New England Patriots Case Study

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It was football season! The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons were set to showdown against each other in Super Bowl 51 (LI) on Sunday, February 5, 2017. It was a hyped up game, as the MVP (Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons) and his high-powered offense were set to take on the New England Patriots with their former MVP (Tom Brady) and his high-powered defense. The head coaches for the game were Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots and Dan Quinn of the Atlanta Falcons. The owners of each team (New England’s was Robert Kraft and Atlanta’s was Arthur Blank) were both hopeful for their teams to win in the Super Bowl. The Patriots were looking for their fifth Super Bowl win, while the Falcons were looking to get the first Vince Lombardi trophy after making their last appearance in 1966.

The game
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The first quarter ended up to have a back and forth game, but no one scored by the end of the first quarter. The second quarter is when things got much more interesting. The momentum went to Atlanta’s side when Blount had a fumble that was recovered by the Falcons. The Falcons then went on to score 21 straight points until the Patriots could answer back with just a field goal. The score ended up being 3 (NE) – 21 (ATL) at the half. Fun Fact: No team in Super Bowl history has come back from even a 2 touchdown lead. The third quarter exposed the largest lead of the game when Atlanta scored a touchdown. The score was 3-28 after the TD, so New England was down 25 points. NE scores a TD before the end of the quarter, however, Gostkowski missed the extra point, so the score was 9-28. The fourth quarter was basically all Patriots. The Patriots scored a FG to make 2 touchdowns with 2 two-point conversions need to tie. Then the Patriots get one of those after a 3-and-out
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