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Philadelphia marched down the field for an impressive opening drive that took 7: Jake Elliott made a yard field goal to give Philly an early lead. Teams that score first in the Super Bowl are Broken up in the end zone! The Patriots won the coin toss and elected to defer their choice to the second half. The Eagles would start the game with the ball.

Who had the under? Tom Brady's pregame tradition — screaming "let's go" at the top of his lungs — continues. It sounded as if the Eagles would have the house for the Super Bowl. Pregame cheers for Philly and boos for New England. A stadium-wide sing-along of "Fly Eagles Fly" just broke out. This sounds like a very Eagles-heavy crowd.

Tom Brady steps on the field and is immediately greeted with boos. Sub-zero temperatures in the hours leading up to kickoff made Super Bowl 52 the coldest in history.

Not that anybody inside the climate-controlled stadium cared. It's -2 outside U. Naturally, Vikings fans were in attendance in Minneapolis. And yes, they did have a rooting interest. Dude, let it go! Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was getting loose a couple hours before kickoff.

Dolphins legend Dan Marino was in the house, and he revealed the look of the stadium more than two hours before kickoff. Proposition 1 , an ordinance which would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in Houston's housing, employment, public accommodations, and city contracting, was rejected by voters Even though starting quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for the first four games, and All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski was lost to injury in midseason, the Patriots still recorded an NFL-best 14—2 record; their only losses were a shutout loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 4 and a loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week They scored points third in the NFL while allowing the fewest in the league Brady missed the first four games of the year on suspension due to a postseason incident known as Deflategate.

Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett each started two games in Brady's place. After his suspension ended, Brady took back command of the offense and went on to earn his 12th Pro Bowl selection, passing for 3, yards and 28 touchdowns, with only two interceptions, while his The team's leading receiver was Julian Edelman , who caught 98 passes for 1, yards and added more returning punts. Wide receivers Chris Hogan 38 receptions for yards and Malcolm Mitchell 32 receptions for yards were also significant receiving threats.

Gronkowski caught 25 passes for yards before suffering a season-ending back injury in week Tight end Martellus Bennett stepped up in his absence, hauling in 55 receptions for yards and a team-leading seven touchdown catches. Running back LeGarrette Blount was the team's top rusher with 1, yards and a league-leading 18 touchdowns.

In passing situations, the team relied heavily on running back James White , who caught 60 passes for yards and added another on the ground. Despite trading All-Pro outside linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns in the middle of the season, the Patriots defensive line was led by tackle Trey Flowers , who ranked first on the team with seven quarterback sacks, and Jabaal Sheard , who recorded five sacks of his own.

Linebacker Rob Ninkovich also made a big impact, recording 34 tackles, two forced fumbles, and four sacks. In the secondary, cornerback Malcolm Butler led the team with four interceptions, while Logan Ryan led the team in tackles and intercepted two passes.

Safety Devin McCourty ranked second on the team with 83 tackles and notched one interception while earning his third career Pro Bowl selection. The team also had a defensive expert on special teams, Matthew Slater , who made the Pro Bowl for the sixth consecutive year. The Patriots entered Super Bowl LI with an overall record of 4—4 in their previous eight Super Bowl appearances, with all four of their wins and two of their four losses coming under the leadership of Belichick and Brady.

It was also his record tenth participation in a Super Bowl in any capacity, which overtook the mark of nine that he had shared with Dan Reeves. This was also Brady's seventh Super Bowl appearance, the most appearances by a player in Super Bowl history. The Atlanta Falcons, under second-year head coach Dan Quinn , finished the season with an 11—5 record, earning them the No.

It was a big reversal of declining fortunes for the team, who had failed to qualify to play in the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. The Falcons were loaded with offensive firepower, leading all NFL teams in scoring with points. While he ranked only ninth in completions , his passing yards 4, and touchdowns 38 both ranked second in the NFL.

His favorite target was receiver Julio Jones , who caught 83 passes for 1, yards second in the NFL and six touchdowns. But Ryan had plenty of other options, such as newly acquired wide receivers Mohamed Sanu 59 receptions for yards and Taylor Gabriel 35 receptions for yards and six touchdowns.

Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman was the team's leading rusher, with 1, yards, 11 touchdowns, and 4. He was also a superb receiver out of the backfield, catching 54 passes for yards and two more scores. Running back Tevin Coleman was also a major asset on the ground and through the air, with rushing yards, 31 receptions for yards, and 11 total touchdowns.

The Falcons also had an excellent special teams unit led by veteran kick returner Eric Weems. His 24 punt returns for yards gave him the sixth highest return average in the NFL Pro Bowl kicker Matt Bryant led the league in scoring with points, while also ranking third in field goal percentage Rookie linebacker Deion Jones was also an impact player, leading the team in combined tackles and interceptions three.

The Falcons secondary featured hard-hitting safety Keanu Neal , who had tackles and forced five fumbles. Safety Ricardo Allen added 90 tackles and two interceptions. But overall, the defense ranked just 27th in the league in points allowed The Falcons, with the NFC's 2 seed, began their postseason run by defeating the third-seeded Seattle Seahawks in the Divisional Round, 36—20, racking up yards. As the designated home team in the annual rotation between AFC and NFC teams, the Falcons elected to wear their red home jerseys with white pants, [51] [52] which meant that the Patriots wore their white road jerseys.

This was the sixth Super Bowl since the AFL-NFL merger in to feature a 1 scoring offense against a 1 scoring defense, with the team with the 1 scoring defense winning four of the previous five matchups.

Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green park. Discovery Green hosted Super Bowl Live, a day festival which featured live concerts and other attractions, including projection shows, fireworks shows, and a virtual reality attraction, Future Flight , in conjunction with NASA. The neighboring George R. Brown Convention Center hosted the annual NFL Experience event, which featured interactive activities and appearances by players.

In the beginning of February the NFL and law enforcement announced that tickets to Super Bowl LI would feature heat-sensitive logos to deter counterfeit tickets. On the front of each ticket was a full polymer graphic that was raised and the back features a true color security label with Houston's skyline and the Super Bowl logo. The final security feature was a graphic on the lower portion of the back of each ticket printed with thermochromic ink.

In late , Uber had threatened to leave Houston ahead of the Super Bowl LI festivities, insisting various city regulations, including fingerprint background checks of drivers, were too burdensome and prevented drivers from working.

Houston officials and Uber reached a compromise in December, which determined that Houston would continue to require a fingerprint check for drivers but eliminate requirements for driver drug testing and physicals through at least February 5.

As with Super Bowl 50, the stadium was equipped for Intel freeD instant replay technology, using an array of 36 5K resolution cameras positioned around the stadium to enable degree views of plays. Fox introduced a new feature utilizing the system known as Be the Player , which composited the various camera angles into a single view of a play from the point-of-view of a player on the field.

An average of Fox stated that 1. A spot from longtime advertiser Budweiser garnered controversy before the game for depicting Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch 's emigration to the United States from Germany, its broadcast coming on the heels of U.

President Donald Trump signing an executive order that bans travelers from several Muslim nations. Many films were advertised with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. The Last Knight , Pirates of the Caribbean: Even without historical precedent, Fox negotiated deals with a handful of advertisers in case overtime were to occur. Canadian broadcast rights to Super Bowl LI were subject to a still-ongoing legal dispute; although U.

This policy is intended to help protect Canadian advertising revenue from being lost to viewers watching via U. In , as part of a larger series of regulatory reforms, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission CRTC banned the Super Bowl from being substituted under these circumstances, meaning that the telecast on CTV —a simulcast of the U.

The CRTC cited dissatisfaction surrounding the practice from Canadian viewers—particularly the unavailability of the U. The NFL's Canadian rightsholder Bell Media , as well as the league itself, have displayed objections to the policy; Bell felt that the decision devalued its exclusive Canadian rights to the game, and violated Canada's Broadcasting Act , which forbids the "making of regulations singling out a particular program or licensee. The simsub prohibition only applied to the game itself, and not pre-game or post-game programming which was simulcast with Fox and subject to simsub.

In an attempt to mitigate the loss of de facto exclusivity to the clean U. It is not known how many Canadian viewers watched the game via Fox, as neither Nielsen or Canadian ratings provider Numeris calculate Canadian viewership of American broadcasters.

WBZ-FM for the Patriots with Bob Socci and Scott Zolak announcing , and WZGC for the Falcons with Wes Durham and Dave Archer announcing ; under the league's contract with Westwood One, no other stations in the teams' usual radio networks were allowed to carry the local broadcast, and unlike in recent years when at least one of the two flagships was a clear-channel station , both the Patriots and Falcons use FM radio stations as their local flagships, limiting listenership to those within the local metropolitan areas or with access to those feeds via Sirius XM satellite radio or TuneIn Premium.

Spanish-language radio rights are held by Entravision as part of a three-year agreement signed in During pre-game festivities, the NFL honored members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame that had played college football at historically black colleges and universities. Both teams' season recaps were presented by Ving Rhames. Before the game, American country music singer and songwriter Luke Bryan sang the US national anthem.

After the national anthem, former President George H. Bush performed the coin toss alongside his wife, Barbara. On September 29, , Lady Gaga , who had performed the national anthem the previous year at Super Bowl 50 , confirmed that she would be performing at the Super Bowl LI halftime show on her Instagram account with the message: The rumors are true. It is going to be an incredible night. Her performance also included some of her biggest hit songs, such as " Poker Face ", " Born This Way ", " Million Reasons ", and " Bad Romance " [] and was accompanied by a swarm of LED-equipped Intel drones forming an American flag in the sky in a pre-recorded segment.

Mohamed Sanu stated the long length of the halftime show played a part in Atlanta ultimately losing the game. Teams on average are off the field for fifteen minutes during halftime, but Super Bowl halftimes are considerably longer.

Unlike the Falcons it appears Bill Belichick actually incorporated the length of the show into the team's practices. The first quarter of Super Bowl LI was a scoreless defensive match with each team punting twice.

The longest play from scrimmage was a yard carry by Falcons running back Devonta Freeman , which did not lead to any points, though it would be the longest run of the game for either team. On the first play of the second quarter, New England's quarterback Tom Brady completed a yard pass to wide receiver Julian Edelman on the Falcons yard line. But on the next play, linebacker Deion Jones stripped the ball from running back LeGarrette Blount ; the fumble was recovered by defensive back Robert Alford on the yard line.

On the next two plays, Matt Ryan completed passes to Julio Jones for gains of 19 and 23 yards. Freeman ran the ball on the next three plays, covering the final 29 yards to the end zone, the last carry a 5-yard touchdown run that put Atlanta up 7—0. New England failed to get a first down on the series following the Freeman score, and the Falcons moved the ball 62 yards in five plays.

Ryan started the drive with a yard completion to Taylor Gabriel , then completed a pass to Jones for an yard gain. On 3rd-and-9, he threw a yard touchdown pass to tight end Austin Hooper , giving the Falcons a 14—0 lead. It was the largest deficit Brady had ever faced in his seven Super Bowl appearances, and it would soon get larger. However, on 3rd-and-6, Brady threw a pass that was intercepted by Alford and returned 82 yards for a touchdown, increasing Atlanta's lead to 21—0.

It was the first time in his career that Brady had thrown a pick-six in his 33 postseason games, [] and Alford's 82 yard return was the second longest interception return in Super Bowl history. Getting the ball back with 2: The drive stalled at the Falcons yard line, but Stephen Gostkowski kicked a field goal with two seconds left on the clock to send the teams into their locker rooms with the score 21—3.

New England had an early third quarter scoring opportunity when Edelman returned a punt 26 yards to the Patriots' yard line, but they could not gain a first down on the drive. Following the Patriots' punt, the Falcons started their drive on their own yard line, Ryan completed two long passes to wide receiver Taylor Gabriel for gains of 17 and 35 yards to bring the ball to the New England yard line. Four plays later, Ryan finished the yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass to running back Tevin Coleman , giving the Falcons a 28—3 lead with 8: He's on pace for receptions.

Jerry Jones knows how big the Cowboys' win against the Giants was even if it was Week 2. Jones knew the Cowboys had to avoid an start. Not any more for Dak Prescott but it was on the line tonight. He's played in two regular season game… twitter. Old friends still get to line it up! It was overshadowed some by the Broncos' two-minute drive on offense to win the game Sunday -- a victory over the Oakland Raiders -- but outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett's block of a Raiders' extra point in the second quarter turned out to be the difference.

The guys inside, Derek Wolfe, and I think Philly safety Will Parks outside, they got the eyes of the tackle, the tight end and the guard. I swam, and I was free,'' Barrett said. At the time the Raiders' touchdown, with the blocked extra point, had given Oakland a lead at halftime. Broncos quarterback Case Keenum said: It's little plays like that.

You never know in this league. The Cowboys offense tailed off after a fast start but the defense was able to limit Saquon Barkley and Odell Beckham Jr. The Cowboys avoided the dreaded start and actually find themselves atop the NFC East standings with a division win.