It was the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history! Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to an incredible victory over the Atlanta Falcons in overtime Sunday night – but that’s not the only comeback that everyone’s talking about.
When the Falcons had a substantial lead, The Wall Street Journal tweeted an analysis of the game: The Falcons had a 91.6% chance of taking home the Lombardi Trophy.
The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., replied with a comeback that immediately went viral:
Where have I seen stats like this before??? ???????????????????????????? https://t.co/2KNR5BlTFE
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 6, 2017
An obvious reference to the recent presidential race in which polls wrongly predicted an inevitable win for failed Democratic-nominee Hillary Clinton over now President Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump himself tweeted out a kind congratulations to the Patriots:
What an amazing comeback and win by the Patriots. Tom Brady, Bob Kraft and Coach B are total winners. Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
And it was an amazing comeback.
New England trailed by 25 points and Brady had a case of happy feet and a wobbly arm that made him look every bit his 39 years. Before Lady Gaga had even dropped from the sky for Sunday’s halftime show, the pregame anointment of Brady as the greatest to ever play was being ripped on social media that, along with the scoreboard, had all but handed Atlanta this game.
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. The last touchdown wrapped up a 34-28 victory, yet felt inevitable and anticlimactic despite coming in the first-ever overtime in the Super Bowl’s 51-year history.
“Tom has had a lot of great ones. Tonight was one of them,” Belichick said, underselling the obvious.
After the game, the NFL distributed a list of new Super Bowl records that took up nearly three-quarters of a page. There were 24 in all, the majority related in one way or another to the quarterback: Yards passing (446), pass attempts (62), completions (43), MVP awards (4), career wins (5, tied with Charles Haley, but now ahead of quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana).
“He’s laser-focused, and the entire time, there wasn’t a time where we looked at Tom like he knew this thing was over,” Patriots receiver Chris Hogan said. “There wasn’t a doubt in my mind. We have one of the best quarterbacks that ever played the game.”
In capturing title No. 5, the Patriots were perfect by necessity.
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“When you fall behind by a lot in a game like this, you have to make a lot of great plays and have a lot of things go right,” offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said.
“That’s for you guys to decide,” was Belichick’s pat answer when asked if this was the sweetest of them all.
His boss wasn’t playing that game.
Robert Kraft stood on the podium, smiling away while commissioner Roger Goodell shouted into the microphone so he could be heard above the raucous boos raining down on him during the trophy presentation.
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Goodell is Public Enemy No. 1 in New England because of “Deflategate” and the four-game suspension he handed Brady to start this season.
“A lot has transpired over the last two years, and I don’t think that needs any explanation,” Kraft said. “But I want to say to our fans, our brilliant coaching staff, our amazing players, who are so spectacular: This is unequivocally the sweetest.”
You can see highlights from the big game here.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.