James White is likely breathing a big sigh of relief after finding out the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl 51 isn’t lost after all.
The New England running back said after the game he forgot to keep the football during the celebration, but luckily an equipment assistant picked up the ball, which is now on display at their Hall of Fame, a team spokesperson confirmed Monday.
End of third quarter. Though the Falcons entered the fourth quarter with a commanding lead, the Patriots, with a fresh drive to start the final 15 minutes, did have at least a glimmer of hope. New England still held a slight edge in total yards, 283-275, but Atlanta was averaging an insane 8.3 yards per play compared to the Patriots’ 4.9. New England faced its largest fourth-quarter deficit since Week 4 of the 2014 season, when it was dominated in Kansas City.
“I wasn’t thinking in that moment,” White said on “The Dan Patrick Show” at the time. “I was too busy sprinting down the field [celebrating].”
White broke the Super Bowl record for points scored by an individual player and also had the most receptions by any player in the big game.
While his game-winning touchdown ball has been recovered, Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady’s Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys game-worn jersey is yet to be found.