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Pats/Falcons To Meet In The 51st Supe

January 23, 2017

It will be the New England Patriots seeking their 5th Super Bowl crown against the Atlanta Falcons, seeking their first, in this their 51st season, in the 51st Super Bowl on February 5th in Houston, Texas.

N.E. will be favored, I said originally by 4, now say 5 plus, (the line opened at 3–what are they telling us, but remember NE won 3 of their 4 Supe crowns by 3 points, the other by 4. Additionally their 2 Supe losses in the Belichick/Brady era, both to “Hack” teams with inferior records, (alas the “Pieman” had “Hack” and I fear that well healed “Ghlub” had “the odds” with Trump, whom he once met on a plane) were by 3 and 4 points in ’07 and ’11 respectively) in their 51st ‘offs game and 34th starting in ’01, all with Bill Belichick as coach and Tom Brady as their quarterback.

Atlanta built a (31-0) lead and ripped the Green Bay Packers. Matt Ryan, the one time Boston College quarterback who will be facing the New England Patriots for all the marbles, threw 4 touchdown passes and ran for another score as Atlanta reached their second Supe, squaring their title game/NFL semis record at (2-2), (1-1) home and away, winning (44-21).

The Pats made the faves (8-2) (8-2) in these ‘offs in a 6th over, riding Tom Brady’s 3 touchdown tosses in a (36-17) win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Julio Jones of Atlanta and Chris Hogan of “N.E.” were the receiving stars, each with a pair of touchdown grabs.

The two underdog victories even vs the spread were last Sunday, by the Packers and Steelers, however, yesterday as the home teams won both title tilts for the fourth straight season matching (’81-84), for the first time in nine occasions when “Pitts” and “GB” played post-season tilts on the same day, both lost.

 

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