NFL | Breaking Down Sunday's Super Bowl

02/05/2017 10:43 AM

Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone!

We are just hours away from Super Bowl LI, between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons.

Many fans expect this to be a great game, which we as football fans should hope so.

Here are three reasons why each team will win:

Atlanta Falcons

1.) Season MVP Matt Ryan – The Falcons have quarterback Matt Ryan, who was named the league’s regular season MVP on Saturday night. Ryan is playing the best he has ever played in his NFL career. This regular season, Ryan threw for nearly 5,000 yards and tosses 38 touchdowns. In the playoffs, he has been just as hot.

2.) High-Powered Offense – It’s not just Matt Ryan who gets credit for this team’s offensive success, although he is the team’s catalyst. The last six games, including the playoffs, the team has scored at least 30 points in each game. There are just so many weapons, whether it is Julio Jones or Devonta Freeman.

3.) They Are Due – The last time the Falcons played in a Super Bowl was against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII. That was close to 20 years ago at this point. They lost to the Broncos and that match-up. As a result, should the Falcons win tonight, it would be their first-ever Super Bowl title.

New England Patriots

1.) Brady and Belichick – The Patriots have the greatest NFL head coach of all-time in Bill Belichick and the greatest NFL quarterback of all-time in Tom Brady. (You can’t argue against these anymore, at least in my opinion.) The fact that they have been to seven Super Bowls together in this salary cap, highly competitive era of NFL football is crazy.

2.) Stepping Up – Other teams never know which Patriots players will step up in each game. Sure, opponents can focus on Tom Brady each game, but there is always someone who comes out of the wood work to help out. Against Houston, it was Dion Lewis. Against Pittsburgh, it was Chris Hogan. Who will it be tonight?

3.) Red Hot – As hot as the Atlanta Falcons are heading into this match-up, the Patriots are even hotter. The Pats have won their last seven games, including the postseason. In five of those victories, the Patriots won by at least 13 points. In fact, New England has not even trailed since late November.

MY PREDICTION: Falcons 35, Patriots 27

I think the Falcons will take this one 35-27. The Atlanta offense has been too good recently, while New England’s offense has struggled at moments during these playoffs, most notably early in the game against Houston in the AFC Divisional Round.

Of course, my head is screaming at me to pick New England, because, let’s be honest… How can anyone pick AGAINST the Patriots? But, my gut is telling me Atlanta will win.

We shall see what happens. Enjoy the game everyone!

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

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