This year’s Super Bowl is set to be a very good matchup, featuring a team that everybody expected to be in the big dance and one that has plenty of elite talent that has finally fallen into place. Here is my analysis of both teams playing in the Super Bowl and my prediction for this Sunday!
New England Patriots (14-2): The Patriots looked like the best team in the AFC for the whole year. Even though Tom Brady missed the first 4 games due to suspension, he still proved that he’s in a class all of his own, posting an NFL record in touchdown-to-interception ratio. (28 touchdowns to 2 interceptions) To top it all off, he did it without Rob Gronkowsi for most of the season. The rest of the receiving crops has stepped up to fill Gronk’s shoes while he recovers, especially Chris Hogan, the college lacrosse player turned overnight sensation due to his phenomenal performance in the AFC title game. As if the offense wasn’t scary enough already, the Patriots finally have a top-caliber running back in LeGarrette Blount, who led the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 18. The defense looked a lot better this year than it did in recent years, and Malcolm Butler has blossomed into one of the league’s best cornerbacks. On special teams the Patriots have Stephen Gostkowski, easily one of the league’s best kickers. The Patriots have what looks to be a complete, well-rounded championship team and one can expect that they will bring it this Sunday.
Atlanta Falcons (11-5): The Falcons were often overshadowed by the resurgent Dallas Cowboys, but I feel they truly have the best team in the NFC, and the best offense in the NFL. Matt Ryan had an MVP level season and proved once and for all that he is one of the NFL’s elite. Of course, having Julio Jones, the NFL’s best receiver to throw to helps a lot. Even with Jones, though, Ryan has done an excellent job of spreading the ball out, and there are 8 Falcons with at least 20 catches on the season. The Falcons have a great backfield, with both Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman being both great runners and pass catchers, making them a perfect fit in this system. The defense is rather mediocre, but second-year linebacker Vic Beasley blossomed into a star this year. Kicker Matt Bryan was one of the NFL’s most accurate this year. The Falcons are a very young team, but there is no doubt talent here. They will give the Patriots a run for their money.
Final Verdict: While the Falcons are one of the most explosive teams in the NFL, there are not nearly as well rounded as the Patriots are. However, I can see this game being very high-scoring and close, and my prediction for the final score is 31-26 in favor of the Patriots.