3. Third Down Defense
Facing the likes of Tom Brady in Super Bowl 51 will be the biggest challenge for this Falcons defense this season.
One constant for the Patriots offense this season is their success on third down. New England has accumulated the second most third down conversions (104) during the the regular season. They also had the fourth best third down conversion (45.8 percent) during that time span as well.
In the AFC title game almost two weeks ago, Pittsburgh had trouble getting the Patriots off the field by allowing 11-of-17 third-down attempts. Against a Super Bowl-winning quarterback like Brady, you can cue the fat lady to sing if that occurs.
The improving Falcons defense has risen to the occasion on third down so far this postseason. A combined 9-of-21 third down conversions have been allowed against Green Bay and Seattle. This trend can not be bucked against New England.