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2017 Super Bowl arrives with Match Up Teams

Jen Calzada, Sports Editor, Puma Press

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On Sunday Jan. 15, four NFL teams went head to head with one objective in mind: to have a chance at becoming the team heading to the 2017 Super Bowl. The four teams then turned into two when the Falcons, who hosted the Green Bay Packers, were the first team to have marked their spot for the Super Bowl with a score of 21-44, leaving the Packers out. The Patriots, who later hosted the Pittsburg Steelers, easily managed to be the team that would play the Falcons by winning the game with a score of 36-17.

The Falcons show consistency and ability for the second time being in a Super Bowl. The Falcons played the Denver Broncos in the 1999 Super Bowl, in which they lost with a score of 34-19. This will be Matt Ryan’s first time leading the Falcons to a Super Bowl; Ryan was recently named by the Association Press as an All Pro Quarterback, according to footballtalk.nbc. Ryan has passed a total of 38 touchdowns to his running backs along with 13 touchdown passes to his wide receivers, including Julio Jones. He helped his team become a part of the 2017 Super Bowl. The Falcons had a record of 11-5. Back in 2015, the team also welcomed new head coach, Dan Quinn. An improved team was definitely seen this season; the determination the Falcons will have on winning their first Super Bowl title will be something to look forward to on Super Bowl Sunday.

As for the Patriots, this will be their seventh time going to the Super Bowl. They’ve won a total of four Super Bowls in the years 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2015. Tom Brady and team continue to show why they are on the top AFC chart, even with tight end Gronkowski being injured. Brady and wide receiver Edelman have been a good combination when passing touchdown throws.

Both teams will now be on their way to Houston, where the Super Bowl will be hosted at the NRG Stadium on Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Performers will include Luke Bryan kicking off the game with the performance of the national anthem. Additionally, Lady Gaga will make an appearance with the halftime performance.



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