USA TODAY Sports’ Lorenzo Reyes looks ahead to 2017 and what the New England Patriots must do in the offseason if they’re going to have a chance for another Super Bowl title.
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OVERTIME: Patriots 34, Falcons 28
Fun fact: Tom Brady, with a Super Bowl record 466 passing yards, becomes the first quarterback to win the game five times. He’s also the first four-time Super Bowl MVP, breaking another tie with his boyhood hero, Joe Montana. New England’s Bill Belichick is the first head coach with five Super Sunday victories.
Fun fact: Patriots RB James White caught 14 passes (for 110 yards), a Super Bowl record that broke Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas’ three-year-old mark (13). White also established a new mark for Super Bowl catches by a running back, breaking former Patriot Shane Vereen’s record from two years ago (11).
Not-so-fun fact: The Falcons’ implosion after leading by 25 points means Atlanta is still stuck on one championship in the four major pro sports (1995 Braves) in 170 combine seasons among NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL teams.
PATRIOTS’ 13TH DRIVE (TOUCHDOWN): Taking advantage of what looked like an expended Atlanta defense, Tom Brady marched New England down the field on the opening possession of the Super Bowl’s first-ever overtime, completing five of six passes for 50 yards and getting help with a pass interference flag against TE Martellus Bennett near the Atlanta goal line. James White capped the…
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