‘Deja Vu’: Political Twitter Couldn’t Help But Compare Pats’ Miracle Comeback to Election


The parallel was inescapable. It truly was, in a manner of speaking, deja vu all over again.

Not even three months removed from Donald Trump‘s stunning election night victory, in which many forecasters put his chances of winning in single digits, Super Bowl LI featured a comeback that seemed to be even more statistically remarkable. The New England Patriots, down 28-3 late in the third quarter, roared back to stun the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 and win their franchise’s fifth Super Bowl title.

Just as on election night, the win probability models failed to predict the outcome.

The Falcons’ win probability, per ESPN’s statistical model, actually got as high as 99.6 percent at one point. But quickly, the comeback was on. And so too were the election night flashbacks:

Complete with James Comey references:

And mentions of Russian interference:

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