Super Bowl LI items now on display
2/17/17 12:00 AM
The Patriots comeback from 25 points down to win Super Bowl LI was epic and not only cemented the historic place of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft, but also the team's dynastic place in football history.
Since winning Super Bowl XXXVI to conclude the 2001 season, no franchise has been more successful than the Patriots. And after winning their fifth Super Bowl in 16 seasons, and doing so in an amazingly dramatic fashion, the Patriots remain in the midst of a run that has included seven Super Bowl berths, 13 seasons with 11 or more wins and 14 division titles.
But Super Bowl LI transcends the Patriots. It was the first overtime Super Bowl in history, and the comeback will forever live in league annals. The Hall now has game-used artifacts from Super Bowl LI on display.
The ball that running back James White carried across the goal line for the game-winning touchdown in overtime is on display as is White's game jersey. In fact, The Hall has acquired White's jersey, pants, helmet and cleats, which eventually will all be part of a Super Bowl exhibit. Currently, the game-winning ball and his jersey is available for fans to see.
White set a Super Bowl record for points scored (20) and receptions (14) during the game. He scored two rushing touchdowns on runs of two yards and one yard, scored on a 5-yard TD reception and added a two-point conversion when he took a direct snap across the goal line.
Bill Belichick's rarified air became ever rarer on Feb. 5, 2017. He already had etched his place among the game's all-time great head coaches, but he is now the only head coach in history to win five Super Bowls. He surpassed Pittsburgh's Chuck Noll, who won four. No head coach has reached or won more Super Bowls than Belichick. The headset he wore on the sideline during his fifth Super Bowl championship is now on display at The Hall.
While the Patriots set several records during the comeback win, there were key plays that made that win possible. One of those came when Dont'a Hightower came off the edge and sacked Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, forcing a fumble that Alan Branch recovered on Atlant's 25-yard line.
Five plays later, the Patriots had scored a touchdown to get within one score in their comeback effort. The ball that Ryan fumbled is on display at The Hall. The football caught and carried over the goal line for a game-tying two-point conversion by Danny Amendola is also on display.
The Hall will be renovating its Super Bowl Experience gallery over the coming months to provide fans with a complete look back at Super Bowl LI and the amazing plays that went into scoring 31 straight points to overcome a seemingly insurmountable 28-3 deficit for a 34-28 win.
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