Sunday, January 22, 2017

Falcons, Patriots Advance to Super Bowl

It will be the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI in two weeks.
The Falcons crushed the Green Bay Packers, 44-21 while the Patriots blasted the Pittsburgh Steelers, 36-17 to move on to the Super Bowl for a record ninth time, including the seventh time in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (pictured left) had four touchdown passes (and one rushing TD) along with 392
passing yards while wide receiver Julio Jones caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the Atlanta defense harassed Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (287 pass yards, three TD, one interception) all game long, which included two sacks.
It's the Falcons first trip to the Super Bowl since the 1998 season, when they lost to the Denver Broncos in that one in what was Broncos' Hall-of-Fame QB John Elway's last game.

Tom Brady and the Patriots are Super Bowl bound again
In New England, the Patriots dominated the Steelers in a rout as QB Tom Brady threw for 384 yards and three scores while his main targets were wideouts Chris Hogan (9 receptions for 180 yards, two
TD) and Julian Edelman, who had eight receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown.
The Patriots defense bent, but did not break as they limited Pittsburgh to just 17 points and gathered two turnovers. Steelers star running back Le'Veon Bell was limited to just six carries for 20 yards and left the game in the first half with a groin injury and didn't return for the remainder of the game.
So now it is on to Houston and Super Bowl LI for the Patriots as Brady looks to become the all-time leader in Super Bowl victories for a quarterback while Belichick attempts to do likewise among NFL Head Coaches in a career.

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