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Old 02-01-2017, 06:20 PM
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No lose scenario

Sunday can't come quick enough, this is very exciting (for me).

I spent my first 24 years alive 20 miles west of Boston, grew up a Boston sports fan.

1990 - moved to Atlanta for work. Have gotten married, have 5 kids that have grown up here and now I get the Falcons vs. Patriots. YES!

I thought in the 90's the Braves vs RedSox would happen, never did. This is great.

The win would mean so much to Atlanta and the fans (this team is for real btw anyone that doubts their ability). BUT, I am hoping the Patriots win for payback and legacy reasons.

While the non-NE parts of the country likely are rooting for the Falcons, I am ok if they win too. 27 years here and quite comfortable with home team 1B winning.

Either way, can't wait.

The last two rounds I predicted the games 6-0. In the Divisional round, I picked the 4 games and scores within 12 total points. Will post a prediction for the super bowl tomorrow on this post. Go Patriots or Falcons!
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Old 02-01-2017, 09:24 PM
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Patriots vs. Falcons, SuperBowl 51

This Sunday’s game has me in a no-lose scenario. While either team winning would give me reasons to be happy, I am rooting for the Patriots for payback and legacy reasons.

NFL playoff games have been somewhat easy to predict this year, or maybe when picking your very good favorite teams your biased picks work out?

Regardless, this game offers some great match ups. The Falcons offense is exceptionally explosive and the Patriot defense will need to produce a turnover at some point. It is hard to imagine the Falcons not scoring 30+. While the Patriot D is light years ahead of the Packer injury ravaged defense from two weeks ago, they need to play close to a perfect game. They will have to figure out how to contain the duo of Freeman and Coleman, both as runners and as receivers. Why focus on these two, because Julio, Sanu, Gabriel and the tight ends always seem to be open. Ryan will get his yards.

The Patriots offense has seemingly been overlooked by some. Ha! If the Falcons were not playing at a very high level the Patriots offense would be considered the best in the league, even without Gronk.

Edelman is overlooked despite being a tremendous performer for a bunch of years. Hogan provided good route running and picked up slack recently from Gronk. While the Falcons have a tremendous duo in the backfield in Freeman and Coleman, the Patriots (again under the radar) have a three headed running back problem for teams. Blount can pound it, Lewis can do it all and White is elusive and a great 3rd option. The key in my opinion is Bennett. Without Gronk he has made some plays but hasn’t gone huge recently. He has been dealing with injuries but look for him to get one or two touchdown catches.

The Falcon defense has been greatly improved in the second half of the season, they have bought into the whole team brotherhood/ship togetherness. They play hard, hit hard and have youth as their advantage.

Special teams will play a huge part in the game. Both kickers are very good and reliable. Coverage teams sometimes in super bowls are too hyped and take penalties and make mistakes. This is where I think the Patriots get one turnover.

I think the Patriots score in the first quarter, they haven’t in Brady’s six other trips (somehow). I think they trade points more or less in a first half that sees a score somewhere around 17-14 with the Patriots leading at the break.

In the second half, one or more turnovers by the Falcons gives the Patriots a little bigger edge until late in the 4th, then the Falcons come screaming back and make it a one score game late.

Final score, Patriots 37 Falcons 33.
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Old 02-02-2017, 08:16 AM
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:09 AM
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:37 AM
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I just hope its a good game! I think it will be.
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Old 02-02-2017, 11:55 AM
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Old 02-02-2017, 03:07 PM
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Go Pats!!!

Should be a great game!
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the packers blew their wad getting past the Cowboys, it would have been a good game between the Cowboys and the Falcons ... I don't have a dog in this fight but I work with a bunch of people from NH that are avid Pats fans (and I'm going to NH on Monday and will have to listen to them brag or whine depending on the outcome).
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close to game time, any predictions?
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Falcons by 3... with questionable ref calls against Pats... because of all the hoopla..
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