Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots to Face Off in Super Bowl 51
The final game of the 2016 football season is already almost here, and will star the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots.
On their respective roads to Super Bowl 51, both teams put up impressive offensive seasons—Matt Ryan, QB for the Falcons, had nearly a 5000-yard season with a solid passer rating of 117.1. QB Tom Brady of the Patriots didn’t miss a beat from his four-game suspension, and ended the season with a nine-game win streak. The Patriot’s only loss once Brady returned was to the Seattle Seahawks in week ten.
It’s safe to say that the meeting of these two teams is going to be a battle of the offenses. The Patriots final ranking in defense for 2016, was a solid 8th place, and the Falcons spot is down at 25th. Atlanta was in the middle of the pack defensively in the post-season, ranked 8th. But, with clutch players like Ryan and WR Juilo Jones, who can’t seem to miss, defense might not matter so much.
Even with a more statistically impressive offense this year, Atlanta still has their work cut out for them. Brady and head coach Bill Belicheck have led the Patriots to four Super Bowl championship wins, out of six total trips since 2002. They’re undoubtedly a power couple of the NFL.
Both QB and coach are household names for this reason, and despite the Falcons well-deserved spot in the most exciting game of the NFL season, the same esteem does not apply.
This is the Falcons’ second overall appearance in the Super Bowl, and they’re looking for their first win. Their only previous appearance resulted in loss to the Denver Broncos in 1998. But based on their performances in the 2016 post-season, beating their opponents by at least two touchdowns, their chances of robbing the Patriots of yet another trophy are looking decent to the outsider, and amazing to the loyal fan.
Both teams have every reason to believe they’ll come out of Houston with a win, so we’ll just have to wait and see who wants it more. Both fans of each team and lovers of football will no doubt be given an entertaining game.
The Super Bowl is on February 5th at 3:30 p.m. on FOX.