Good Sports: Super Bowl LI – Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots

– Well, the time is finally here.

We know the two greatest football teams of 2016, and they are exactly as we all predicted – the New England Patriots, led by the enigmatic chiseled adonis Tom Brady, and the…wait, the Atlanta Falcons did well? The Falcons, with Matt Ryan and Tevin Coleman and Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu Sr and Devonta Freeman and Alex Mack and Vic Beasley….oh right, they were pretty amazing, weren’t they?

Turns out the Atlanta Falcons are arriving at a Super Bowl again, for the first time since they were trounced by the John Elway-led Denver Broncos in 1998. This go-around bookends the arrival and departure of superstar Tony Gonzalez, but he will be there in spirit. He led the upswing of this team, and will be proud to see them take the field in the NRG Stadium down in Houston on Sunday.

Will they be able to stop the unstoppable force that is New England? Tom Brady is going for his fifth ring, a feat unachieved by Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana (who only managed to snuff out four Lombardi trophies). Not only that, but this is Brady’s seventh appearance in the final game of the season, so I garner he’s got the experience. His weapons at hand will include all-star wide receiver Julian Edelman (robbed of MVP against my Seahawks two years ago) and Martellus Bennett (filling in for a suddenly unnecessary Rob Gronkowski, lost to back surgery). He’ll also be able to pass the ball over to LaGarrette Blount, clearly better off in the cold Massachusetts air than the cold Pittsburgh air of last year.

When all is said and done, will New England roll its way into the record books, or will the Atlanta Falcons have something to cheer about for the first time in history? Maybe we’ll have to place all our hopes on Michael Floyd, who a few weeks ago was out of a job after getting a DUI playing for Arizona. No one ever really knows what will happen on that final day, but I must say favor shines down on New England at the moment. They will be the juggernaut Goliath to Atlanta’s David.

I, for one, hope Atlanta wins. But my expectations tell me New England 27-Atlanta 13.

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