Today's the day, the most glorious day in sports, Super Bowl Sunday. Two weeks of hype, two weeks of over-analyzing every detail, and it all leads up to a game in which no one can predict. The Super Bowl is unlike every other football game, it's so long, and the microscope is on the players for two weeks leading up to the game, so some players can be put out of their comfort zone by this. Once the players take the field who knows what's running through their head, sometimes you get a battle for the ages, a game that you'll remember where you were when you watched it, and sometimes you'll get a game like Super Bowl 48 where it's supposed to be a legendary matchup, only for it to turn out to be a blowout. Still, it's our civic duty as more than just a casual sports fan to make predictions for how we believe the game will turn out, and that's what I'm here to do.
First off let me start by saying, this is the 6th time the #1 ranked scoring defense will go up against the #1 ranked scoring offense, and the defense is 4-1 in the previous matchups. Advantage Patriots. This will also be the 9th time since 2000 that the MVP will be playing in the big game, the MVP's are 0-8 in the Super Bowl. Advantage Patriots. Brady, Belichick, and 21 other players for the Patriots have played in the Super Bowl compared to the Falcons having just 5 players who have every experienced a game of this magnitude. Advantage Patriots. It seems like every way I look at it the Patriots have the advantage over the Falcons in this Super Bowl matchup, and that's exactly why I think we're headed for a stinker of a Super Bowl. By no means do I want the game to go that way, but I think we're all going to be very disappointed with the way this game plays out.
Patriots win 38-24, and in reality it'll feel like the Patriots won by a lot more since it'll be so easy for them. Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, and the rest of the Falcons offensive weapons have been the subject of discussion in many debates for why the Falcons have a chance, well here's why they don't have a chance. Belichick does an incredible job of taking away the opposing team's best player, in this case that's Julio Jones. He'll have either Rowe or Ryan on him with safety help over the top all game to limit Jones to just short stuff. If the Pats can wrap up and tackle Julio shouldn't kill them like expected. Malcolm Butler will be following Mohammed Sanu around taking him out of the game completely. Belichick used to do this with Revis all the time, he'd put him on the second best receiver, and just take him out of the game completely. As for the two headed dragon at running back, the Patriots run defense is one of the best in the league, so even though the Falcons will have fresh legs in the backfield at all times, I believe the Patriots will limit the run game since their front 7 has been doing it all year. Taylor Gabriel is the only one I could see having a huge day for the Falcons on the offensive side. As for the Falcons defense, Brady is going to tear apart this pathetic excuse for a defense. If the Pats get an early lead and the Falcons have to play catch up they have no shot, so the Falcons defense has to get stops early if they want to have a chance. Vic Beasley needs to have the game of his life and the interior lineman need to get some push, so Brady can't step up into the pocket. If the Falcons can strike first, and have the offense firing on all cylinders they might have a chance. If not it's going to be a miserable day for the Falcons and their fans, but more importantly it's going to be another Super Bowl bust, which I totally cannot handle.
Praying my prediction is wrong and we get a Super Bowl like Seahawks-Patriots in 2015, but I just can't see that happening today.