There is the small matter of the Super Bowl LI being settled on the weekend. The 51st edition of the spectacle is being hosted in Houston, Texas and it features the favourites the New England Patriots taking on underdogs the Atlanta Falcons, who not many would have predicted to be showing up in the showcase match of the season. The Falcons juggernaut has seemingly come from nowhere at all and as the season wore on, they just got better and better defensively.
The Falcons were 80/1 to win the Super Bowl back before the start of the season, so you can read into that the magnitude of the dark horse story that they have pulled out of their hat. Their hopes will be resting on the shoulders of quarterback Matt Ryan being able to handle the pressure well enough to give the Falcons a shot in this one. He has produced the goods over the course of the regular season and postseason, but how will it be for him in the cauldron of the Super Bowl?
Veteran quarterback Tom Brady, arguably one of the game’s greatest, is used to this pressure and after having claimed his 14th division title in the last 16 years, and after missing the first four games of the season because of the ‘Deflategate’ suspension handed out by NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, Brady has the chance go up to the Commissioner’s face and take the trophy from him on Sunday. What a sweet moment that would be for Brady. The Pats are 4/6 for the win, with the Falcons at 13/10 with Bet365.
The Patriots have gone up against the Falcons four times before with Brady at the helm and he has guided them to a win in each of them, twice against Matt Ryan opposing him at quarterback. The Falcons have gone offensively well this season, but the defence that the Pats have put out has been immense and they have covered a 7 point spread in each of hiter last seven games this season.
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