Despite Thrilling Comeback, Super Bowl Produces Lower Ratings Than Previous Two Games

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The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons were the first teams to ever go into overtime in a Super Bowl, but even that didn’t translate into high ratings.

(Photo: Getty Images)

(Photo: Getty Images)

According to Nielsen, the Super Bowl on Sunday had a 48.8 overnight rating, down from last year’s game between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, which had a 49 overnight rating. Last year’s Super Bowl was the third most-watched with 111.9 million viewers. (RELATED: Lady Gaga Just Performed During Halftime At The Super Bowl, And It Was Barely Political)

(Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

(Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The final numbers from Sunday’s game will be in Monday afternoon.

(Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

(Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

(Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

(Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Most viewers thought the game was over as the Falcons took an early 21-0 lead, but then Patriots quarterback Tom Brady scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter — with two two-point conversions — to tie everything up and take the teams into overtime.

The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28. (RELATED:The Outcome Of The Super Bowl Reminded A Lot Of People Of The Presidential Election)

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