Best of Super Bowl LI: Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots

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After two weeks of seemingly endless hype, Super Bowl 51 between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons is finally here.

<p>New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) is brought down by New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) in the first quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports </p>
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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) is brought down by New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) in the first quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

<p>Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons makes a catch over Eric Rowe #25 of the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) </p>
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Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons makes a catch over Eric Rowe #25 of the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

<p>Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots makes a 23 yard catch in the fourth quarter against Ricardo Allen #37, Robert Alford #23 and Keanu Neal #22 of the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) </p>
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Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots makes a 23 yard catch in the fourth quarter against Ricardo Allen #37, Robert Alford #23 and Keanu Neal #22 of the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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<p>Taylor Gabriel #18 of the Atlanta Falcons makes a catch during the third quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) </p>
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Taylor Gabriel #18 of the Atlanta Falcons makes a catch during the third quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

<p>Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Atlanta Falcons avoids a tackle by Logan Ryan #26 of the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) </p>
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Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Atlanta Falcons avoids a tackle by Logan Ryan #26 of the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

<p>New England Patriots middle linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54) hits Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) who fumbles the ball in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports </p>
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New England Patriots middle linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54) hits Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) who fumbles the ball in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

<p>New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (19) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins (32) in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports </p>
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New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (19) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins (32) in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

<p>Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (97) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports </p>
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Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett (97) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

<p>New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (19) runs the ball against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) during the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports </p>
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New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (19) runs the ball against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) during the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

<p>New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) reaches for a pass against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brian Poole (34) during the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports </p>
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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) reaches for a pass against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brian Poole (34) during the fourth quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

<p>Austin Hooper #81 of the Atlanta Falcons has a pass broken up by Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) </p>
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Austin Hooper #81 of the Atlanta Falcons has a pass broken up by Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

<p>Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots breaks up a pass intended for Austin Hooper #81 of the Atlanta Falcons in the first half during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) </p>
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Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots breaks up a pass intended for Austin Hooper #81 of the Atlanta Falcons in the first half during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

<p>Dion Lewis #33 of the New England Patriots attempts to make a catch against C.J. Goodwin #29 of the Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) </p>
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Dion Lewis #33 of the New England Patriots attempts to make a catch against C.J. Goodwin #29 of the Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

<p>C.J. Goodwin #29 of the Atlanta Falcons breaks up a pass intended for Dion Lewis #33 of the New England Patriots in the third quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) </p>
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C.J. Goodwin #29 of the Atlanta Falcons breaks up a pass intended for Dion Lewis #33 of the New England Patriots in the third quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

<p>Atlanta Falcons’ Devonta Freeman runs against New England Patriots’ Dont’a Hightower during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) </p>
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Atlanta Falcons’ Devonta Freeman runs against New England Patriots’ Dont’a Hightower during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

<p>Atlanta Falcons’ Austin Hooper eyes a touchdown pass as New England Patriots’ Patrick Chung attempts to tackle, during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) </p>
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Atlanta Falcons’ Austin Hooper eyes a touchdown pass as New England Patriots’ Patrick Chung attempts to tackle, during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

<p>New England Patriots’ Patrick Chung breaks up a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons’ Austin Hooper during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) </p>
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New England Patriots’ Patrick Chung breaks up a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons’ Austin Hooper during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

<p>Shea McClellin #58 of the New England Patriots attempts to block a point after try in the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The play resulted in a 5-yard penalty against the New England Patriots for an illegal formation. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) </p>
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Shea McClellin #58 of the New England Patriots attempts to block a point after try in the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The play resulted in a 5-yard penalty against the New England Patriots for an illegal formation. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

<p>Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush on the field ahead of the start of Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston </p>
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Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush on the field ahead of the start of Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons in Houston

<p>President George H.W. Bush flips the coin with wife Barbara Bush during Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) </p>
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President George H.W. Bush flips the coin with wife Barbara Bush during Super Bowl 51 between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

<p>Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is sacked by Grady Jarrett #97 of the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) </p>
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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is sacked by Grady Jarrett #97 of the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

<p>New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs the ball against Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Vic Beasley (44) during the first quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports </p>
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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs the ball against Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Vic Beasley (44) during the first quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

<p>Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) gets away from New England Patriots free safety Duron Harmon (30) and outside linebacker Rob Ninkovich (50) in the first quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports </p>
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Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) gets away from New England Patriots free safety Duron Harmon (30) and outside linebacker Rob Ninkovich (50) in the first quarter during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

<p>C.J. Goodwin #29 of the Atlanta Falcons breaks up a pass intended for Malcolm Mitchell #19 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) </p>
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C.J. Goodwin #29 of the Atlanta Falcons breaks up a pass intended for Malcolm Mitchell #19 of the New England Patriots in the second quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

<p>Atlanta Falcons cornerback C.J. Goodwin (29) knocks away a pass intended for New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (19) during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports </p>
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Atlanta Falcons cornerback C.J. Goodwin (29) knocks away a pass intended for New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (19) during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

<p>Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons runs for a 5-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) </p>
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Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons runs for a 5-yard touchdown in the second quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

<p>Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots makes a catch during the second quarter of Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) </p>
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Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots makes a catch during the second quarter of Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

<p>Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons scores a touchdown on a 5 yard run against the New England Patriots in the second quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) </p>
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Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons scores a touchdown on a 5 yard run against the New England Patriots in the second quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

<p>Patrick DiMarco #42 of the Atlanta Falcons is tackled by Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots in the first quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) </p>
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Patrick DiMarco #42 of the Atlanta Falcons is tackled by Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots in the first quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

<p>New England Patriots’ James White, right, catches a pass under pressure by Atlanta Falcons’ Deion Jones during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) </p>
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New England Patriots’ James White, right, catches a pass under pressure by Atlanta Falcons’ Deion Jones during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

<p>New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman is tackled by Atlanta Falcons’ Robert Alford during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) </p>
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New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman is tackled by Atlanta Falcons’ Robert Alford during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

<p>Robert Alford #23 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after a fumble in the second quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) </p>
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Robert Alford #23 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after a fumble in the second quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

<p>Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons hands the ball off during the first quarter of Super Bowl 51 against the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) </p>
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Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons hands the ball off during the first quarter of Super Bowl 51 against the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

<p>New England Patriots players huddle during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Tim Donnelly) </p>
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New England Patriots players huddle during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Tim Donnelly)

<p>Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks to throw a pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) </p>
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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks to throw a pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

<p>James White #28 of the New England Patriots makes a catch over Deion Jones #45 of the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) </p>
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James White #28 of the New England Patriots makes a catch over Deion Jones #45 of the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

<p>Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan hands off to Devonta Freeman before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Tim Donnelly) </p>
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Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan hands off to Devonta Freeman before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Tim Donnelly)

<p>Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons runs the ball against Rob Ninkovich #50 of the New England Patriots in the first quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) </p>
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Devonta Freeman #24 of the Atlanta Falcons runs the ball against Rob Ninkovich #50 of the New England Patriots in the first quarter during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

<p>New England Patriots’ Tom Brady runs on to the field before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) </p>
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New England Patriots’ Tom Brady runs on to the field before the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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