We’re finally here, folks! We’ve approached the end of the road. Super Bowl LI is on Sunday, but I can’t figure out if I should be excited or do my best Boyz II Men impersonation because the season is ending. We’re just a few days away from having to resort to watching the NHL, NBA or binge watching random friend-suggested TV series. We’re also a couple days away from hearing the Super Bowl loser’s fans attempt to end any ridicule by using the excuse “At least my team made it to the Super Bowl!” Whatever helps them sleep at night. Despite sulking over the end of the season, everyone should be excited about Sunday’s matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots! These two teams have been on a roll virtually the entire regular season and playoffs, and are set to bump heads in Houston this Sunday for all the marbles. Will Tom Brady win his 5th Super Bowl and cement himself as one of the best to ever do it? Or will Matt Ryan finally live up to lofty expectations after another great regular season? All these questions (and many more) will be answered on Sunday. Let’s take a closer look:
SUPER BOWL LI
Atlanta Falcons @ New England Patriots, Sunday @ 6:30pm on FOX
Super Bowl LI has the potential to be just as good as the most recent matchups because it’s set up like those of recent Super Bowls past. The Dirty Birds come in with the No. 1 offense versus Bill Belichick and the Patriots No.1 scoring defense. Matty Ice (4,944 yards, 38 TDs) has had another stellar statistical season and with help of Julio Jones (1,409 receiving yards), Devonta Freeman (1,079 yards, 11 TDs) and a vastly improved defense, the Falcons have finally lived up to expectations! The Dirty Birds finally have a chance to redeem Jamal Anderson & the ’97 Falcons and finally bring a Super Bowl title to the A.
On the other sideline, this is nothing new for Brady, Belichick and the Patriots. It has almost become “natural” for the Patriots to be Super Bowl favorites for as long as the coach & quarterback tandem resides in Boston. After missing the first quarter of the regular season, Brady came back with a vengeance and ran through the competition en route to an 11-1 record! Rumor has it that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would feel uncomfortable handing the Lombardi trophy to Tom Brady, and he just may have to on Sunday night. Despite Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and that high-powered offense, we’re taking the Patriots in this one. Belichick is a defensive gawd and will find a way to limit Julio, while Brady takes advantage of a young Falcon’s defense on the way to becoming the first Coach-QB tandem to win 5 Super Bowls in NFL history!
PREDICTION: Patriots 31, Falcons 24