After the New England Patriots’ stunning comeback to win Super Bowl 51, some Atlanta Falcons fans are questioning whether the game-clinching touchdown should have stood (video below).
James White crossed the goal line in overtime to give the Patriots a 34-28 win.
But Falcons Wire noted a slow motion replay which appeared to show White’s knee on the turf before the ball crossed the line. The report did acknowledge that the evidence was inconclusive.
As soon as the officials signaled for a touchdown, confetti fell from the ceiling and the celebrations of the Patriots’ victory began. No replay was reviewed.
The score was the culmination of a comeback by the Patriots, who trailed 28-3 late into the third quarter. In the process, New England broke a number of Super Bowl records, including 37 first downs on offense. Quarterback Tom Brady threw for a record 446 yards.
White also broke the record for most points by an individual player, securing 20, Rolling Stone reported.
The comeback was even more remarkable due to the mistakes New England made. Stephen Gostkowski missed an extra point following the Patriots’ first touchdown, meaning they later had to convert two two-point conversions in order to draw level with the Falcons and force overtime.
The Patriots have made it to seven of the last 15 Super Bowls and they have all been close. They defeated the St. Louis Rams and Carolina Panthers with last-second field goals, and a late touchdown and goal-line interception saw off the Seattle Seahawks.
It is tradition for the victorious team to visit the White House, but some Patriots have already indicated their intention not to do so. Tight end Martellus Bennett said after the game he would sit out the trip, while defensive back Devin McCourty told Time on Feb. 6 he would also not attend.
“Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t,” McCourty wrote in a text message to Time.
Time suggested that McCourty and Bennett’s absence could prove controversial because of the close ties President Trump has to Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and Brady.
Sources: Falcons Wire, Rolling Stone, Time / Photo credit: Jeffrey Beall/Wikimedia Commons