New England Patriots Win Super Bowl 51

IF YOU TURNED IN EARLY SUNDAY NIGHT, YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED THE DRAMATIC SUPER BOWL TWIST, WHICH BROKE RECORDS IN THE NFL – AND HEARTS IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA.
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THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS SECURED THE BIGGEST COMEBACK IN SUPER BOWL HISTORY LAST SUNDAY, BEATING THE ATLANTA FALCONS - IN OVERTIME - 34-28.
FOOTBALL FANS IN BEAN-TOWN WERE LEFT BEAMING AFTER THIS ROLLER COASTER OF A GAME, WHICH SAW THE PATRIOTS CLAW THEIR WAY BACK FROM BEING DOWN 25 POINTS IN THE 3RD QUARTER.

THE PATRIOTS BECAME SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS FOR THE FIFTH TIME…AND SUPERSTAR TOM BRADY BECAME THE FIRST QUARTERBACK TO WIN FIVE SUPER BOWL TITLES.
TOM BRADY: “IT WAS JUST A GREAT PERFORMANCE BY A GREAT TEAM AGAINST ANOTHER GREAT OPPONENT THAT I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR AND I GIVE THEM A LOT OF CREDIT CAUSE THEY GAVE US ALL WE COULD HANDLE BUT I'M JUST GLAD WE WON."

BRADY’S MOST TALKED ABOUT PASS WENT TO RECEIVER JULIAN EDELMAN, WHO PLAYED HIS COLLEGE FOOTBALL HERE IN OHIO – ONE OF TWO PLAYERS IN THE GAME WHO PLAYED HERE.
SUNDAY’S GAME WAS THE 51ST OFFICIAL SUPER BOWL. THE FIRST GAME OF THIS PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP WAS PLAYED IN 1967 BETWEEN TWO RIVAL FOOTBALL LEAGUES -- THE AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE AND THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE. THE GREEN BAY PACKERS AND COACH VINCE LOMBARDI WON THE FIRST TWO SUPER BOWLS – AND THE TROPHY AWARDED TO THE WINNER IS NOW CALLED THE VINCE LOMBARDI TROPHY.

OVER THE YEARS, TRADITIONS SURROUNDING THE GAME HAVE POPPED UP –
TODAY’S SUPER BOWL FEATURES AN ELABORATE HALFTIME PERFORMANCE AND BIG BUDGET COMMERCIALS THAT SOMETIMES GET MORE ATTENTION THAN THE GAME ITSELF! BUT ONE TRADITION THAT’S STAYED THE SAME: THE GAME BALL.


Instructional Links


Website Article: National Football League: Super Bowl LI | Official website.

Website Article: Newsela, Super-man! Brady Rallies Patriots in Unbelievable Comeback  | Leveled reading suggestion.

Video: DOGOnews, Video of the Week, Epic Football Pass by ISS Astronaut Covers 564, 664 Yards!  | May need to sign in. Includes videos, article, vocabulary quiz & questions.

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