Down 28-3 in the third quarter, Brady and the Patriots looked dead and buried.
But don't forget about the Falcons, who are in search of their first ever Super Bowl and their city's second ever championship.
Atlanta became only the 20 team in National Football League history to score 500 points in a season.
The Falcons and Patriots feature two of the top three scoring offenses in football. Conversely, how will the Falcons stop Brady?
Former Giants backup quarterback David Carr remembers a late evening spent in the Indianapolis hotel room of Eli Manning the night before Super Bowl XLVI five years ago. Teams in white have won 11 of the last 12 Super Bowls. "We all saw that today".
"His dad might not tell you, but he's going to pick [Brady] off and bring it back to the house, " Miller said, via Holder. "I can really say that these guys put team first all the way". This wasn't even particularly surprising, even in league that forces parity and makes teams very susceptible to the loss of a star player. New England had a field day against bad quarterbacks throughout the 2016 campaign, going up against guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jared Goff, Trevor Siemian, Bryce Petty, Brock Osweiler and Matt Moore.
In Super Bowls, they've beaten the Rams, Panthers, Eagles, Seahawks and now the Falcons. "We have been very transparent about what we think the violation was (and) it went through a very lengthy process".
But defense has been the Achilles heel of the Falcons this season.
People are finally taking notice and starting to appreciate the offensive talent this team has. They averaged more than 40 points in two games without Jones this year. The first face on the Mount Rushmore of National Football League coaches is now Bill Belichick.
Sunday, of course, will be the first time Dan Quinn faces Belichick.
In a game that started as a defensive struggle, the Falcons went sack-happy, getting two on the Patriots' second drive in what would be a scoreless opening quarter.
Instead of being in field goal range, a series of play calls by Shanahan led to sack of quarterback Matt Ryan, a holding penalty and an incomplete pass that put Atlanta out of range - and then out of the game. Try focusing on one Falcon, and the other five weapons they have on the offense will gash you.
Will this game come down to the last drive? Twice the Falcons allowed 32 points to Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints this season - and both times the Falcons emerged victorious.
"They have a two-headed monster in the backfield (Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman)", Oakland Raiders safety Reggie Nelson said. And Tom Brady stamped himself once more as the best of the best with a 34-28 win and his unmatched fifth title.
There's every reason to believe in the Falcons.
Goodell gave a lame, distant handshake to Brady during a commercial break in the post-game celebration, but Fox showed the uncomfortable moment after they came back on air.
About 10 feet away, quarterback Tom Brady sat before his own swarm of cameras and lights and answered his own set of questions about his season, his records, his legacy, his return to the NFL's biggest stage.
The knockout blow was not a pass, but a run, a two-yard carry around the right side by James White, who just pushed his way across the plane of the goal line on the first possession of the extra period - the first overtime game in the 51-year history of the Super Bowl, mind you.
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