Never count out Tom Brady in a big-game situation. Even if his team trails by 25 in the third quarter. Even if his team is facing a 19-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Brady proved Sunday night in Houston that he is the greatest of all time, leading a historic comeback, en route to the first overtime game in Super Bowl history. James White then scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime for a 34-28 Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons. The win gives Brady five titles in seven appearances, the most all-time, as he also set a Super Bowl record with 466 passing yards. He finished 43 of 62 with two touchdowns, as his team scored 19 points in the fourth to tie the game. The Pats ended the Falcons' chance at their first title in 51 years, despite them getting out to a 21-0 and 28-3 to lead. That just wasn't enough against the Brady-Belichick tandem, as they won their record 25th postseason game together. Brady completed passes to seven different receivers, including a Super Bowl-record 14 times to White. That's all we saw in Houston: records broken, history made, and the greatest of all-time.
Thomas, Celtics Spoil Pierce's Final Game in Boston
Paul Pierce is retiring at the end of this season, and Sunday afternoon was his final game in Boston, where he spent a majority of his career. Isaiah Thomas had 28 points to once again lead the Boston Celtics, who have now won seven straight after a 107-102 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Pierce spent 15 seasons with the Celtics, winning one championship, and was entered into the game late after the fans chanted for him to get back in. The 2008 NBA Finals MVP capped off his final game in Boston with a three-pointer late, which sent the TD Garden into a frenzy. They were also happy about the win, as Al Horford had 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Thomas added eight assists on the afternoon. Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford had 23 points apiece for the Clippers, who now sit in fifth place in the Western Conference.
North Carolina Hands Notre Dame Fourth Straight Loss
After waiting an extra day and moving locations due to a water issue at Chapel Hill, the 12th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels added to Notre Dame's recent struggles, handing them their fourth straight loss, 83-76, on Sunday. Justin Jackson scored 16 points, as the game was shifted to Greensboro, which has hosted 26 ACC Tournaments. The Fighting Irish did make it interesting in the second half, rallying from a 15-point deficit to get within two. Following a 5-0 start in ACC play, Notre Dame now sits at 6-5 after losing five of six. V.J. Beachem finished with 20 points, as the team hit nine three-pointers in the loss. The Tar Heels improve to 9-2 in conference play, as they finished with six players in double figures.