The New England Patriots came back from a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, and the soccer world was transfixed as Tom Brady once again worked his magic to help his team to an NFL title.
The likes of Tottenham star Harry Kane and Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois joined in with celebratory messages at the end of the game, while Barcelona also sent a special message to the Patriots after their remarkable 34-28 victory...
Brady on fire #SuperBowl— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) February 6, 2017
Tom Brady #ClutchPerformer— Patrice Bernier (@pbernier10) February 6, 2017
Tom Brady #nowords— Kellyn Acosta (@KellynAcosta) February 6, 2017
I'm not a fan of the Patriots, but what Tom Brady just did. Wow. Best QB in history. Don't come at me with anyone else. #Ledge— herculez gomez (@herculezg) February 6, 2017
There were others, however, who were left to rue the defeat, including Georgia native and FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman, who was devastated to see the Falcons' lead slip away...
Well this was absolutely heartbreaking. #Superbowl— Walker Zimmerman (@thewalkerzim) February 6, 2017
Atlanta still lit tonight or nahhh??— Marlon Hairston (@MARLYG94) February 6, 2017
I got it, just think Falcons should have their chance for a touch down, also!— Marcelo Sarvas (@MarceloSarvas) February 6, 2017
Anyways congrats to Patriots. Amazing comeback!! https://t.co/FbgKitVtnT
Before the game, teams and players were making their sides clear, gearing up for what promised to be an exciting Super Bowl showdown...
Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) February 5, 2017
D.C. United (@dcunited) February 5, 2017
Feels like today is a good day to be a Georgia peach #RiseUp— Kelley O'Hara (@kohara19) February 5, 2017
Some players were hoping for more from the half-time show, putting their own spin on Lady Gaga's performance...
Looking for a prop bet that has a migos surprise halftime performance— Amobi Okugo (@amobisays) February 5, 2017
POWERFUL. Everything we need right now @ladygaga ...— Jay DeMerit (@D6MERIT) February 6, 2017
Not everyone was up for the Super Bowl, though!
Things I'd rather do then watch the super bowl-— Erika Tymrak (@eTYMrak) February 6, 2017
World Cup > Super Bowl— Kellyn Acosta (@KellynAcosta) February 5, 2017
But there will plenty who were enjoying the game, either in the stadium or supporting from home...
Freeman going off! Shaking the cameraman— Tommy Redding (@Tommy_Redding29) February 6, 2017
Oooohhhhh pick six lets here from all these Patriot/Brady fans now. My timeline has gone quiet #SB51— Anthony Pilkington (@Pilkington_11) February 6, 2017
First time watching the Super Bowl in the US. Putting my own English twist on it. Watching it with a cuppa. Missed these while in Arizona— Ridgy 6 (@liam_ridgewell) February 5, 2017
Tommy is rattledddd— Emily Sonnett (@emilysonnett) February 6, 2017
That might be the best catch I've ever seen #juliojones— Seth Sinovic (@ssinovic) February 6, 2017
How Atlanta? How??— Jalen Robinson (@JayyBird15) February 6, 2017
Don't get inside my head how a team can have advantage in a final game, winning the coin toss— Marcelo Sarvas (@MarceloSarvas) February 6, 2017
Edelman catch > Julio catch #SuperBowl— AJ DeLaGarza (@AJD_20) February 6, 2017
— Victor Ulloa (@ulloa_victor) February 6, 2017
Those are the catches that win Super Bowls.... #justsayin— Jay DeMerit (@D6MERIT) February 6, 2017