now moves to 5-2 in his career making Manning and the Giants the only team to figure out a winning formula against the great Patriots dynasty. A few days prior to the game tonight, Brady told NFL Network’s Mike Garafalo that “there were some crappy feelings I’m sure the Giants fans still love,” referencing his Super Bowl XLII and XLVI losses to the G-Men.
So, after what looked like a game to change the history books, the status quo remained the same: Tom Brady may be the greatest quarterback the game has ever seen, and Eli Manning and the Giants still own No. 12 in the big game.