Lunar lunacy: Mother Nature trolls Falcons for SB rematch with Patriots


The longest partial lunar eclipse in practically 600 years is coming tonight, on the identical evening the Patriots play the Falcons. The eclipse’s length: 3 hours, 28 minutes, based on NASA.

Those figures may strike a nerve in Atlanta circles, notably because it pertains to the 51st Super Bowl, when the Tom Brady-led Patriots rallied from an enormous deficit — 28-3 — to beat the Falcons 34-28 in extra time, capping essentially the most miraculous comeback in Super Bowl historical past.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the solar, Earth, and a full moon type a near-perfect lineup in area. For East Coast observers, the partial eclipse begins slightly after 2 a.m. Friday and reaches its most at 4 a.m. For observers on the West Coast, it begins simply after 11 p.m. Thursday and reaches a most at 1 a.m. Friday.

For most of that sport 4 years in the past, the Falcons appeared poised to win Super Bowl 51 in blowout trend. They scored their fourth landing halfway via the third quarter, and the Patriots offense could not discover rhythm. But then New England recovered in a powerful method. On the subsequent sequence after the Falcons made it 28-3, Brady led the Patriots 75 yards in 13 performs for an answering landing. The protection did not enable one other level, the offense discovered its stride, and the Patriots captured their fifth Super Bowl victory.

All of which makes the partial lunar eclipse’s overlap with Thursday’s sport such a coincidence. The longest partial lunar eclipse in practically 600 years — lasting 3 hours, 28 minutes — will coincide with the Patriots matching up with the Falcons, groups that performed in one of many biggest comebacks in sports activities historical past, starting with a 28-3 deficit.

If nothing else, it is a outstanding concurrence of exceedingly uncommon occasions.

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