New England finds itself in the championship game for the seventh time in the past 15 years, all of which coming under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Those two are already one of the best coach-quarterback duos football has ever seen. One more Lombardi Trophy will end any debate they're the best in NFL history.
Atlanta is just hoping to finally break through and win the franchise's first Super Bowl. This will be just the second time the Falcons have ever made a Super Bowl and the first since 1999.
Needless to say, the Patriots are viewed as the favorites in this one, not to mention an NFL Goliath when compared to franchises like the Falcons. But don’t let the Patriots’ superiority in the hardware department fool you.
This is an Atlanta team fully capable of beating anyone in this league and winning it all. On the season, quarterback Matt Ryan was MVP level with 38 touchdowns vs just seven interceptions and a 70-percent completion percentage.
Running back Devonta Freeman gouged opposing defenses for 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns. All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones chipped in 83 catches for 1,409 yards and six touchdowns.
All of this should make for an explosive Super Bowl that we’ll all enjoy watching. Here’s how to watch and follow it all:
New England Patriots (14-2) vs Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
Game Time: 6:30 p.m. EST
Place: NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
Online Stream: FOX will have an online stream via Fox Sports Go, which provides live streaming of every sporting event they cover. Normally it requires a cable/satellite subscription to access, but for the Super Bowl, FOX is making a special exemption and making the game available to everybody watching online.
Mobile: If you’re on the go, Fox mobile apps are available on Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, and Xbox One.
Luke Bryan is singing the national anthem this year, while members of the original cast of Hamilton will perform “America the Beautiful.” Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush will be present for the opening coin toss.
Odds: The Patriots opened as three-point favorites and the line hasn’t budged since, according to OddsShark. The over/under is set at 59.5. The SB Nation experts think the Falcons will bring home their first Lombardi trophy.
Prop bets: Here are all of the prop bets heading into the big game.