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.