Atlanta Falcons vs New England Patriots – Super Bowl LI

New England Patriots vs. Atlanta FalconsAtlanta Falcons, New England Patriots advance to Super Bowl LI

Super Bowl LI is right around the corner and the Atlanta Falcons will be representing the NFC, while the New England Patriots compete for the AFC. The New England Patriots make their  record ninth appearance in the Super Bowl and their seventh with both head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. The Patriots will be going for their  fifth Lombardi Trophy in this Super Bowl. The Atlanta Falcons will be going for their first ring. The Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has Super Bowl experience. He was defensive coordinator when the Seahawks went to Super Bowls for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The Patriots lead the all-time series between the two teams, 7-6. The last meeting for these two teams was back in 2013. The showdown for Super Bowl LI between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots is scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET, at NRG Stadium in Houston Texas.

The New England Patriots made it to Super Bowl LI with a ninth consecutive win by pounding the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17. The Patriots continued their stifling defensive play in their victory over Pittsburgh, holding the Steelers to 367 total yards while forcing a two turnovers. The Patriots defense have allowed just 10.6 points per game over their past five wins and outscored their opponents by an average margin of 21.8 points. The Patriots have won with offense and with defense. The Patriots have a balanced offense and can hang with the Falcons if this game becomes a shootout.

This will be the Atlanta Falcons second Super Bowl appearance. The last time came in the 1998 season, when Atlanta lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII. The Atlanta Falcons fielded have the league’s top scoring offense in the regular season with an average of 33.8 points per game, while the Patriots defense allowed an NFL-low 15.6 points per game on defense. One of the reasons the Falcons are in the Super Bowl is that their defense improved as the season went on. The Falcons have improved from an average of 25.4 points per game during the regular season to an average of 19.3 points over their last six games, including the playoffs. The Falcons defense rated 15th overall but it’s proving to be effective because of the speed, range and versatility of many of the young players. Even though the Falcons defense have improved they still struggle against the run. For this reason we give the Patriots an edge in what could be a high scoring event.

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Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons – NFC Championship

Atlanta Falcons vs Green Bay Packers Atlanta Falcons host Green Bay Packers in NFC Championship Game

The Atlanta Falcons (12-5) take on the Green Bay Packers (12-6) for the second time this season when they host the NFC Championship Game as home favorites. This may be a high-scoring game with Aaron Rodgers dazzling us with fantastic throws each time he steps on the field and Atlanta scoring 71 more points than any other team did in the regular season. The Atlanta Falcons beat Green Bay 33-32 in the first meeting during Week 8 of this season. The NFC Championship game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 3:05 p.m. ET, from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The game will be broadcast live on FOX.

When the Green Bay Packers have the ball it’s all about quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Packers have not relied on the running game lately. With Rogers at the helm, the Packers have won eight in a row in order to make the playoffs. Rogers finally threw an interception for the first time in nine games, but there is no doubt that Rodgers is playing on a completely different level right now. Defenses are lining up in nickel knowing that Green Bay isn’t going to run the ball but still can’t stop him. If Atlanta does lines up in nickel, they may see running back Ty Montgomery get the ball more often. Montgomery only has one 100-yard game this year, but Atlanta is weak on stopping the run this year.

The Atlanta Falcons have the NFL’s best scoring offense with quarterback Matt Ryan who is favorite to win the MVP award this season. Ryan is nearly unstoppable with a healthy wide receiver Julio Jones on the field. Julio Jones is one of the best wide receivers in the league but a nagging toe injury seems to have taken away some of his explosiveness.  Jones is averaging 17 yards a reception. In his last five games, he has only one 100-yard game. The Falcons offense are still putting up points without a fully healthy Jones. Offensive Coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons, Kyle Shanahan uses his running backs in the passing game which makes this offense difficult to stop. Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are constantly matched up against linebackers and they have made defenses pay. Freeman and Coleman combined for 204 total yards and two touchdowns against Seattle last week and half those yards came in the form of receptions. We know the Rogers has been magical lately, but we give Atlanta Falcons the edge to win this game in the end.

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