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James White: Patriots' Super Bowl comeback a 1-in-100 miracle

James White: Patriots' Super Bowl comeback a 1-in-100 miracle
Published On: Sun, Feb 12
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; A general view as New England Patriots running back James White carries the ball en route to scoring the game-winning touchdown to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

As best James White can remember, he had never scored a game-ending touchdown before. Like, never never. He had certainly never played in a Super Bowl before, nor had he put together a game like he did Sunday, setting career highs for receptions (14), yards from scrimmage (139) and points (20). So of course he didnt think to hold onto the football after breaking the plane and making history on the final play of Super Bowl LI.

Instead, he dropped the ball and sprinted around the end zone until an equally euphoric LeGarrette Blount swung White around and threw him to the turf. White didnt care. He hardly felt the 250-pound thumper. We did it, Blount yelled. You played your tail off!

Or something like that, White says. To be honest I was gone at that point.

As Tom Brady told his teammates to calm down"Theyve got to review it! Theyve got to review it!"White put his hands on his head. He wasnt in a state of disbelief about forgetting the ball (that would come later), but he was incredulous about everything else that had occurred. It was just crazy.

The never befores kept coming. An iPhone with nearly 500 text messages (he replied to all of them, even if it took a couple days). A Good Morning America interview with Michael Strahan (on no sleep!). A private plane ride to Disney World (That was really cool, White says, though not quite cool enough to prevent him from dozing off). Hed enjoyed a Boston victory parade before, back in 2015, but he was inactive for that Super Bowl and went largely unrecognized on the parade route. This time was different.

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