New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts after throwing a touchdown pass. This brotherhood is so strong.they're playing for something bigger than themselves.
Matt Ryan could cap off a great season with a Super Bowl win. He went to the NFC Championship Game to watch the Atlanta Falcons blow out the Green Bay Packers, 44-21. The opening line had the Patriots as 5-point favorites, and the line has gone up to 6-point favorites for the championship game.
The Patriots outgained the Steelers 432-368 and Brady was almost flawless. Belichick now stands alone as a coach with his seven Super Bowl berths, breaking a tie with Don Shula (six).
In fact, throughout the game - which Goodell elected not to attend, opting instead for the NFC Championship in Atlanta - New England fans repeatedly chanted about Goodell. Brady also had his 11th 300-yard postseason game, extending his National Football League record, completing 32 of 42 throws.
Despite being suspended for the first four games of the season, Bell still ended the season fifth in the National Football League in rushing yards with 1,268, also punching in seven touchdowns.
Eight of the 10 playoff games this season have been truly bad. This Super Bowl is a legacy builder for those two men. Their previous SuperBowl appearance saw the team lose 34-19 in 1999, at SuperBowl XXXIII.
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The Falcons quarterback is red-hot heading into Super Bowl LI, but the Patriots do have a clear edge in the experience department, and not just at quarterback. Bell will probably break 100 yards and a get a TD but ultimately this could be one of those Brady marching his team down the field in the last 2 minutes type deals.
The Patriots are still without TE Rob Gronkowski, who had season-ending back surgery, but Brady still has a number of weapons that will allow him to spread the ball around.
Denver's Super Bowl history didn't start with John Elway. The Falcons have only been this far one time before, long before their second-year coach won his players over with a message of unity, love and toughness that landed them in the Super Bowl.
For Harmon, it's his second trip to the Super Bowl in four seasons in the NFL.
Brady, who in the past has been seen with one of Trump's signature "Make America Great Again" baseball caps, acknowledged he had been in regular contact with Trump over the years.
It hasn't happened yet, but the Patriots could have the defense that could slow down the Falcons' ultra-explosive offense. The way both Ryan and Brady are going, you have to lean over that high total.