It is officially here football fans, it’s the biggest and best game of the football year: The Super Bowl. Since September last year we have been waiting for this game, waiting to see who will finish the season as the best team in the NFL and it is now down to just two. Will the Falcons knock of the Patriots for their first ever title? Or will the Patriots get title number 5? Here, Madden decides.
The game couldn’t have started much better for the Falcons. They got the ball to start and marched right down the field for a touchdown, with Matt Ryan finding Mohamed Sanu for a 6-yard touchdown. After forcing a quick three and out, the Falcons then marched straight down the field again, with this drive culminating in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Devonta Freeman. With the Patriots on the ball in their own half at the end of the first quarter, the Falcons were up 14-0 and were outgaining the Patriots a whopping 124 yards to 16.
In the second quarter the Patriots found a bit more of a groove, but they still couldn’t stop the Falcons. The Patriots opened up the quarter with a 12-yard Julian Edelman touchdown reception, only for the Falcons to find the endzone once again, this time Tevin Coleman was the guy who took Matt Ryan’s touchdown pass 14-yards to the house. The Patriots then responded with a 20-yard field goal, to which the Falcons responded with yet another touchdown. Matt Ryan this time finding Taylor Gabriel in the endzone to make it 28-10 with just seconds left in the half. The Pats weren’t done though, on the final drive of the quarter Tom Brady found Chris Hogan who took it 75 yards to the house to leave the score at 28-17 at halftime.
The 3rd quarter was not as prolific as the first two quarters but it was still very exciting. The Patriots found the endzone first thanks to an 11-yard touchdown catch by Martellus Bennett and they also successfully scored a two-point conversion to make the game 28-25. The Falcons yet again responded with a touchdown, this time it was Devonta Freeman who ran it into the endzone from just a yard out extending the Falcons lead to 10 points heading into the final 15 minutes of the 2016 NFL Season.
The Falcons opened up the quarter with a field goal after stalling in the redzone, and the Patriots capitalized on the Falcons failing to score a touchdown as Tom Brady found Martellus Bennett again for a 22-yard touchdown. However, on the ensuing Falcons possession the Patriots lost contain on Devonta Freeman who took it 63 yards for a touchdown and Tevin Coleman added the 2 point conversion attempt to leave the Patriots down by 14 with just 3 minutes left. The Patriots weren’t fazed though. They took the ball and went in for a touchdown, courtesy of Tom Brady using his legs, to make the score 46-39 Falcons with just 1:02 left on the clock. The Patriots did have all 3 timeouts so could they recover the onside kick or force a three and out to have a chance at tying the game?
No, they couldn’t. The Falcons recovered the onside kick and Tevin Coleman converted a 3rd & inches to give the Falcons a first down and a kneel down situation. Matt Ryan gratefully took that knee as Atlanta went wild celebrating their first ever Super Bowl win.
Devonta Freeman was named the MVP thanks to a ludicrous stat line. He finished the game with 38 attempts for 237 yards and 2 touchdowns along with 1 catch for 22 yards and a touchdown.
So that does it for the 2016 NFL Season. The 11-5 Atlanta Falcons have finished the season on top of the world having beaten the 14-2 New England Patriots by a score of 46-39. What a game and what a season, I know I already cannot wait for the next one.