Championship Round Recap
The championship round usually offers up some of the best games we see all football season, but this year, the Falcons and Patriots stamped their tickets to the Super Bowl by winning in blowout fashion.
In Atlanta, an early missed field goal and a fumble in the red zone for the Packers set the tone for a game where the Falcons would score early and often with virtually no glimmer of hope throughout the entire game for Green Bay. Matt Ryan turned in one of the best championship game performances in history, throwing for almost 400 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for another.
The AFC saw a competitive first half, at least, but once Le’Veon Bell was sidelined with a groin injury, Pittsburgh’s offense was unable to keep up with New England and Tom Brady who picked apart the Steelers zone defense that refused to send extra pass rushers at Brady.
What to Watch for in the Super Bowl
Storyline to Watch – The Patriots Legacy
There’s no arguing that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have led New England to become one of the great dynasties in sports history. If the Pats are able to secure their fifth Championship in the Brady/Belichick era, the quarterback/coach duo may shoot to number one all time. Should they make it to the podium in Houston, the exchange between Brady and commissioner Roger Goodell will be the post-game highlight that everyone is looking for — remember that Brady was suspended for the first four games of 2016 for the now infamous Deflategate.
Player to Watch – Julio Jones
Any question about Jones’ health was put to rest against Green Bay, as Julio caught nine balls for 180 yards and two scores on Sunday. Bill Belichick is known for scheming to take away a team’s top offensive weapon, especially if that player is a wide receiver. Atlanta is so explosive, though, that Belichick may pull back from the all out approach that he usually deploys against a single player.
Best Prop Bets
Super Bowl weekend is about so much more than the game. Here are some of the best bets that you can make over the next two weeks that have nothing to do with the game:
Which song will Lady Gaga sing first during the halftime show?
Bad Romance -115
Born This Way +800
The Edge of Glory +900
Just Dance +1100
Poker Face +2500
Field – Any Other Song +165
Will Lady Gaga say “Trump” at any time during the Super Bowl halftime show?
How many commercials will Peyton Manning appear in during the Super Bowl broadcast?
Over 1.5 (+120)
Under 1.5 (-150)
Number of times Gisele Bundchen is shown during the broadcast
Over 1.5 (-120)
Under 1.5 (-110)
How many wings will Buffalo Wild Wings Sell on Super Bowl Day?
Over 12 million -120
Under 12 million -120
Will someone illegally enter the field of play Super Bowl LI?
Will Donald Trump tweet more than five times during the Super Bowl?