Super Bowl Showdown
If you live under a rock and haven’t yet heard, on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. the NFL Super Bowl LI will be held in Houston, Texas, and will be broadcasted to millions of people on FOX Network. Football’s two best teams—the Atlanta Falcons from the National Football Conference (NFC) and the New England Patriots from the American Football Conference (AFC)—will fight for the most esteemed NFL title during the most widely-watched television broadcast in the United States. And in case you were wondering, here are my predictions for Super Bowl LI.
First, the Atlanta Falcons are the underdogs, not because they are not a good team but because they are going up against a team that has a gone to the Super Bowl many times in the last decade. The key to the Patriots’ success is that they have one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, veteran Tom Brady. The last time the Patriots went to the Super Bowl was in 2015, and they were victorious. They have had a lot of the same players and coaching staff since their last Super Bowl win. The Patriots have dominated the AFC with their consistently good offense. In the beginning of the season, they had a rough start with star player and Quarterback Brady being suspended for the first four games. Despite that, they have had a remarkable season.
Usually when analyzing teams who make it to the Super Bowl the main component to take into consideration is a team’s defense. There is a saying that defensive teams win championships, meaning that a team with the best defense will carry the team to a win regardless of how good the offense is. The only time the offense will determine a team’s outcome is when both team's defenses are equally or almost matched. In this year’s matchup, both teams have equally strong defenses. Some may argue that the Patriots have a slight advantage over the Falcons, but I think that it is the other way around, which is why this Super Bowl it is going to come down to who can score the most.
Tom Brady and the Patriots’ Head Coach Bill Belichick do put up good numbers and have had much experience together in the Super Bowl, which is promising for the Patriots. Although this is the case I do not think the Patriots can outscore or contain Matt Ryan (the Falcons’ Quarterback) and the Falcons’ offense. They are absolutely explosive. Looking at the statistics alone from both regular and the postseason speaks volumes of what to expect. Ryan is not afraid to throw the ball and that is dangerous. Against the Packers and Seahawks, he threw seven for touchdowns, zero interceptions and 730 yards. The Falcons maintained the eighth-highest-scoring offense in NFL history. A team that produces numbers like this is not someone you want to face. This game is going to be exciting to watch and can potentially be very historic for Atlanta fans as this will be the Falcons’ second time in franchise history to go to the Super Bowl. The last time they went was in 1999, where they fell short to last year’s defending champions, the Denver Broncos.
This will not be a boring Super Bowl; it will be full of excitement because both teams’ offenses are expected to put on a show for the crowd on this magnificent world stage. I think the Patriots will score first; however, the Falcons will not trail behind by too much. Then in the second half, the Falcons will steal the lead and keep it to take them to victory with a predicted 34-31 score.
Rather than watching Super Bowl LI in your room, attend one of two Super Bowl parties taking place on campus. The first is the Resident Life Super Bowl Party, which will be held in the University Towers Activity Center, starting at 5:30 p.m., and will include pizza, snacks, soda and a chance at $700 in prizes for those who attend. The other Super Bowl Party will be hosted by Andrews University Student Association, and will take place in the Campus Center Recreation Center, starting at 5:30 p.m.