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Super Bowl 51 preview: New England @ Atlanta

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On February 2, 2017 at 11:56 pm EST

On Sunday night, the New England Patriots faces the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The game is slated to start at approx. 6:30 pm EST on FOX.

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.

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Bill Belichick (Getty Images)

New England won the last game between these two teams. On Sept. 29, 2013, the Patriots won 30-23 at Gillette Stadium.

Atlanta has not won in this series since Nov. 8, 1998 when they won 41-10 at Foxboro Stadium. Their last win over the Patriots at the Georgia Dome was on Oct. 1, 1995 when they won 30-17.

The Falcons are 9-12 in their previous 21 playoff games. However, they lost their lone Super Bowl appearance.

On Jan. 31, 1999, the Falcons were defeated 34-19 by the Denver Broncos in John Elway’s final National Football League game.

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.

LeGarrette Blount has 1,161 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. Julian Edelman has 1,106 receiving yards with three touchdowns.

Matt Ryan leads the Falcons attack with 4,994 passing yards. He has 38 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.

Devonta Freeman has 1,079 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns. Julio Jones has 1,409 receiving yards and six touchdowns.

Prediction: Patriots 27, Falcons 24

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