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Divisional Championship Recap

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Jan 22, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after a touchdown by running back LeGarrette Blount (not pictured) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter in the 2017 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 22, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after a touchdown by running back LeGarrette Blount (not pictured) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter in the 2017 AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The stage has been set. The Atlanta Falcons will take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. Neither game this weekend was super exciting, both games were in hand pretty early on and it was just a matter of holding the lead. The Falcons are looking like the deadliest offense the NFL has seen in a very long time, Matty Ice has five plus options every time he drops back to throw the ball and if nothing else, Julio Jones has the jump to make Neo second guess himself. Tom Brady has not faced a more prolific offense in a Super Bowl in his entire career and all eyes are going to be on Matt Patricia to see how anyone can stop this Southern attack. The Packers and Steelers were both subjected to unfortunate injuries this season and especially this week as the Packers lost Micah Hyde, TJ Lang and had a hobbled Jordy Nelson going against a healthy Atlanta team. Le’Veon Bell was injured prior to this game and his groin was not good enough to go this week, without Bell in the rush and pass attack the Steelers were left out to dry on offense. Dan Quinn is a product of the Seattle Seahawks coaching staff, let’s just hope he knows what play to call if it comes down to the one yard line against New England.

 

 299        Atlanta Falcons

Last Game: Win vs Green Bay, 44-21

The Falcons made quick work of the Packers this weekend in a game that wasn’t even really that. The Packers had been fighting injuries all year long and Aaron Rodgers can only do so much with the pieces around him. That’s not to take anything away from the Falcons, aside from the very beginning of the year this team has been in tremendous form. Matt Ryan is on the short list to be the MVP and as long as he has Julio to throw to, this offense is going to be silly for as long as that relationship stays healthy.

y71myf8mlwlk8lbgagh3fd5e0        New England Patriots

Last Game: Win vs Pittsburgh, 36-17

I called it weeks ago, the Patriots are going to win the Super Bowl. This is going to be a shoot out for sure, the only difference is that this is Tom Brady’s seventh Super Bowl and Matt Ryan’s first. The lights, the press, the pressure are all things that Tom deals with on a daily basis, it is going to be interesting to see how Matt Ryan copes. Ryan is going to want to take it all in, but you have to stay focused at the same time. This could be one of the most offensive Super Bowls to date, let’s hope both sides show up.