Falcons vs. Patriots: Our Pick for Super Bowl LI
And then there were two: The Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots will headline Super Bowl LI and rewrite history books once again. After what was a pulsating season, the Falcons and the Patriots came out as the two best teams in the NFL and they have absolutely merited it.
The New England Patriots will be going for their fifth Super Bowl title since Bill Belichick and Tom Brady came together. The duo will become the first ever coach-manager team to win five Super Bowl rings. The Falcons will be taking part in their second Super Bowl but will be hoping to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the first time in their history.
So, it is Falcons vs Patriots and it is time for us to announce our pick for Super Bowl LI.
The New England Patriots
The New England Patriots is a juggernaut that just keeps on going. They will be making their seventh trip to the Super Bowl since 2001 and their ninth overall. If the Pats win the game against the Falcons, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will win their fifth Super Bowl rings with the franchise, which is another record.
The Pats began the season without Tom Brady for the first four games due to the suspension he was serving because of the Deflategate scandal. Then they lost Rob Gronkowski in the middle of the season for the rest of the campaign. Most other sides would have struggled but it was business as usual for the Patriots as they went 14-2 during the regular season.
The Pats then went head to head with the Houston Texans in the Divisional Playoffs and won that encounter 34-16. In the AFC Championship Game, they came up against the Pittsburgh Steelers and blew them out of the water 36-17. This Pats side knows how to win and win big and the Falcons will have to be at the top of their game if they are to win Super Bowl LI.
The Atlanta Falcons
If you had gone for a survey before the start of the NFL season and asked people who they think will be at the NRG Stadium on February 5th to headline Super Bowl LI, not a lot of them would have named the Atlanta Falcons as their pick. Yet, here they are. It has been some season for the Falcons and now they are one game away from winning their first ever Super Bowl.
The Atlanta Falcons had an interesting regular season. They posted an 11-5 record during the campaign and then had to take on the Seattle Seahawks in the Divisional Playoffs. The Falcons won the game 36-20. That victory, landed them a spot in the NFC Championship game against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The Falcons dismantled the Packers 44-21 to qualify for their first Super Bowl in eighteen years and second overall.
The Atlanta Falcons hired Dan Quinn as the head coach in 2015 and he has led the franchise to a place in the Super Bowl in only his second season at the helm. For a franchise that had not been to the playoffs since 2012, this has been a remarkable turnaround.
Our pick for Super Bowl LI
The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons have a date with destiny. If their seasons till this point are considered, then it all points to a high scoring game. The Atlanta Falcons topped the NFL scoring charts by amassing more points than any other side. The New England Patriots were third on that very same list. It will be a clash of two explosive offenses.
History however states otherwise. In the fifty Super Bowls played till now only twice have both sides racked up more than thirty points in the Big Game. So basically according to us, it will all come down to the defenses of both sides. The team that plays better defensively on the day will win.
Our pick for Super Bowl LI: The New England Patriots.