Tom Brady Pick-6 Ends in Tackle Fail as Falcons Open Huge Lead

Bryan Brandom
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The first pick-six in the long, Hall of Fame career of Tom Brady couldn't have come at a worse time.

With his New England Patriots already trailing 14-0 and unable to stop Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons offense, Brady was knocking on the door of a score when cornerback Robert Alford stepped in to return an interception 82 yards for a score on the 12th play of the drive.

His first intercepted pass to be returned for a touchdown came in his 34th career playoff game.

A Brady tackle attempt failed. Hard.

The Pats managed a field goal before the half, to trail 21-3. Through the first 30 minutes of Super Bowl 51, the Patriots quarterback has completed 17 of 28 passes for 176 yards.