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Watch Devonta Freeman dive into the end zone for the first TD of Super Bowl LI

Atlanta Falcons' Devonta Freeman scores a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Atlanta Falcons' Devonta Freeman scores a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

It took nearly 18 minutes, but we finally got our first score of Super Bowl LI. Falcons running back Devonta Freeman got Atlanta on the board with a 5-yard touchdown run, making the Patriots defense look silly with a great cut to the left side.

One Cut.
And Gone.

That's a @DevontaFreeman TOUCHDOWN! #SB51 #RiseUp https://t.co/YwOOi84B70

— NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2017

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Epic. #SB51 #RiseUp pic.twitter.com/1MHyvNeTNi

— NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2017

His touchdown run capped a five-play, 71-yard drive by the Falcons, which took just 1 minute and 53 seconds. It put the Falcons up 7-0 with just over 12 minutes left in the first half after both teams were held scoreless in the first quarter.

Some believed Freeman's dive may have warranted a flag, but because he dove before entering the end zone, it was not a penalty.

Not a foul for going to the ground to celebrate. He went from the field of play into the EZ. Would have been a foul if he scored first.

— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) February 6, 2017