Super Bowl 51 will feature a rarely seen matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots, and the Falcons need to beware a few traps.
Atlanta fans are still in a euphoric state after watching their Falcons dispatch of two teams with Super Bowl winning quarterbacks – the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers – but for Atlanta to complete the trifecta and down Tom Brady and the Patriots, they’ll need to be on top of their game.
Not only are the Patriots a talented, well-coached team, but there is an aura of indestructibility around this organization that has rarely been penetrated. On the flip side, Atlanta fans are typically used to disappointment.
Most of the narrative surrounding Super Bowl 51 centers around the NFC champion Falcons’ league-leading scoring offense smashing helmets with the AFC champion Patriots’ league-leading scoring defense. Strength against strength. Irresistible force and immovable object.
Dan Quinn and his staff know you must contain Tom Brady and his receivers, and that you need to find a way to push past the solid New England front seven. Those are givens.
But there are some other factors which will play heavily into this game, and there are three things in particular the Falcons need to be wary of and prepare for if they hope to pull off one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history.
Here’s what the Falcons must beware against a Super Bowl-seasoned New England team.