Well, Super Bowl 51 is set! It’s the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. The Pats are trying to get their fifth Super Bowl win and the Falcons are looking for their first. Both teams left no doubt in their Conference Championship games
In Atlanta, Matty Ice melted the Packer hopes early and closed out the Georgia Dome with a 44-21 thrashing of the Packers. All week long the talk was can Matt Ryan do what he did against Seattle? That answer was a resounding yes with 387 yards through the air and four touchdowns. The Falcons racked up 493 total yards against the Packers defense and the 44 points marks the second straight year that the NFC Champion posted a 40-point Conference Championship game with the Carolina Panthers put up 49 a year ago against Arizona.
In Foxborough, Tom Brady and the Patriots shredded the overmatched Steelers 37-16. Key to this game was while the Steelers scored field goals on their scoring drives, the Patriots scored touchdowns. Brady was once again magnificent by going 32-42 for 384 yards and three touchdown passes. This time the Patriots won a conference game without standout tight end Rob Gronkowski as he was injured during the Patriots playoff win in 2012 as they fell short in the AFC Championship game to the Baltimore Ravens.
These teams now will have two weeks to prepare for Super Bowl LI in Houston’s NRG Stadium. Arena Sportsnet will break down the matchup for the next two weeks and have full coverage of Super Bowl LI.