With Super Bowl LI officially in the history books, the game will be remembered for not only solidifying the legacy of the New England Patriots' four-time Super Bowl MVP Award-winning quarterback Tom Brady but also for the crazy and unexpected things that occurred on and off the gridiron.
Historic comeback and first overtime in Super Bowl history
After a scoreless first quarter, the Atlanta Falcons jumped out to a 21-0 lead toward the end of the second quarter and extended the lead to 28-3 in the middle of the third quarter after a Matt Ryan touchdown pass to running back Tevin Coleman.
Being down by at least three scores with just over eight minutes remaining in the third quarter, things really began to look bleak for the Patriots' hope of bringing a fifth Vince Lombardi Trophy to Foxborough.
But after a touchdown run by running back James White with two minutes left in the third quarter and a 33-yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal with under 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Patriots cut the deficit just 16 points (two touchdowns and two, two-point conversions).
Brady and the Patriots managed score two more touchdowns and complete the needed two, two-point conversions to tie the game with 57 seconds left in regulation and forced the first overtime in Super Bowl history.
In overtime, the Patriots won the coin toss and chose to receive, giving them the sudden-death advantage should they score a touchdown, which is exactly what they did.
After beginning the drive on the 25-yard line, Brady led an 8-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off with a 1-yard White touchdown run to give the Patriots the 34-28 victory.
Prior to the Patriots victory, no team had even won the Super Bowl after trailing by more than 10 points, meaning that the Patriots' 25-point comeback was the largest comeback in Super Bowl history.
Julian Edelman's crazy catch
With the Patriots down by eight points with 2:28 left in the fourth quarter and the ball on their own 36-yard line, Brady attempted to throw a pass to his leading receiver Julian Edelman.
Edelman was running a streak route up the middle of the field and Brady's pass was deflected upward into the air by Falcons cornerback Robert Alford.
With the ball having been batted up in the air, four players — three Falcons and Edelman — flocked to the ball to try and make the catch. Although Edelman was outnumbered in the situation, he was able to maintain focus to corral the football as the it bounced off a defender's leg. Additionally, Edelman maintained focus to re-corral the ball after it jiggled loose in the air when he hit the ground. Edelman was able to snag the loose ball and hold on to it for a completed 23-yard reception that put the Patriots in Falcons' territory.
"If we didn't have [the catch], we wouldn't be where we are," Patriots tackle Nate Solder said after the game. "That was a crazy catch by Edelman. In real time you couldn't even tell what happened, but when you saw the replay, it was unbelievable. It kind of rolled our way today."
Stain on Terry Bradshaw's shirt
Many viewers of the Super Bowl were quick to notice that there was a glaringly obvious red stain on the shirt of FOX NFL commentator and Pro Football Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw when he and colleague Curt Menefee were doing an on-air promo for the Super Bowl halftime performance starring Lady Gaga.
Fans and critics on social media were quick to comment on the stain and the trending hashtag #BradhawStain was quickly launched on Twitter. Fans wondered what the stain was from and if Bradshaw and his producers somehow missed the stain on his shirt.
However, it quickly became obvious as to why the stain was on his shirt after Bradshaw and his stained shirt appeared in a Super Bowl commercial advertising Tide laundry detergent.
The trending hashtag on Twitter even played right into the commercial's plot, as the commercial shows Bradshaw rushing off set to change to fix the stain and being told that his stain is "trending."
In the commercial, Bradshaw raced out of the stadium in a golf cart. After taking off on the highway, Bradshaw crashes onto a man's yard. The man lets Bradshaw come inside and wash his shirt and pants using Tide.
To answer the biggest question people had about the stain, the commercial explains that the stain came from "barbecue sauce."
Roger Goodell got booed
Many wondered during the buildup to Super Bowl LI what kind of interaction would occur between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Patriots players and fans should he be forced to hand the Lombardi Trophy to the Patriots as victors of the NFL's biggest game.
Goodell and the Patriots are not on the best of terms after Goodell suspended Brady for four games, fined the Patriots $1 million and forced the team to forfeit draft picks because of the highly publicized Deflategate controversy in which Brady and the Patriots were accused of intentionally deflating their footballs slightly below the league's required pounds per square inch prior to the the American Football Conference championship game in January 2015.
Many felt that Goodell issued a very harsh punishment for what amounted to be nothing more than an equipment violation that would otherwise warrant a fine.
As Goodell took the stage to address the crowd and hand over the Lombardi Trophy to Patriots' owner Robert Kraft, he received a steady chorus of boos from the Patriots' faithful and other fans who dislike how he manages the NFL. The booes immediately turned to cheers as soon as Goodell handed the trophy to Kraft and left the spotlight.
Former President George H.W. Bush flipped the coin
Ninety-two-year-old former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, made their first public appearances since being hospitalized last month as he tapped to oversee the pregame coin toss that determines which team gets to choose between receiving the ball first or deferring to the second half.
Bush was wheeled out to midfield in his wheelchair and was all smiles as he received a standing ovation from the crowd in Houston. Bush did his best to flip the coin and the Falcons ended up winning the toss and deferring to the second half.
Also attending the game was Vice President Mike Pence, who later took a picture with the Bushes and posted it to social media.
It's a great honor to visit with Former President @GeorgeHWBush & Barbara Bush. Their service to our nation