Atlanta? New England? Who will be crowned Super Bowl Champions? The Patriots have been doing very Patriot things of late and by that I mean, winning, a lot.
The New England Patriots, guided by their stud of a quarterback, Mr Tom Brady have advanced to the Super Bowl for an NFL-record ninth time in franchise history. The Patriots have reached their eighth Super Bowl under the ownership of Robert Kraft, mastermind of the Patriots winning machine.
Brady will set a record by playing in his seventh Super Bowl; coincidentally Brady’s first NFL game versus NFC opposition was against the Falcons.
Matty Ice, Matt Ryan, Atlanta’s darling, arguably the NFL’s MVP of 2016. He will be aiming for his first championship. He probably deserves it.
Ryan threw 38 touchdowns in the regular season, a career high. The highest completion percentage of his career, the most yards, the least amount of interceptions. Ryan alongside star receiver Julio Jones and an elite running back pairing of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman helped Atlanta lead a truly explosive offense that led the NFL for points scored.
In an underwhelming season featuring All-Star flops Brock Osweiler, Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Cleveland Browns, ratings have dropped. Look past the inspirational comeback story of the Oakland Raiders, and you will find the snapped fibula of quarterback Derek Carr. Titans? Marcus Mariota’s broke his fibula too. Seahawks? Earl Thomas injured his leg. A broken fibula? No.
Not to be outdone by anyone, teammate Tyler Lockett broke both the tibia and the fibula.
Fingers crossed that these two teams, near full strength, can provide a classic.
Super Bowl 51 will be shown at The Stannary
Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Date: Sunday, 5 February 2017
Half Time Show: Lady GaGa
Kick-off: 23:30 GMT
Favourite: Patriots by 3