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In fairness, the best team doesn't always, or even often, win the Super Bowl.

It also helps his case tremendously that his team made it to its first Super Bowl in almost two decades. Everyone had an opinion on this phenomenon, my own being that it was caused by an oversaturation of football, a lot of mediocre games, and a lack of positive story lines following the retirement of Peyton Manning, the suspension of Tom Brady and the underwhelming performance of other high-profile quarterbacks.

Many in the National Football League world assumed that when Brady returned from his four-game Deflategate suspension, his revenge tour would begin.

Coincidentally enough, the last time Brady played indoors came in Houston when the Patriots beat the Texans 27-6 in December 2015. New England finished with 1,872 rushing yards, seventh-most in the NFL.

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The Patriots won their ninth conference championship with a 36-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 22. The Falcons were tied for third with plus-11.

Predicting Belichick's game plans are about as easy as forecasting the weather, but it's highly likely the Patriots will double cover Jones. He signed a one-year $2.375 million contract this season and has said he would've played for $5.

And tight end Martellus Bennett, who took on a much larger role when Rob Gronkowski underwent back surgery, has been a huge contributor in his blocking and receiving. Already leaders in many all-time regular season and playoff records, a win on Sunday would put them in a category all to themselves.

The Patriots are 4-4 in their eight Super Bowls appearances - here is a video tour of the previous appearances.

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The Falcons have become an offensive juggernaut due to their numerous offensive weapons.

Brady told ESPN that he remembered playing against the Falcons in a 2010 joint preseason practice and that he was impressed with Ryan's poise and leadership. The Falcons defense has not been statistically great but they have managed to limit some of the best quarterbacks in the playoffs. Still though, it's awfully hard to bet against Tom Brady in a Super Bowl.

The Patriots aren't going to play zone all night either because Patricia is going to need to keep the Falcons offense guessing. Belichick is known for taking away a team's biggest threat, and in this case, that's wide receiver Julio Jones.

Freeman is one of several players who could take advantage of his current situation and cash out big moving forward (more on that here). Even with the absence of Gronk, Brady has been able to use WRs Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan as well as TE Martellus Bennett to rip apart opposing secondaries. There are two great offenses, but I think with Tom Brady's experience, the Patriots are going to win. Nothing that has happened in the past is going to help us win this game.

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If the Atlanta Falcons are to knock off the most dominant team of the last 15 years, quarterback Matt Ryan will have to target his secondary weapons early and often.

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