Super Bowl LI was played on February 5th, 2017, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The New England Patriots, champions of the AFC, faced off against the Atlanta Falcons, champions of the NFC.
The Patriots had a fantastic regular season, finishing with a record of 14-2, the 7th straight season they recorded 12 or more wins. It was a remarkable achievement considering that Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games due to the "Deflategate" scandal. They won their division and then defeated the Houston Texans and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game to advance to the Super Bowl. Quarterback Tom Brady led the team's offense, completing 291 passes for 3,554 yards and 28 touchdowns. The defense was led by defensive end Trey Flowers, who recorded 7 sacks that season, Donta Hightower, who made his 2nd All-Pro selection, and Devin McCourty.
The Falcons, coached by Dan Quinn, also had a successful regular season, finishing with a record of 11-5. They won their division and then defeated the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl LI. Quarterback Matt Ryan led the team's offense, completing 373 passes for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns, to win the MVP. Kyle Shanahan's offense, which led the league in scoring, also included Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Devonta Freedman, and Tevin Coleman. The defense was solid, led by linebacker Vic Beasley, who recorded an NFL-best 15.5 sacks that season.
Super Bowl LI
The game was a historic comeback, with the Patriots returning from a 28-3 deficit in the 3rd quarter to win the game in overtime. The Patriots' defense held the Falcons to 6 points in the second half, and the offense, led by Brady, who threw for 466 yards and 2 touchdowns, and a strong running game, scored 31 points in the second half and overtime to secure the victory with a score of 34-28. Tom Brady was named Super Bowl LI MVP after his outstanding performance. The win marked the Patriots' fifth Super Bowl victory in franchise history and solidified their status as one of the NFL's elite teams of the 2010s.