The New England Patriots are accustomed to not scoring in the first quarter of Super Bowls. They haven’t done so in their last seven trips to the big game, but Sunday’s slow start against the Falcons may be too much to overcome.
The Patriots fell behind 14-0 in the second quarter. That may seem like a large deficit for a normal game, and it’s even bigger in the Super Bowl. Why? Because the largest comeback in Super Bowl history is 10 points.
The last time that happened was in Super Bowl XLIX, when the Patriots came back to beat the Seattle Seahawks.
New England went into the locker room at halftime down 21-3 after it settled for a field goal with a few seconds left in the second quarter. Teams holding an 18-point lead at halftime in the postseason are 67-2.
So, if the Patriots are going to complete this comeback, they’re going to make history in the process.