COLUMN: Patriots pull off incredible win in Super Bowl LI

Victoria Flores, Sports Reporter

So here’s what I started writing last week before the Super Bowl game:

“The Atlanta Falcons are going to win the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. They are the best offense in the NFL, averaging 33 points each game this season.

The Falcons have two excellent players in wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Tevin Coleman. Coleman is known for his ability to catch, as well as for his sprinting ability.

Head coach Dan Quinn makes risky calls when it comes to a close game. When the Falcons were playing the New Orleans Saints, the Falcons went for the end zone six times after the touchdown. Quinn trusts his team to pull off his calls.”

That was then. This is now.

Then, I was 99 percent certain the Falcons would win, as were most of us watching as they cruised to a 21-3 lead in the third quarter.

Now, we’re talking about the first game in Super Bowl history to go into overtime.

The Patriots came alive during the fourth, with quarterback Tom Brady tying up the game with a 91-yard drive at the end of the quarter.

The Patriots won the coin toss, which gave them the ball. Running back James White rushed the ball in the one-yard line, cinching the Patriots’ fifth Super Bowl win with a 38-34 victory over the Falcons.

It seemed like a miracle, but it was more a mix of incredible talent and a little bit of luck. Brady, deservedly, has been called the greatest quarterback of all time after the game (in which he also won MVP). Julian Edelman proved his mettle as a wide receiver by making a gravity-defying, history-making (if very lucky) catch. Patriots coach Bill Belichick distinguished himself as an all-time great by trusting his players and making some risky calls.

As a Cowboys fan, I didn’t care who won. As a football fan, there’s no denying Super Bowl LI was a great game.