First and foremost I am not shocked that the Patriots have made it to the Super Bowl once again. They’ve had a lot on their plate since the long publicized “Deflategate”. New England started the season without Tom Brady for four games with no pay (along with a first-round pick loss). We all thought it would bring them down for the first couple of games of the season but they started better than expected. They proved Brady wasn’t needed with the help of James Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett. The Patriots are favored to win the Super Bowl but as history has shown anything can happen. A great season is meaningless without the Lombardi Trophy, just ask Dallas. At the end of the road for New England ends in a showdown against Atlanta.
The Falcons have proved themselves this year but this isn’t Atlanta’s first post-season rodeo. They’ve made it a habit over the last few years flaming out at the exact wrong times. The last time the Falcons made it to the Super Bowl with a win was back in 1998 against the Vikings going into overtime and taking the game 30-27. They returned the following year but with a 19-34 loss to Denver. Matt Ryan has been playing his heart out and to be honest no one has really been giving the Falcons the credit they really deserve this season. Focus has been fixed on the consistently dominant Patriots but the win is anything but assured. Not yet anyway.
Matt Ryan needed one key to open Pandora’s Box in Julio Jones, Atlanta’s star wideout. Against the Packers Atlanta delivered a beatdown with every Green Bay turnover. Every time the Falcons had a chance to have the ball they took it to their advantage and went for it. This alone will be a major key for them to win it all. If you’d listen to the press, New England’s next victory is almost all but assured. However the playoffs has always been about getting hot at exactly the right time, and as it stands Atlanta is scorching. Still they are the underdogs and I can’t wait to see what a good game this will be.
Let the Best team take it all!