On Sunday, Super Bowl LI will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots.
It will be the veteran duo of coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady from New England against the newbie duo of head coach Dan Quinn and Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan.
For New England this represents an opportunity to win a title even after Brady was suspended the first four games of the regular season. If New England wins, Brady and the team will be handed the Vince Lombardi trophy by commissioner Roger Goodell, who suspended Brady.
A win would be the fifth time both Brady and Belichick have won the Super Bowl, which would set NFL records for both quarterback and coach.
A win would further solidify the pair’s status as two of the best ever in the NFL as head coach and quarterback.
The game will feature the No. 1 scoring offense of Atlanta against the No. 1 scoring defense of New England. One big question many are asking is if the New England defense can shut down the prolific offense of the Falcons.
Ryan and his favorite target Julio Jones lead an explosive offensive attack that has easily won its two previous playoff games.
One big matchup to watch will be Atlanta’s Jones against New England cornerback Malcolm Butler. Belichick is known for taking away the top option of his opponent. Jones is the top option but it will be difficult to take him out of the game.
No one is sure what the Patriots will do against Jones, but it likely is he will be covered by more than one player and pulled, poked and bothered on each offensive play.
New England has its usual offensive stars in Brady, LaGarrette Blount and Julian Edelman, but Chris Hogan has stepped into the circle as surprise star at wide out for the Patriots.
Hogan caught 9 passes for 180 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Steelers in the AFC title game.
It is never easy beating Brady and his teammates, but the New York Giants showed if Brady is constantly pressured play after play, he could be rattled and beaten.
However, being successful in putting on the pressure is not easy for any team, especially an Atlanta defense that is its weakest link.
After taking into consideration all the stats, numbers and trends, it might just come down to jerseys.
New England is wearing its white jerseys and the team wearing white jerseys has won 11 of the past 12 Super Bowls.