Ryan Mayer

The first quarter of Super Bowl LI between the Patriots and the Falcons was a clinic put on by the two defenses. Neither offense was able to sustain a drive, leading to the teams trading punts. Late in the first quarter, however, the Patriots started to get something going.

As the second quarter opened, it looked like the Pats were on their way to scoring first with the ball at the Falcons 33-yard line. A simple hand off to running back LeGarrette Blount seemed to continue that momentum towards the goal line, but Falcons rookie Deion Jones had other ideas, ripping the football out just before Blount hit the ground.

That turnover was a rare one for the Patriots as they had just 11 all season.


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