NFL Superbowl makes history and cherished memories, comeback Patriots win
by Cheryl Piccio, ABS-CBN News
HOUSTON, TX — It’s being called the greatest comeback in Superbowl history. The New England Patriots were down 25 points in the third quarter.
No team that ever trailed by more than 10 points in a Super Bowl game had ever come back to win.
But with less than three minutes left, and with his team trailing 28-20 — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led an epic 91-yard touchdown drive to force the game into the first overtime in the history of the Superbowl, defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34 to 28.
“[It was] the greatest comeback in NFL history. I was there. I saw it,” said Patriots fan Ron Santo. “The Patriots killed that man. We thought it was over, but they just came back and took it all.”
But not everyone on Superbowl Sunday was in Houston for the biggest American sporting event.
“I watch the super bowl because of the commercials and the half-time show,” said Filipino fan Maureen Dela Cruz. “I love Lady Gaga!”
Music star Lady Gaga delivered a monstrous performance during the Superbowl half-time show, which is being hailed as a technological wonder.
The show contained over 300 lighted flying drones, followed by Gaga dropping from the open roof of the stadium using steel cables.
Prior to the action-packed game, Pinoy football fans in Houston got to take part in the NFL Experience –an interactive theme park located at the George R Brown convention center.
Thousands of fans have visited the NFL Experience over the past week to take part in the excitement surrounding Superbowl 51. The event and festivities aim to bring fans and fanatics together, and lets them get closer to the game than they have ever been before.
“We wanted to enjoy the festivities,” said Teresita and Ting Rodriguez, football fans. “We know there is a lot going on over here, and my son also lives here, so that’s also why we wanted to come.”
For Pinoy football fans, Superbowl Sundays are also a time to get together with family and friends.
“We’re so excited because Houston is hosting the big game,” said Ria Tatlonghari. “And we get to spend time with our family and our friends. It’s great food…and joy into this company.”
In the 50 years since the first Superbowl, the game become one of the biggest shared experiences in American culture — celebrating an exciting night in sports, and the greatest times among its fans.