Following a scoreless first quarter in Super Bowl LI, the Atlanta Falcons' explosive offense put 14 points on the board in the span of three minutes and 25 seconds, as Devonta Freeman and Gary Hooper each found the end zone at the end of lightning-quick five-play drives.
Four-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady took over at his own 25-yard line with just under 9 minutes remaning in the half, and with the help of a few key holding penalties, drove the Patriots to just outside the Falcons' red zone. Then disaster struck.
Brady attempted to hit Danny Amendola on a short pass over the middle, but Robert Alford -- who recovered a LeGarrette Blount fumble earlier in the game -- jumped the route and stunned the Patriots with the second-longest interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl history. Tom Brady made a diving attempt at a tackle, but he was too late -- allowing Alford to stroll into the end zone and break open the Super Bowl.
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