The stage is now set as the Atlanta Falcons will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51. It has been a long time coming for Falcons’ fans.
The Atlanta Falcons will play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51. “Super Sunday” kicks off at 6:30 PM on February 5th from Reliant Stadium in Houston. This is the second Super Bowl appearance for the Falcons while the Patriots head back for an NFL record, ninth time.
The mass media was understandably pulling for “Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady” in the big game, but I believe the NFL has the best possible match-up. It’s no secret the Atlanta Falcons have one of the most phenomenal offenses in NFL history. On the other side of the field, there’s no shortage of firepower as Brady makes his seventh Super Bowl appearance. And speaking of Brady, we fully expect the Super Bowl headlines to be full of Roger Goodell and never ending “deflate-gate” drama.
Still, our best storyline is this “David vs. Goliath” match-up in Super Bowl 51. The Falcons have been more “Goliath” this season, but up against the Patriots in the big game…they’re an underdog. Falcons’ fans may have actually forgotten what being the underdog feels like. Either way, this is Matt Ryan’s first Super Bowl against “all-mighty” Tom Brady. This is also Dan Quinn’s first as a head coach and he’s up against the best in the game in Bill Belichick.
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The NFC is up in the rotation this year, meaning the Atlanta Falcons will be the home team. It will be interesting to see what jersey color they choose. The Falcons obviously wear red for home games, but the last five Super Bowl champions did so wearing white. My guess is Dan Quinn could care less about superstitions.