The league’s highest scoring team, the Atlanta Falcons will represent the NFC while a much more familiar team will represent the AFC as the New England Patriots will be playing in their 11th championship game. Both teams had impressive showings at home on Sunday as they truly proved to the rest of the league who the best team is in each respective conference with a couple of blowout victories.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has had himself an MVP type season and should be in line for his first trophy as the league’s best player after he lead the most prolific offense in the NFL this year. Atlanta racked up an amazing 540 points this season behind the elite play of Ryan, as well as pro bowl seasons from wideout Julio Jones, and running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.
Representing the AFC are the Patriots and the duo of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are already the most winningest quarterback/coach tandems in the history of the league. Tom Brady has been a man on a mission this season after missing the first four games of the year due to his deflate-gate suspension. All Brady has done since returning from suspension in week 5 is win. The sure fire hall of famer led his team to wins in 11 of his 12 games as a starter and a 14-2 regulars season en route to an impressive 19th AFC East division.
The early betting line as per Bet365 have the Patriots as favourites by a field goal. The three point spread is as expected given that dominance of both teams, meaning the betting line isn’t likely to move too much in either direction before the big game.
Bet365 also have the over/under totals betting line set at an even 58.0 points which is the highest point total in the history of the Super bowl. With two prolific passers under center and the playmakers on both sides, there likely won’t be any shortage of big plays in the passing attack. Tom Brady set a franchise record against the Steelers on Sunday with an impressive 384 yards passing. Not to be outdone, Matt Ryan threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns in his final game at the Georgia Dome on Sunday afternoon.
This will be the fourteenth ever meeting between these two teams with the Patriots holding the slight 7-6 edge.