The Super Bowl LI matchup is officially set. Falcons versus Patriots. Ryan versus Brady. On Sunday, Feb. 5th IT IS ON.
Let’s take a look at each team’s path to the Big Game.
The Atlanta Falcons ended the regular season with a record of 11-5 and won the NFC South for the first time since 2012 by defeating the Seattle Seahawks 36-20. They crushed the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC Championship Game to advance to this year’s Super Bowl, which will be their first appearance since Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999. Led by quarterback Matt Ryan and his near-perfect postseason performance, the Falcons can win it all this year if he keeps playing like an MVP.
Fun Fact: This season marked the Falcon’s 25th and final season playing their home games at the Georgia Dome. Starting next season they’ll play in the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which is set to host Super Bowl LIII in 2019.
The New England Patriots became the first team to clinch nine Super Bowl berths by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game 36-17. By beating the New York Jets in Week 12, they became the first team originating from the American Football League to reach 500 franchise wins (including regular season and playoffs). Head coach Bill Belichick is also set to break a record by coaching in his seventh Super Bowl. They come into the big game with a regular season record of 14-2 and have the potential to take home their fifth Super Bowl trophy by beating the Falcons.
Fun Facts: Despite being suspended for the first four games of the season as a result of “Deflategate“, Tom Brady set the record for most wins by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Bill Belichick also moved into fourth place on the list of most wins for a head coach.
So…who will you be cheering for on Super Bowl Sunday? We’re mostly looking forward to the food. 😉
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