The Super Bowl: After the Fact
(written three days prior to the Super Bowl, this was our prediction)
By Cody Pendergrass
The Super Bowl is the biggest game in sports. Each year the two best teams go head to head to see which one is the best team in the league. This year it just so happens to be Tom Brady and the New England Patriots going against Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons.
The talk of the town is the QB match up: Tom Brady vs. Matt Ryan. From this, tons of questions have emerged: will Brady win his fifth super bowl ring or will Ryan win his first? Will Ryan be able to complete passes on New England’s secondary?
Atlanta Falcons has the number two ranked offense in the league, averaging a total of 33.8 points and 415.8 yards every game. But how will they face off with the number eight ranked defense in the game? This is one of the most talked about super bowl games in the century.
The predicted MVP of super bowl 51 for the patriots is none other than Tom Brady, who after serving a four game suspension, came back and threw 28 passing touchdowns with only two interceptions. Somebody who could possibly steal the spotlight from Brady is the RB LeGarrette Blount. The NFL has undersold Blount for years, but now he’s center stage. With 1,161 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns in the regular season he could be the key in keeping Atlanta’s hot offense off the field.
Of course Atlanta has other plans, and their own predicted MVPs. Matt Ryan is an exceptional QB, playing like an MVP most of the year. Ryan has a 69.9 percent pass completion with 38 passing touchdowns. One of Ryan’s go-to receivers and biggest weapon of the falcons offense Julio Jones is also predicted to be an MVP player. Totaling 1,409 yards and six receiving touchdowns, not including the 247 yards and three touchdowns through the postseason games. Jones is expected to show just how great of an athlete he is in this game.
All in all, I predict that the Patriots will win the game.