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Game Notes: Patriots complete biggest comeback in Super Bowl history

TEAM NOTES 

PATRIOTS PLAY IN NFL-RECORD NINTH SUPER BOWL OVERALL; EIGHTH OF THE KRAFT ERA
New England played in its ninth Super Bowl in franchise history, a total that is the most in the NFL. The Patriots' appearance in Super Bowl LI is the eighth Super Bowl appearance since Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994, a total that is the most in the league over that span (Pittsburgh and Denver have four appearances). Kraft is the first owner in NFL history to have his team in eight Super Bowls.

ALL-TIME SUPER BOWL BERTHS
9    New England
8    Dallas
8    Pittsburgh
8    Denver
6     San Francisco 

*PATRIOTS WIN THEIR FIFTH SUPER BOWL; ONE OF THREE TIMES WITH 5 WINS *
The Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl and join Pittsburgh (6), Dallas (5) and San Francisco (5) as the only teams with at least five Super Bowl wins. 

Teams        Super Bowl Wins
Pittsburgh    6
New England    5
Dallas        5
San Francisco     5 

COMBINATION OF KRAFT-BELICHICK AND BRADY LEADS TO SUCCESS
The New England Patriots are the first team in NFL history to win five Super Bowls with the same owner, (Robert Kraft), head coach (Bill Belichick) and quarterback (Tom Brady). The 1970's Pittsburgh Steelers won four Super Bowls with the same combination. 

KRAFT'S EIGHT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE MOST OF ANY NFL OWNER IN SUPER BOWL ERA
The 2016 AFC Championship is the eighth conference championship for Robert Kraft as Patriots owner, more than any other owner in NFL history in the Super Bowl Era (since 1966). 

Team photographer, Keith Nordstrom, offers his best photos presented by CarMax from the Patriots Super Bowl LI win over the Falcons on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

SUPER BOWL 51 IS THE PATRIOTS 51ST POSTSEASON GAME
The Patriots played in their 51st playoff game in Super Bowl LI. They are one of five teams to play in at least 50 postseason games. 

MOST POSTSEASON GAMES PLAYEDTeam    Postseason Games Played 
Dallas        61
Pittsburgh    60
Green Bay    56
New England    51
San Francisco    50

PATRIOTS ALL-TIME IN PLAYOFF GAMES;
The Patriots have compiled a 32-19 record in their 51 playoff games and their .627 playoff winning percentage is second in NFL history among teams that have played at least 15 playoff games. They are the fifth NFL team to reach at least 30 postseason wins. 

Most Playoff wins in NFL HistoryTeam        Playoff Wins
Pittsburgh    36
Dallas        34
Green Bay    34
New England    32
San Francisco    30
Oakland        25
New York Giants    24

PATRIOTS COMPLETE BIGGEST COMEBACK IN TEAM HISTORY
The Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to beat Atlanta, 34-28, in overtime in Super Bowl LI. The Patriots trailed 28-3 with 8:36 to play in the third quarter before scoring 31 points on five of their final six offensive drives to claim the win. The previous best comeback was when the Patriots tailed 24-0 vs. Denver on Nov. 13, 2013, before rallying for a 34-31 overtime win. 

PATRIOTS COMPLETE BIGGEST COMEBACK WIN IN SUPER BOWL HISTORY
The Patriots 25-point comeback is the largest ever in a Super Bowl. Prior to the Patriots win, the largest comeback was from 10 points, three different times. In Super Bowl XLIX, New England overcame a 24-14 deficit for a 28-24 win over Seattle. In Super Bowl XLIV, New Orleans overcame a 10-0 deficit for a 31-17 win over Indianapolis. In Super Bowl XXII, Washington overcame a 10-0 deficit for a 42-10 win over Denver. 

THE 25-POINT COMEBACK IS THE THIRD LARGEST IN NFL POSTSEASON HISTORYThe Patriots' 25-point comeback is the third largest in NFL postseason history. 
32 – Buffalo vs. Houston, Jan. 3, 1993 (overcame a 35-3 deficit)
28 – Indianapolis vs. Kansas City, Jan. 4, 2014 (overcame a 38-10 deficit) 
25 – New England vs. Atlanta, Feb. 5, 2017 (overcame a 28-3 deficit)

THE PATRIOTS SET SIX TEAM RECORDS IN SUPER BOWL LI The Patriots set six team records in Super Bowl LI:
Most First Downs – 37 (old record – 31 by San Francisco in Super Bowl XIX)
Most First Downs Passing – 26 old record – 21 by New England in Super Bowl XLIX)
Most Offensive Plays – 93 
Most pass attempts – 63 (old record – 59 by Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVI)
Most pass completions – 43 (old record – 37 by New England in Super Bowl XLIX)
Most passing yards – 442 (old record – 407 by St. Louis in Super Bowl XXXIV) 

INDIVIDUAL NOTES  

*BELICHICK IS THE FIRST COACH TO WIN FIVE SUPER BOWLS *
Bill Belichick won his fifth Super Bowl in 2016 to give him the most Super Bowl wins by any head coach in NFL history. 

BELICHICK IS ONE OF FOUR NFL COACHES ALL-TIME WITH FIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Bill Belichick is one of four NFL head coaches to win at least five championships since the league began postseason play in 1933, but the only one to win five Super Bowls. Belichick joined an exclusive club in which each of the other three members has been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

HEAD COACHES WITH FIVE OR MORE NFL TITLES (Listed alphabetically)HEAD COACH    CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM(S)
Bill Belichick    5- Patriots (SB XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX. LI)
George Halas    6- Chicago Bears (1921, 33, 40, 41, 46, 63)
Curly Lambeau    6 - Green Bay Packers (1929, 30, 31, 36, 39, 44)
Vince Lombardi    5- Green Bay Packers (1961, 62, 65, SB I, II)

BELICHICK COACHED IN HIS 10TH SUPER BOWL OVERALL
Super Bowl LI was the 10th Super Bowl that Belichick coached in overall, the most among any head coach or assistant coach in NFL history. 

MOST SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES AS A HEAD COACH OR ASSISTANTHead Coach        Super Bowls    
Bill Belichick        10 (seven as a head coach)
Dan Reeves        7 (four as a head coach)
Don Shula        6 (six as a head coach)
Tom Landry        5 (five as a head coach)
Chuck Knoll        5 (four as a head coach)
Marv Levy        5 (four as a head coach)

SUPER BOWL LI WAS BELICHICK'S 36TH POSTSEASON GAME; TIED LANDRY AND SHULA FOR THE MOST POSTSEASON GAMES
Bill Belichick coached in his 36th postseason game as a head coach in Super Bowl LI to tie Tom Landry and Don Shula for the most postseason games as a head coach.

MOST POSTSEASON GAMES AS A HEAD COACHHead Coach    GAMES
Bill Belichick (Cleveland/New England)    36
Tom Landry (Dallas)    36
Don Shula (Baltimore/Miami)    36
Chuck Noll (Pittsburgh)    24
Mike Holmgren (Green Bay/Seattle)    24
Joe Gibbs (Washington)    24

BRADY HAS PLAYED IN THE MOST SUPER BOWLS IN NFL HISTORY
Super Bowl LI is the seventh Super Bowl of Tom Brady's career, giving him the most by any NFL player. He was tied with DL Mike Lodish with six Super Bowls. Lodish played in six (four with Buffalo and two with Denver).

BRADY MATCHES DL CHARLES HALEY'S FIVE SUPER BOWL WINS
Brady joined Hall of Fame DL Charles Haley as the only NFL players to play on five Super Bowl winning teams. Haley won two with San Francisco and three with Dallas. Bart Starr is the only other NFL quarterback with five NFL championships (three NFL Championships and two Super Bowls). 

BRADY SET THREE RECORDS IN SUPER BOWL LI
Brady set three Super Bowl records against Atlanta in Super Bowl LI: Most passes in a game (62), Most completions (43) and most passing yards (466). The old record for passes in a game was Jim Kelly (58) in Super Bowl XXVI. The old record for completions was 37 by Brady in Super Bowl XLIX and the old record for passing yards was 414 by Kurt warner in Super Bowl XXXIV.

BRADY HAS SECOND 400-YARD GAME IN SUPER BOWL HISTORY
Brady threw for 466 yards in Super Bowl LI and became the second player to have a 400-yard game in the Super Bowl. Kurt Warner had 414 yards passing in Super Bowl XXXIV.

BRADY IN THE SUPER BOWL
Brady is the all-time leader in Super Bowl passing yards (2,071), completions (207), touchdowns (15) and pass attempts (309). He has also started and played in the most games in Super Bowl history with seven.

BRADY HAS THE MOST SUPER BOWL WINS OF ANY QUARTERBACK
With the win in Super Bowl LI and another MVP Award, Brady now has the most Super Bowl wins as a quarterback and most Super Bowl MVP awards.

BRADY EXTENDS NFL RECORD FOR MOST MULTI-TD GAMES IN POSTSEASON
Brady threw two touchdowns against Atlanta to extend his NFL record for the most multi-TD passes in the playoffs with 20. 

MOST MULTI-TD PASSING GAMES IN THE PLAYOFFS – NFL HISTORY
Tom Brady        20
Brett Favre        15
Joe Montana         14
Aaron Rodgers        12
Terry Bradshaw    10
Dan Marino        10
Peyton Manning    10

BRADY HAS 12TH CAREER 300-YARD PASSING GAME IN THE PLAYOFFS; SETS NEW PARIOTS POSTSEASON HIGH
Tom Brady threw for 466 yards against Atlanta in Super Bowl LI to set a team postseason mark. The previous record was his 384 yards vs. Pittsburgh on Jan. 22, 2017 in the AFC Championship Game. Brady now has 12 300-yard games in the postseason, the most in NFL history.

BRADY RALLIED TEAM FROM 21-0 TO A WIN FOR FOURTH TIME OVERALL
Tom Brady rallied the Patriots from a 21-0 deficit and a 28-3 deficit to a 34-28 overtime victory. It marks the fourth time overall that Brady has led the Patriots to a win after a 21-point deficit. 
Brady's 21-point comebacks
02/05/17 vs. Atlanta – 25 point deficit – 21-0 to a 34-28 win 
11/24/13 vs. Denver – 24 point deficit – 24-0 to a 34-31 win
01/01/12 vs. Buffalo – 21 point deficit – 21-0 to a 49-21 win
11/10/02 at Chicago – 21 point deficit – 27-6 to a 33-30 win 

WINNINGEST COACH AND QB TANDEM IN THE POSTSEASON
Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are the winningest coach and quarterback tandem in the postseason. Belichick and Brady have the most Super Bowl appearances (7) and Super Bowl wins (5). Their five championships match the combination of Vince Lombardi and Bart Starr, who also won five championships (two Super Bowls and three NFL Championships). 

Quarterback/Head Coach        Postseason wins
Bill Belichick/Tom Brady        25
Chuck Noll/Terry Bradshaw        14
Tom Landry/Roger Staubach        11

JULIAN EDELMAN MOVES INTO THE TOP 10 ALL-TIME IN POSTSEASON RECEPTIONS
WR Julian Edelman had five receptions for 87 yards in Super Bowl LI to add to his all-time Patriots records for most receiving yards and receptions. He is now third all-time in receptions with 89. He is the 14th player to reach 1,000 postseason receiving yards. He is 13th all-time in postseason yards. 

Most Postseason receiving yards in Patriots History
1,024 Julian Edelman
852 Deion Branch
754 Rob Gronkowski
694 Troy Brown
686 Wes Welker
412 Kevin Faulk

Most Postseason Receptions in Patriots History
89 Julian Edelman
69 Wes Welker
58 Troy Brown 
56 Dion Branch
52 Rob Gronkowski

Most Postseason Receptions/NFL History
1. Jerry Rice    151
2. Reggie Wayne    93
3. Julian Edelman    89
4t. Hines Ward    88
4t. Wes Welker    88
6. Michael Irvin    87
7. Andre Reed    85
8. Thurman Thomas    76
9. Cliff Branch    73
10t. Fred Belinikoff    70
10t. Anquan Boldin    70

GOSTKOWSKI BECOMES FOURTH WITH 30 POSTSEASON FIELD GOALS
K Stephen Gostkowski kicked field goals of 41 and 33 yards in Super Bowl LI and now has 31 career postseason field goals. He is ranked fourth all-time in postseason field goals and is one of four NFL players with 30 postseason field goals. 

MOST FIELD GOALS MADE IN NFL POSTSEASON HISTORY
56    Adam Vinatieri
39    David Akers
32    Gary Anderson
31     Stephen Gostkowski
26    Mason Crosby 
25    Matt Stover

RB JAMES WHITE SETS SUPER BOWL RECORD FOR MOST RECEPTIONS
RB James White set a Super Bowl record for most receptions in a game after finishing with 14 receptions for 110 yards. The previous high was 13 receptions by WR Demaryius Thomas of Denver in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Most Receptions in a Super Bowl/Game
14 James White – Super Bowl LI
13 Demaryius Thomas – Super Bowl XLVIII
11 Dan Ross – Super Bowl XVI
11 Jerry Rice – Super Bowl XXIII
11 Deion Branch – Super Bowl XXXIX
11 Wes Welker – Super Bowl XLII
11 Shane Vereen – Super Bowl XLIX 

RB JAMES WHITE SETS SUPER BOWL RECORD WITH 20 POINTS
RB James White set a Super Bowl record by scoring 20 points after scoring on two touchdown receptions, one rushing touchdown and one two-point conversion. 

Most Points Scored in a Super Bowl/Game
20 James White – Super Bowl LI 
18 Roger Craig – Super Bowl XIX
18 Jerry Rice – Super Bowl XXIV
18 Ricky Watters – Super Bowl XXIX
18 Terrell Davis – Super Bowl XXXII

WHITE HAD SECOND CAREER 100-YARD REC. GAME AND SECOND 10-PLUS CATCH GAME
White finished with 110 yards receiving for his second 100-yard receiving game of his career. He had 115 yards receiving vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 6, 2015. White had 14 receptions for his second 10-plus catch game. He had 10 receptions vs. Philadelphia on Dec. 6, 2015. 

CHRIS AND HOWIE LONG BECOME FOURTH FATHER-SON COMBO TO WIN SUPER BOWLS
Chris Long and his father Howie Long (Los Angeles Raiders – Super Bowl XVIII) become the fourth father-and-son combination to win a Super Bowl.

Father and Son Super Bowl Champions
Craig Colquitee (Pittsburgh, Super Bowl XIII and XIV) and son Britton Colquitt (Den., Super Bowl 50)
Steve DeOssie (Giants, Super Bowl XXV) and son Zak DeOssie (Giants, Super Bowl XLII and XLVI)
Emory Moorehead (Chicago, Super Bowl XX) and son Aaron Moorhead (Ind.,Super Bowl XLI)

LINEUP NOTES  

25 PATRIOTS PLAYED IN THEIR FIRST SUPER BOWL
David Andrews
Martellus Bennett
Malcom Brown 
Joe Cardona 
Trey Flowers
Geneo Grissom
Chris Hogan
Jonathan Jones
Ted Karras
Brandon King
Matt Lengel
Dion Lewis
Chris Long
Shaq Mason
Shea McClellin
Barkevious Mingo
Malcolm Mitchell
Jordan Richards
Elandon Roberts
Eric Rowe
Jabaal Sheard
Joe Thuney
Vincent Valentine
Kyle Van Noy
James White

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