It seemed like Tom Brady carried a torch in hand all night long and set the Pittsburgh Steelers defense on fire. He had 384 passing yards and 3 touchdowns in a 36 to 17 New England Patriots victory over the Steelers. He will be going to the super bowl for the 7th time in his career. He is 4-2 in his career in the big stage.
In the first quarter, Brady threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Chris Hogan. Also in the same period, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, left the game with a groin injury. He finished with the game with 20 yards rushing.
In the second quarter, DeAngelo Williams scored on a 6-yard rushing touchdown. He finished with 34 yards rushing and 1 touchdown. Later in the period, Hogan caught a 34-yard touchdown pass. He finished with 9 catches for 180 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns.
After the two minute it appeared as if Jesse James scored on a 19-yard touchdown reception. However he was down on the 1-yard line. The Steelers couldn't score a touchdown afterwards and had to settle for a field goal.
In the third quarter, Tom Brady ran the football on third-and-one, but he fumbled the ball and it appeared to be recovered by the Steelers. However the refs ruled the Patriots had it. Pittsburgh decided to challenge and it was a clear fumble and recovery by the Steelers, but they said it was New England ball? It was more difficult rule really if you see the instant replay.
LeGarrette Blount scored on a 1-yard rush in the third-quarter. He finished with 47 yards rushing and 1 touchdown. Julian Edelman caught a 10-yard touchdown strike from Tom Brady. Edelman finished with 8 catches for 118 yards receiving and 1 touchdown.
With the Steelers down 36 to 9 in the fourth, Ben Roethlisberger threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Cobi Hamilton. Roethlisberger finished with 314 yards passing 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Antonio Brown finished with 7 catches for 77 yards receiving. Eli Rogers had 7 catches for 67 yards receiving.
The Patriots will face the Atlanta Falcons (11-5) in Super Bowl 51 in Houston.
Matt Ryan's 392 yards passing and 4 touchdowns lifted the Atlanta Falcons to a 44 to 21 victory over the Green Bay Packers. The Falcons are heading to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1998. The Falcons took a 7 to 0 lead early on a 2-yard touchdown reception by Mohamed Sanu. He finished with 5 catches for 52 yards receiving and 1 touchdown.
The Packers missed a key field goal early. When the Falcons led 10 to 0 with Green Bay driving in the red zone, Aaron Ripkowski fumbled and the Falcons recovered the fumble.
In the second quarter, Matt Ryan scored on a 14-yard rush. Julio Jones caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Ryan later in the period.
Early in the third quarter, Julio Jones busted a 73-yard touchdown. He finished with 9 catches for 180 yards receiving and 2 touchdowns. Packers scored their first touchdown of the day on a Davante Adams 2-yard touchdown reception thrown by Aaron Rodgers.
Atlanta responded on a 4-yard touchdown reception by Devonta Freeman. He finished with 42 yards rushing and also 4 catches for 42 yards receiving and 1 touchdown. Later in the period, Rodgers threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson. Nelson finished with 6 catches for 67 yards receiving and 1 touchdown.
Tevin Coleman scored on a 3-yard rush in the fourth-quarter for the Falcons. He finished with 29 yards rushing and 1 touchdown, along with 3 catches for 35 yards receiving. Green Bay scored one more touchdown on a 1-yard reception by Jared Cook. Cook finished with 7 catches for 78 yards receiving and 1 touchdown. Aaron Rodgers finished with 287 yards passing 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.
The Falcons will either play the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) or the New England Patriots (14-2) in Super Bowl 51 at Houston.
Kawhi Leonard's 41 points 6 rebounds and 5 assists lifted the San Antonio Spurs to a 118 to 115 victory in overtime. He scored 18 points in the fourth and overtime session. Cleveland sent it into overtime on a Lebron James 3-pointer with 34.8 seconds remaining. He had 29 points 6 rebounds and 7 assists.
San Antonio had a chance to take the lead late in regulation but didn't. The Cavaliers had a chance afterwards to win it regulation but Lebron missed a 3. With the Spurs ahead 116 to 113 late in overtime, the Cavs forced a jump ball. On the tip, Kevin Love tried to save the ball but Leonard got the ball and jammed it for two.
Kyrie Irving scored on a layup with 1.8 seconds remaining. He scored all 8 of the Cavaliers overtime points and finished with 29 on the night. The Cavs fouled LaMarcus Aldridge with 0.9 seconds remaining. He missed both foul shots despite having 16 points and 12 rebounds and Cleveland called timeout. With 0.6 remaining, Kevin Love missed a three. He struggled late in the game only scored 13 points.
He limped off the court after the game and so did Spurs guard Manu Ginobili. Dejounte Murray finished with 14 points and 6 assists for the Spurs. These teams will play each other one more time this season.