If you joined most America on February 6, 2017 to watch the Super Bowl live on television you probably saw the first half of the game and assumed the Atlanta Falcons were taking home the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy. Over 111 million people tuned in on Sunday to watch the Falcons fight against the New England Patriots. That number changed, however, after the first half of the game was completed.
The score in the first quarter was unimpressive with both teams finishing 0-0. The Patriots were unimpressive for the first part of the game, falling far behind during the second quarter. With the quarter ending with Atlanta leading the score of 21-3, viewers assumed they had the game in the bag. Many of the viewers called it at this point and changed the channel.
The lower ratings didn’t last long though, as the Patriots made an unbelievable comeback late in the game, breaking multiple records in the process. Fans most definitely wanted to witness the historical plays, as the Patriots had less than a 1% chance of winning with them trailing so far behind.
The third quarter wasn’t much better for the Patriots, but they managed to keep the Falcon’s from progressing. The exciting excitement was mostly in the fourth quarter with the Patriots coming back from an 18-point deficit just in time to put the game into overtime. By that time, the ratings of people watching spiked back up with fans on the edge of their seats wanting to see the finale of the game.
In the end, the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons with a score of 34 -28, completing an epic game that started fizzling. The Patriots broke some records in the process, among them was Tom Brady winning his fifth Super Bowl, and pushing the game into overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history.