How Super Bowl LI can be the greatest of all-time
The Patriots-Falcons Heavyweight has the potential to be one
of the greatest championships in not just the league, but in all of sports. The
No. 1 defense-vs.-No. 1 offense matchup in this year’s Super Bowl gives the
possibility of becoming one of the most entertaining title games of all-time.
The hype from Super Bowl LI is reminiscent
to the College Football Playoff Championship, the star-studded matchup: No. 1
Alabama and No. 2 Clemson, featured the best defenses as well as offenses in
the league. The CFP Championship certainly had lived up to the hype with going
down to the wire, proving that they were
the two best teams in the league.
The football world was spoiled with an
incredible rematch and one of the greatest title games in the history of
sports, will we be blessed with another crowd-pleaser?
Super Bowl LI also has implications
that are similar of the Alabama-Clemson matchup. Winning for New England means more
than just glory, it means greatness.
The Patriots’ seventh Super Bowl
appearance reflects Alabama’s dominant College Football Playoff run under the
Nick Saban, with their fifth BCS title appearance in since 2009.
If the Falcons win, it would mean an entirety
of things – more than just satisfaction or praise, rather with honor. For many,
it would be well deserved if the Atlanta defeats all odds in defeating England,
as they should.
Whether fans are rooting for Matt Ryan
and company because they are underdogs, or they just simply hate the Patriots,
this showdown has significances that could be destined for either team. The
underdog position could work in favor for Atlanta, being a sleeper with the
best offense in the league might not be so bad.
Can Matt Ryan pull off a Deshaun Watson-like
performance this Sunday?
The Patriots and Falcons matchup well
with their high-artillery of offensive/defensive weapons. It will hard to see that
many mismatches, even with Julio Jones on the field, because New England has
some of the best defensive backs in the NFL.
The Patriots defense will definitely
have double coverage on Julio Jones, hell maybe even triple-team coverage. The
next question is if New England will be able to slow him down, and if they do, Sanu
and Gabriel will have step it up.
The good news for Atlanta is, if Julio
Jones is completely blanketed, they will look to their high-flying running
backs for help. All season long, New England has yet to face a two-running back
set in the backfield like the Falcons have.
If the Falcons utilize the talents of
Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman in someway, shape or form, they will be very
hard to stop. Tom Brady will have to play ‘catch up’ in order to keep up with Atlanta’s
I suspect Matt Ryan will have a good
game along with Julio Jones, but Atlanta’s running back duo will be the X-factor
of Super Bowl LI.
Photo by Keith Allison from Baltimore, USA (Tom Brady) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons