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Fourth-quarter analysis: Patriots tie it with unbelievable comeback

Super Bowl LI has made history.

For the first time in 51 games, overtime is needed to determine a champion.

The New England Patriots made sure of that with one of the greatest drives of all time to tie the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday night inside NRG Stadium in Houston. Trailing 28-20, New England marched 91 yards in 10 plays to tie the game.

The highlight play came when Julian Edelman made a miraculous diving catch of a ball that was tipped by an Atlanta defender. That got New England into Atlanta territory, and the Patriots tied it when James White plowed into the end zone from 1 yard out. Tom Brady connected with Danny Amendola for the tying two-point conversion.

Going backward: Julio Jones looked like he put the Falcons into position to win the Super Bowl with an absolutely spectacular catch of a perfect throw from Matt Ryan along the right sideline. That put the ball on the Patriots' 22-yard line, but the Falcons lost a yard on their next play, then 12 more when Ryan was sacked on second down. A holding penalty against Jake Matthews pushed the Falcons back out of field-goal range, leading to a punt that gave the Patriots a possession that they cashed in for the tying touchdown.

Branch report: Former Bills defensive lineman Alan Branch made a big play for the Patriots when he recovered a fumble with 8:24 left. Branch dove on the loose ball after Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower sacked Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan on a blitz.

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