Game Preview

Teams: New England Patriots (14-2) vs. Atlanta Falcons (11-5)

Location: NRG Stadium- Houston, Texas

Time: 6:30 PM ET

Broadcast: TV-FOX & streaming live on Radio-Detroit AM 1270 or local Westwood One affiliate, TuneIn Radio’s Premium NFL station, SiriusXM Radio

Line: -3 Patriots

Over/Under: 59


The 51st Super Bowl will see the high powered offense of the Atlanta Falcons go up against the dynamic duo of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. The Falcons come into Houston with an offense that touts one of the deepest talent pools in Super Bowl history with a roster that includes Devonta Freeman, Taylor Gabriel, Tevin Coleman, Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, and Mohamed Sanu. Matt Ryan, in particular, saw a career rejuvenation in 2016 with other 4900 yards passing and 38 touchdown passes. He has led the Falcons offense to rank 3rd in the NFL in average passing yards per game, 5th in rushing yards per game thanks to Coleman and Freeman, and first in points scored per game at 33.8.

New England, on the other hand, rides the steady arm of Tom Brady and a stout defense that has been commented on excessively this postseason. While Brady has been his prototypical self in 2016, the emergence of LeGarrette Blount has done wonders for New England. The Patriots are riding a nine-game winning streak into Houston where the defense has given up one 20+ point game and held their opponents to an average of 13.3 points per game during that stretch. It seems that best will play against best when Atlanta has the ball at NRG Stadium.

DSN Crew Game and MVP Predictions:

Game Predictions & MVP vote 

Carl Poposki – New England 27 Atlanta 24   MVP- Tom Brady

Joseph Bernhardt – Atlanta 27 New England 21   MVP- Matt Ryan

Jeff Deacon – Atlanta 31 New England 27   MVP- Matt Ryan

Don Drysdale – Atlanta 27 New England 24   MVP- Matt Ryan

AJ Reilly – Atlanta 31 New England 28   MVP- Julio Jones

Keith Thayer – New England 24 Atlanta 17   MVP- Tom Brady

Julius Porter – New England 38 Atlanta 20   MVP- LeGarrette Blount

Alex Muller – Atlanta 24 New England 21   MVP-Matt Ryan

Jeff Bilbrey – Atlanta 35 New England 28   MVP – Matt Ryan

D. Dylan Bair – Atlanta 34 New England 24   MVP-Vic Beasley Jr.

Logan Lamorandier  – Atlanta 30 New England 24  MVP- Matt Ryan

Ryan Griffin – Atlanta 45 New England 30  MVP – Matt Ryan

Ky Carlin – New England 27 Atlanta 24  MVP – Tom Brady

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