Patriots Take On Atlanta Falcons In Super Bowl LI

Posted February 2, 2017 by Andrew Luke in Sports
The final chapter of the 2016 season, Super Bowl LI. Photo Credit: charnsitr

Stop me if you’ve heard this before; the New England Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl. Fans in Boston have gotten quite used to hearing that of late, and after the Patriots’ decisive win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game, the Patriots are only one win away from their fifth Lombardi Trophy.

New England has arrived in Houston, Texas to take on the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI on Sunday, February 5th. It is an NFL record ninth appearance in a Super Bowl for a franchise, along with an NFL-record seventh appearance for Head Coach Bill Belichick.

The Patriots in every way handled their business in the AFC Championship. The Steelers looked lost in every facet of the game. The defense never let Ben Roethlisberger get going and held Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown in check.

Brady had no problem moving the ball at will, completing 32-of-42 passes for a franchise-record 384 yards and three touchdowns. Almost half of those yards went to one receiver – Chris Hogan. The unlikely hero of the game caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns.

The Patriots will need Hogan and likely help from everyone else when they take on the Falcons’ high-flying offense. Atlanta finished the season with the number-one ranked offense in the NFL and QB Matt Ryan just might challenge Brady for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. Patriots DB Malcolm Butler will have his hands full trying to stop what could quite possibly be the best wide receiver in the league in Julio Jones. Atlanta comes loaded with an arsenal of weapons. If you can stop Jones, you only have to worry about their other reliable wide outs in Mohamed Sanu and the speedy Taylor Gabriel. Running backs Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman also provide Atlanta with a two-headed monster that is more than capable of moving the ball on the ground.

As scary as Atlanta looks on paper, on the field they might be the closest thing to the “Greatest Show on Turf” anyone has seen in a while. So while Super Bowl LI will feature the league’s top scoring offense with the Falcons, it will also feature the league’s top scoring defense with the Patriots. History will favor the Patriots in this matchup. Of the five times the number-one ranked offense took on the number-one defense in the Super Bowl, the number-one defense came out on top four of the five times.

It seems like forever since the biggest news in the NFL was star QB Tom Brady getting suspended for his role in “Deflategate.” That’s a thing of the past now, nothing but a distant memory as the Patriots – and all of New England – prepare for the biggest game of the year. Next week, we may just see those duck boats as they get ready for yet another championship parade through downtown Boston.

Although almost every television in Boston will have the game on, some establishments will be hosting Super Bowl parties.

Precinct Kitchen & Bar (350 Stuart St) will be hosting a Sam Adams-sponsored party with beer and the Precinct bar menu available from 5 p.m., until the game ends. There will also be special giveaways and upstairs will be a 144-inch television screen with surround sound.

At Clerys (113 Dartmouth St) $25/person up front will get you a guaranteed table for your group, two beers, and an appetizer sampler platter. There’s also a wing-eating contest for patrons 21+.

McGreevy’s (911 Boylston St) offers one of the best football-watching atmospheres in all of Boston. There are plenty of televisions guaranteeing no bad seats, there are always game-day specials, and don’t forget about the confetti cannons.

No matter where you choose to watch the game, be sure to call ahead and see if tickets or reservations are required!