All across America, sports fans will tune in to see the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons go head to head for Super Bowl 51 on Sunday, February 5th at 6:30pm. New England, 14-2 this season, is being met by Atlanta, who finished 11-5.
A look at New England
The Patriots are accustomed to winning, having won the AFC East championship 14 times in the past 16 seasons. During that time, they have also gone to the Super Bowl an astounding seven times and claimed four NFL titles. In this time, three things have remained constant: quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and Kraft family ownership. Tom Brady’s name has been in the news lately for more than just his athletic prowess- his anger with Roger Goodell and his friendship with President Trump have been discussed and scrutinized. When asked about these topics, Brady states he intends to focus on the game they have worked so hard to get to and “not let anything take away from that.”
Bill Belichick is considered a coaching great. Former NFL executive Michael Lombardi states, “Belichick doesn’t take away what the opponent does best, but what their individual players do best,” he writes. “It’s a subtle but crucial difference. He personally breaks down every offensive player to understand their strengths within their team’s scheme.” Will he be able to use this method against the Falcons on Sunday’s game?
As for Roger Kraft, he believes strongly in the concept of team, stating “It’s the great teams that win. It’s the teams that subjugate their ego to the team and put the team first.” This mentality has worked well for the Patriots so far.
What Atlanta brings to the table
The Atlanta Falcons may not have the Super Bowl experience that the Patriots have, but not many teams do. But, as Falcons’ corner Jalen Collins states, “You can’t win a game with experience. You gotta win it on the field.” The Falcons do have a great team, with two amazing players whom everyone will be watching on Sunday’s big game. Quarterback Matt Ryan comes to the Super Bowl following a six-game winning streak with 18 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Ryan appreciates how far he has come from his low rankings during his days at Boston College. Ryan states he was a “170-pound, triple-option quarterback,” and remembers being “a three-star guy.” Quintorris Lopez Jones, referred to as Julio, is the sole pass catcher in the league with an average of over 100 yards per game in four seasons. Atlanta’s offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan states, “Julio could catch a snowflake in a wind tunnel.” The Falcons have arguably one of the strongest offenses in the NFL and will be a strong contender for the win.
Why many of us tune in
While the game itself attracts viewers, the commercials and musical talent are considered a close second. Prior to the game, three former actresses from Broadway’s “Hamilton” will sing “America the Beautiful” during the pregame show. Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones starred as the Schuyler Sisters in the Tony Award-winning hit. Country star Luke Bryan will sing the national anthem. Bryan has sold more than eight million albums and his most recent album has reached 3.5 million in sales. The halftime show will feature Grammy Award winner Lady Gaga. This is her second time performing on the Super Bowl stage, after performing the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50.
As for the commercials, Mr. Clean has a brand new sexy image while Budweiser features an advertisement where an immigrant is greeted with calls of “You’re not wanted here! Go back home!” -being aired very closely to President Trump’s contentious immigration ban.
More than athletes
Only one team can bring home the trophy and once the crowds disperse, the players continue to work hard on and off the field. Both teams have drafted men of caliber who give back to the community. Many people benefit from the good deeds of the Patriots, as they lead programs such as Game Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership and Pro Bono Legal Services Alliance. Retired players and coaches continue to give back and also speak to the community. Former New England Patriots wide receiver, Troy Brown, works with various charities through the Bartrum Brown Football Camp and Troy Brown Fantasy Football Camp. Curtis Martin, former running back for the Patriots, started the Curtis Martin Job Foundation. He works with single mothers and Surgicorps, an organization that brings doctors to third-world countries.
The Falcons create and run various programs in the community, including Toys for Tots, First Down for Fitness, and Green Team. Matt Ryan supported Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta during the My Cause My Cleats week in the NFL. Tony Gonzalez, who was a tight end for the Falcons, is known for his work with Shadow Buddies, which are dolls given to ill individuals to help speed their recovery.
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