Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2017
Compiled by Jerry Tapp
Here’s a look at the final game for the NFL season, a matchup between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons ... and a handful of stats you need to know about this Super Bowl.
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Atlanta vs. New England
All-time series: New England leads the series 7-6
Playoffs: First meeting between the two teams in the playoffs
Last time: New England defeated Atlanta 30-23 in the 2013 season.
New England has won four straight over the Falcons ... six of the 13 games played between these two teams were decided by eight points or less.
The Pats and Falcons have played four games this century, all won by New England and coached by Bill Belichick: 2001 (24-10); 2005 (31-28); 2009 (26-10); 2013 (30-23). The two teams will play against each other in the regular season in the upcoming (2017) NFL season.
In the four games between the Pats and Falcons, New England QB Tom Brady has thrown nine touchdown passes for 1,193 yards. Brady’s Passer Rating in these four games were 124.4, 140.4, 87.1 and 119.8.
The Pats have had three runners gain 100 or more yards in a game versus Atlanta in the last four contests; Atlanta has not had a 100-yard rusher versus New England in the last four games. New England has had five 100-yard receivers in the last four games versus Atlanta; the Falcons have had three in those games.
The turnovers in the last four games in the series is tied at 3-3.
Atlanta has scored first in three of the last four games against the Patriots.
This is New England’s ninth Super Bowl appearance; they are 4-4 in the previous eight. Of the six Super Bowls played by the Patriots in the Bill Belichick years, each of the six games were decided by four points or less.
This is Atlanta’s second Super Bowl; they lost to Denver 34-19 on January 31, 1999.