Super Bowl LI: flight or might?

Written by Caleb Begley
February 2, 2017

This coming Sunday, the championship of the National Football League will be decided. The match between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots is, as all Super Bowls are, widely anticipated by everyone, not only in America, but on our campus. The Student Association (SA) is holding a viewing party in Iles Gym on Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Kit Clements, social vice president and senior animation major, said that the party this Sunday will include a free pizza dinner for all attendees. She also said that the half time performance will not be aired. Instead, SA will offer an ice cream bar. “I’m a New York Giants fan, but if I had to make a prediction I would pick the Patriots to win,” Clements said.

“Pats offense has hardly any weaknesses,” Jackson Mowrer, sophomore history major. “Four wins without their quarterback and they still go 3 to 1. That record is also a testament to their defense. Atlanta has yet to see a defense like New England.”

Kyle Harris, senior history major, voiced doubts about New England’s defense. “Although New England’s offense is good, their defense has been weak since the last Super Bowl.”

Both teams have excellent offensive units that are sure to put on a show in Houston on Sunday night. Patriots offense Matt Ryan and the Falcons led the NFL in offense this season, while Tom Brady and the Patriots came in not too far behind.

“Atlanta’s dynamic offense with Coleman, Julio Jones and Matt Ryan could potentially leave New England’s overwhelmed,” Harris said. “New England will have to force Atlanta to be one-dimensional. The game will probably come down to a few plays in the fourth quarter.”

This is the Falcons second time making it to the Superbowl. With the Patriots’ experience, they have the upper hand in Sunday’s game. One thing is for sure, it will be an exciting game and arguably one of the best Super Bowl’s we have ever witnessed.