By Peter Gobeille
On February 5 in Houston, Texas, two of the best teams in the football will face off in Super Bowl LI, concluding an epic and action packed NFL season. The season had interesting story lines like the rookie emergence of Ezekiel Elliot and Dak Prescott, and Aaron Rodgers pulling an Aaron Rodgers by winning eight straight games at the end of the season. To cap off this amazingly intriguing NFL season, the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots are going to face off in the Superbowl for the right to call themselves the best team in the league.
New England: The Patriots have done what they do best all season long. They won football games. Even with Tom Brady missing four games due to suspension, the team still only managed to lost two games all season. Brady has had an MVP caliber season throwing for 3,500 yards, 28 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Belichick has created another defensively superior unit, as they have only allowed a little over 15 points per game which is the best in the NFL. After seemingly effortless playoff wins against the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers, the New England Patriots will be playing in their 9th super bowl (most by any team all time). Brady and Belichick will be looking to finish off a near perfect season to capture their fifth lombardi trophy together.
Atlanta: In his second year as head coach, Dan Quinn has used his defensive expertise to repair a broken defense in Atlanta, while also allowing the offensive weapons of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman to develop into one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL. Matt Ryan is a very serious MVP candidate and Julio Jones has been especially superhuman ever since his 300 yard game against Carolina in Week 4. This is the third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history (1999 was the last one), and the first in the career of Matt Ryan, who is looking to make his signature mark on the NFL. Tallying the second highest yardage total of any team, Atlanta will be hoping to reverse a trend of defense dominating offense in the Super Bowl.