Sep. 29, 2016
Here's why the Atlanta Falcons will soar in Super Bowl LI
The Atlanta Falcons are flying high and on their way to Houston to take down the 4-time champ the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51. Here are a couple of reasons why the Falcons will bring home their first Lombardi trophy.
Atlanta is led by MVP Matt Ryan who had a monster season in 2016 as he threw 38 touchdowns to only 7 interceptions. Ryan is the only QB to throw 3+TD's in 4 consecutive playoff games, so his deadly accuracy will pick the Patriots apart. He has a slew of weapons at his disposal including pro bowl recever Julio Jones who is coming off of a 9 reception, 180-yard performance in the NFC championship game. That offense also consists of the two-headed monster of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman (who have combined for nearly 1,000 yards over the last six games) could be a match up nightmare for any linebacker or safety.
New England's defensive unit may have given up the fewest points of any defense all season, but the Falcons offense has racked up 80 points this postseason rather easily, 36 of those against a top 5 defense in the Seattle Seahawks. Kyle Shanahan and Matt Ryan have schemed well for most of the season, so look for some new wrinkles come super Sunday.
Atlanta's young, fast and physical defense doesn't get enough credit as they have gelled more as the season has went on. Second year linebacker Vic Beasley led the NFL in sacks (15.5) has helped rookie sensations Deion Jones and Keanu Neal set the tempo on defense. They shook both Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers the first two games (5 sacks and 3 interceptions) so look for them to blitz Brady early and often to throw his timing off. Dan Quinn is no stranger to Bill and his Pats as he called a solid defensive game in Super Bowl 49 but the Seahawks failed on a fourth and 1 in the final seconds in a 28-24 loss to the Patriots.
This game may be the best Super Bowl ever played once it's said and done, but NFL MVP Matt Ryan may have to many weapons (Jones, Freeman, Coleman etc.) for the Patriots defense and it may overwhelm them, and Atlanta young defense is flying high, so good luck Tom Brady and New England in trying to keep the Falcons from soaring to their first ever world championship. I think the Falcons take care of business in Houston!
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