Feb 1, 2017
Feb 1, 2017

Who will win Super Bowl LI?

Who will win Super Bowl LI?
The time has come. The wait is over. On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons are facing the New England Patriots in a match that will decide which is the best team in this year's NFL. Who will get to take home the Vince Lombardi trophy? Read on to find out.

Sunday’s game will be the seventh Super Bowl this century for the New England Patriots (1.671*) and their head coach and quarterback pairing of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. The Atlanta Falcons (2.35*) on the other hand, last made a Super Bowl appearance in 1999.


Atlanta’s quarterback, Matt Ryan, has comfortably eclipsed his good, but not great career to date. He has thrown efficiently, with accuracy and has found the end zone with greater regularity than ever before.

His average net yardage per passing attempt is nearly two yards longer than typically allowed by the defenses he has faced and he is backed up by a ground game that over achieves by half a yard per carry.

This array of offensive talent has scored 33.8 regular season points per game against (ppg) defenses that have allowed an average of just 24 ppg.

Points match ups suggest Atlanta being restricted to 24 points, compared to the 28 scored by New England, although Super Bowls tend to be higher scoring than a similar regular season meeting.

The Falcons are less impressive defensively, being only average against the pass and allowing opponents half a yard more per play than they typically gain and they concede two more points per game than their opponents typically score.

As ever, New England has seamlessly dealt with injuries and suspension and dominated as an efficient passing team.

The Patriots fail to match Ryan’s numbers and are below par on the ground, but passing for 1.2 yards per attempt longer than their opponents usually allow is still very impressive. They score 4.5 points more per game than their opponents typically concede.

They are a merely average pass defense, but much better against the run and allow a standout 15.6 ppg to be scored by offenses who on average score 21 ppg.

Potentially the offensive and defensive match ups should produce a high scoring, pass orientated game.

Both teams should efficiently move the ball through the air, with Atlanta shading this particular contest and New England should have more success on the ground.

Points match ups suggest Atlanta being restricted to 24 points, compared to the 28 scored by New England, although Super Bowls tend to be higher scoring than a similar regular season meeting.

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