By Zane Miller
On Sunday, February 5th, 2017, the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl LI to win the 97th championship in NFL history. It was the fifth championship for the Patriots franchise as Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won his fourth Super Bowl MVP Award. The game was held at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan won the 2016 MVP Award with 38 passing touchdowns and 4,944 passing yards, while Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack won the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year Award with one interception, five forced fumbles and 11 sacks.
Out of Playoffs: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7), Tennessee Titans (9-7), Denver Broncos (9-7), Washington Redskins (8-7-1), Baltimore Ravens (8-8), Minnesota Vikings (8-8), Indianapolis Colts (8-8), Arizona Cardinals (7-8-1), Buffalo Bills (7-9), New Orleans Saints (7-9), Philadelphia Eagles (7-9), Cincinnati Bengals (6-9-1), Carolina Panthers (6-10), New York Jets (5-11), San Diego Chargers (5-11), Los Angeles Rams (4-12), Chicago Bears (3-13), Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13), San Francisco 49ers (2-14), Cleveland Browns (1-15)
Out in first round: Oakland Raiders (L 27-14 to Texans), New York Giants (L 38-13 to Packers), Miami Dolphins (L 30-12 to Steelers), Detroit Lions (L 26-6 to Seahawks)
Out in second round: Dallas Cowboys (L 34-31 to Packers), Kansas City Chiefs (L 18-16 to Steelers), Seattle Seahawks (L 36-20 to Falcons), Houston Texans (L 34-16 to Patriots)
Out in third round: Pittsburgh Steelers (L 36-17 to Patriots), Green Bay Packers (L 44-21 to Falcons)
Most passing touchdowns: #12 Aaron Rodgers (Packers)- 40 TD
Most rushing touchdowns: #29 LeGarrette Blount (Patriots)- 18 TD
Most receiving touchdowns: #87 Jordy Nelson (Packers)- 14 TD
Most sacks: #44 Vic Beasley (Falcons)- 15.5 sacks
Most forced fumbles: #44 Vic Beasley (Falcons)- 6 FF & 1 fumble recovery
Most interceptions: #26 Casey Hayward (Chargers)- 7 INT
Best field goal percentage (min. 12 attempts): #2 Kai Forbath (Vikings)- 15 for 15, 100%
Link to stats database: https://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2016/
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