By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On February 2, 2017 at 11:56 pm EST
The Patriots are 16-2 and the Falcons are 13-5. New England is 8-0 on the road, while Atlanta 6-2 as they prepare for the Super Bowl 51 match-up.
According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Falcons have a 51% chance to win their first Super Bowl.
New England won the last game between these two teams. On Sept. 29, 2013, the Patriots won 30-23 at Gillette Stadium.
The Falcons are 9-12 in their previous 21 playoff games. However, they lost their lone Super Bowl appearance.
The Patriots are 31-19 in their last 50 playoff games. New England is 4-4 in their last eight Super Bowl appearances.
New England won their last Super Bowl appearance, as they defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 on Feb. 1, 2015. This game is going to be remembered for Russell Wilson’s decision to throw an interception to Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler instead of handing off the ball to Marshawn Lynch with the game to go with a yard to go.
They have not lost a Super Bowl since Feb. 5, 2012 when they were defeated 21-17 by the New York Giants.
Bill Belichick, Patriots head coach, is 4-2 in the Super Bowl with the team. Both of the losses were to the Giants, as they also lost Feb. 3, 2008 when they were defeated 17-14 by the Giants.
The seven Super Bowl appearances are the most by a head coach. Tom Brady, New England’s long-time quarterback, is 4-0 against the Falcons in his career. The 39-year-old — who may be playing in his final Super Bowl — has helped his team to outscore Atlanta 111-71 during their four-game win streak against the Falcons.
The Patriots are on a nine-game win streak. They have not lost a game since Nov. 13, 2016 when they were defeated 31-24 by the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.
The Falcons are also on a long win streak, as they have won six straight games. They have not lost a game since they were defeated 29-28 by the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 4, 2016.
New England is averaging 27.6 points, while Atlanta is scoring 33.8 points per game.
Brady leads the Patriots attack with 3,554 passing yards. He also has 28 touchdown passes and two interceptions.
Matt Ryan leads the Falcons attack with 4,994 passing yards. He has 38 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.
Prediction: Patriots 27, Falcons 24
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