Super Bowl LI: Prediction

By Kate Liming
Feb. 03, 2017

If you asked me in the beginning of the year if I expected the Atlanta Falcons to play in the Super Bowl, I would say, "No way." If you asked me if the Patriots would be in the Super Bowl, you better believe I would say, "Well of course." 

Here's the thing that you should know about me. I am a New Orleans Saints fan and I always have been since the age of 11 when I decided it was time to pick a football team and stick with that team for the rest of my life. Now, if you know anything about rivalries in sports, or in the NFL in this case, then you know that the Saints are rivals with the Falcons. "Why?" you may ask? The Saints and Falcons were the first NFL teams in the deep south and their rivalry is considered the oldest in the NFL dating back to 1967. 

So, of course I don't want the Falcons to win, but I also don't want the Patriots to win (for various and obvious reasons). The Patriots were ranked as the most hated team in the NFL for the second year in a row . So, let me explain to you why I don't think the Patriots should deserve to win (but, will most likely win). 

First of all, I'm not going to support any team that goes against the rules of the league and cheats their way in to the Super Bowl, which they did in 2014. (Please look up DeflateGate if you don't know what I'm talking about). Secondly, Tom Brady was voted this year as the most popular and least popular QB for a reason, which makes total sense. Although it is hard to deny that Brady is one of the best QBs in the history of the NFL you also have to understand that he was the one who knew about the footballs being deflated in the 2014 AFC Championship game against the Colts. Some other reasons that people dislike Brady is because he's married to a supermodel, he's considered to be the most attractive QB (and if your team's QB isn't considered attractive, you may be a little mad that Tom Brady is), he's made it to the Super Bowl seven times, winning four of those titles, he won the Super Bowl MVP three times, and he gave only TWO interceptions in this season. Most QBs would give two interceptions in ONE game. Let's not forget that although he was suspended for the first four games of the season Brady still managed to get his team to the Super Bowl. I guess you can say that Tom Brady is who everyone (people who aren't Patriot fans) are jealous of. 

 I don't want to see the Patriots and Tom Brady win the Super Bowl, for those reasons, which I think are pretty valid, and I'm sure many people (those who aren't Patriot fans) would agree with me. 

So, now that I've given you my personal opinion on the two teams, let me tell you about the season each team has had, their recent history with each other, and what I think the final score will be.

Atlanta Falcons:

The Falcons are the No. 1 scoring defense in the NFL. They went 11-5 this season, and with the names Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, the Falcons have been able to make a statement for their franchise, especially this season. QB Matt Ryan is having the best season of his career. Ryan completed 4,944 passing yards and secured 38 touchdowns. This will be Ryan's first Super Bowl, but with the numbers he's been pulling up this season and with wide receiver Julio Jones, the Falcons should be in good hands

New England Patriots:

Do I need to say anything else? I think it is pretty obvious that the Patriots have always been stellar in every aspect of their game. The Patriots are the No.1 scoring offense in the NFL because of two words: Tom Brady. He has been the main player factor in leading the Patriots to success and without him the Patriots wouldn't be a team with the high magnitude that they have. They went 14-2 this season. This will be his 7th Super Bowl appearance, which means Brady has enough Super Bowl experience to win another. The Pats have not allowed more than 90 rushing yards in 25 games, which proves that their offense is what the Falcons are going to have to focus on. However, it is also important to note that Brady wouldn't be the player he is without the head coaching of Bill Belichick. With Brady and Belichick, the Patriots have the most postseason wins (24) by a QB and Head Coach combo. Belichick is 201-71 in 17 seasons and 24-9 in 33 postseason games as the Head Coach for the Patriots. With the Super Bowl being held in Houston, Tom Brady and the Patriots are already used to winning a Super Bowl there when they beat the Carolina Panthers 32-29 in 2004.

Recent Meetings in History

The two teams have met each other 13 times since 1972, and the Patriots lead the matchup 7-6. Ever since Brady has been a Patriot (starting in 2001), the Patriots and Falcons have met four times, and the Patriots have won every time. 

Prediction: Patriots 24-21

Cited Sources:

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/football/face-off-patriots-vs-falcons-by-the-numbers/article_59dece08-950b-545a-9396-805afffead69.html





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