Nate Solder: Super Bowl win was 'total disbelief'

Patriots running back James White set Super Bowl records for the most receptions (14) and most points scored (20) in New England's 34-28 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

"He's obviously having a tremendous career", Montana said of the Patriots quarterback.

"When it got to overtime, I basically untied my cleats, and watched Brady like you guys did", Logan Ryan told reporters on Super Bowl Sunday.

And while those guys were making great catches, I was on the couch at my best friend's house with two of his sons and his wife (who is also my cousin), and we were yelling at Brady and the Pats to go to the "Hurry-Up Offense" (I still don't understand that), all the while not really sure if this comeback was for real.

And the hysteria over Tom Brady reached new heights. One could make the argument that no other quarterback besides Brady would have been able to pull off what he did and I tend to agree with them.

"I think we had some things, some adverse circumstances early in the season, and some of them have continued throughout the course of the season, but I think Coach (Bill Belichick) does a great job of just getting us to focus on the day-to-day", special teams captain Matthew Slater said at the outset of the playoffs. Something seemed off about the Patriots, but as always, the feeling they would rebound lingered. Once Brady helped guide New England to the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, most people decided the debate was over and Brady had claimed the mantle of GOAT.

In an unbelievable show of what teammates mean to each other, with the excitement of his catch looming and before a potential game winning drive in overtime for the Super Bowl, Edelman said to Brady, "let's go score and win this thing baby".

Amid criticism of their inherent unfairness, the National Football League adapted its overtime procedures for the play-offs from 2010 and for the regular season from 2012 onwards, wiping out the original rule that the first team to score any kind of points wins.

With the score at 28-12 New England defensive end Alan Branch was in the defensive huddle saying, "got to get the ball out". "We kept going to him, that speaks for itself".

The Patriots' win in Super Bowl LI may be the most celebrated championship in Boston sports history. Brady was named MVP, breaking single game Super Bowl records for completions (43), passes (62) and passing yards (466).

In the fourth quarter, however, the tide of the game changed dramatically.

Mike Hacku, 31, worked his third Super Bowl last weekend. Tom and Gisele have been married for eight years and according to the player, Gisele pleaded with him nearly three times since the winning of Super Bowl LI.

Last season, after setting the National Basketball Association record for regular season wins, the Golden State Warriors climbed out of a 3-1 hole in the Western Conference Finals to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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