Super Bowl Recap

So, Super Bowl LI was crazy, and I’m sure at least 30 records were broken or tied in that game. There was a whole lot of completions and points, so I will write about the turning point that led the Patriots through a 25 point comeback.

First, the Falcons’ offense started out strong, with a quick 21-0 lead that extended to 28-3 in the second quarter. Their defense showed some skill and athleticism as well. They had a pick 6 and multiple sacks and hits on Tom Brady. By the end of the second quarter, pretty much everyone thought that the falcons were sure to win.

After halftime, the Patriots didn’t get going right away. They only scored 9 points – one of which was a touchdown with a missed extra point – but at least their defense didn’t allow any more points.

However, they got the perfect jumpstart. Down 28-12, they knew they couldn’t allow any more points. With the Falcons in perfect field goal range, all they needed was a turnover. At that very moment, they get exactly what they wished for. As Matt Ryan takes the snap, Dont’a Hightower comes running straight through the offensive line and sacks Ryan, forcing a fumble and getting the Patriots back on offense.

With Tom Brady back on the field, they get the easy touchdown and 2-point conversion, making it a one score game with 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter. The Falcons get a huge sense of urgency and crosses into field goal range quickly. Now it’s the Patriots turn to get pumping. 2 sacks from Dont’a Hightower means that the Falcons are out of field goal range. After the punts, the Patriots make an incredible play. Tom throws a laser toward Julian Edelman, but it’s tipped! Edelman dives for it, catches it, drops it, doesn’t touch the ground, and catches it again! This play could rival the helmet catch from Super Bowl XLII or the circus catch from Super Bowl XLIX. Close to the end zone, the patriots score another 8 point TD and throws the game into overtime.

In overtime (the first OT in Super Bowl history) the Patriot win the coin toss and gets the ball. With perfect passes from Tom to Amendola, Edelman, and Hogan, James White sprints into the endzone and wins Brady’s 5th Super Bowl.

What an exciting game! The largest comeback in super bowl history ever and packed full of incredible plays! I can’t wait for Super Bowl LII and what it will bring.

Super Bowl

So, the teams in the Super Bowl are decided, and is will be a Patriots Falcons game in Houston. I think the Patriots have a better chance of winning for a couple of reasons.

1. Defense: I know it’s surprising that I am talking about how good the Patriots defense is, but they are the highest scoring defense in the NFL. Not the best defense, as they do allow a lot of yards, but in the red zone, they are very successful at making stops and forcing the other team to go for 3.

2. Adaptability: This is a major factor, and I think that because their defense is very consistent no matter what team they play. A lot of people thought that the Steelers would win the AFC championship because the Patriots have not played any good teams for a long time. However, the Steelers, even though they were a better team than the Texans, still got stopped in the same way as the Texans.

3. Coverage: I think that people think that the Falcons will win because Julio Jones will go off for a ton of yards and touchdowns. Frankly, I think that is not the key. The Patriots have some great safeties and defensive backs, so the real way is probably going to be to get the running backs going — for the Patriots and the Falcons.

These are some reasons why the Patriots can wil Super Bowl 51. Maybe I will do why the Falcons can win next week.

NFL playoff picture

As we are nearing the Super Bowl in Feb. 3, I want to take a look at the playoffs for the next few weeks.

AFC

Patriots vs Texans: I definitely think the Patriots are going to win this one. With JJ Watt out and nothing going on their offense, the Texans are going to have a rough time in New England, especially with the cold up in Massachusetts. The NFL favors the Patriots by 15 points, and I think this is a straight ticket to the conference championships.

Steelers vs Chiefs: To me, this is surprise that the Chiefs even made it this far in the playoffs. This will still be a good matchup, and I think the steelers might edge out the Chiefs and play the Pats in the conference championships.

NFC

Cowboys vs Packers: This will be tough for both teams. I think this will depend on injuries and defense. both teams have an incredible quarterback and receiver matchup, and I think the Packers’ offensive line will give Aaron Rodgers some time to get rid of the ball. No predictions for this game.

Seahawks vs Falcons: Again, a very good matchup. I think the Seahawks running game and defense might turn the tide in their favor, but the Atlanta offense might push through and become a major factor. Again, no predictions.

These games will be very exciting, and I can’t wait for the games this weekend

Update: Patriots, Cowboys, and Seahawks

Patiots: If you’ve read my Super Bowl predictions, you know that the Patriots are my favorite team. I haven’t lost hope in them yet, but I am concerned about Rob Gronkowski’s health. He needs surgery in his back and will be out for 8 weeks at best. The Super Bowl is in 9 weeks, so he might play there if the Patriots do well in the playoffs. I am also concerned about the Patriots’ defense, because they have been letting easily defended catches and runs slip through.

Cowboys: A lot of you guys were mad because I didn’t put the Cowboys on my Super Bowl predictions, and here’s why: Although the Cowboys have a.decent record, there’s no way they will start Dak Prescott over a healthy Tony Romo. Some might argue, but once Tony Romo starts, I think they do not have a great chance of making the Super Bowl. Still plausible, but not likely.

Seahawks: The Seahawks still have a fine offense and a great defense, but one thing bothers me, Earl Thomas III is injured, and he is the player that makes incredible defensive plays. Now, I think the Seahawks defense might not be as impenetrable as it was before.

Super Bowl Predictions

So, this year’s Super Bowl will definitely be pretty unpredictable. Here are my guesses on who will go to the 51st Super Bowl.

AFC

1. Patriots- I think that the Pats have a very good chance to get to the Super Bowl. They have a commanding lead in the AFC with a 6 – 1 record. This is personally my favorite team, but I’m not being biased about this.

2. Broncos- After their win in Super Bowl 50, I think the Broncos still might get far in the playoffs, even with a new QB. Whether or not they will make the Super Bowl is yet to be decided.

3. Texans- the Texans actually are putting together a very good run this year, as they currently have the same record as the Steelers. This is mainly because of Brock Osweiler, who led the Broncos to defeat the Pats last season.

4. Steelers- I think they actually have less of a chance of getting to the Super Bowl this year than last, just because of all the competition that they have. Nonetheless, they still have a decent run.

NFC

1. Seahawks- The Seahawks probably have a chip on their shoulder after the Malcolm Butler interception to win the 49th Super Bowl. So far they are doing a bit better than last year with a 4-1-1 record as of the time that I’m writing this. Yes, the offense is a bit choppy, but the defense is still probably the best in the league. So the 4 time #1 defense still has a shot of getting another Super Bowl ring.

2. Cardinals- The Cards are doing very well this year, especially their offense. If their defense & special teams can get it together, then they have a great chance of making the Super bowl.

3. Giants- Yes, I know the Giants don’t have a great record this year, but I  still have a feeling that they can make it pretty far in the playoffs.

4.  Packers- It will be hard to predict whether or not Green Bay will make it to the Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers is very unpredictible and could possibly lead them to a victory in the playoffs.

In conclusion, Super Bowl 51 will definitely be unpredictable, and I am very excited to see who will go all the way.