One team was expected to be there, the other was not. One team is experienced and proven, the other is young and hungry. A compelling match-up featuring a future hall-of-game quarterback and a future league MVP signal-caller, to be named Saturday.
I had the Packers facing the Patriots in Super Bowl LI in Houston, which will be televised on FOX 25/48 in Western Wisconsin at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Many national prognosticators had New England in the Super Bowl, which should again shatter all-time television viewership records.
My prediction was made in early September before the regular-season started. I picked veteran-laden New England to prevail over veteran-laden Green Bay, and received some interested feedback from the Green Bay faithful via phone and email.
My personal favorite was the gentleman who despises everything New England and inquired on my education, background, parents, and height—or lack thereof.
The gentleman told me the Packers would win the game and he would call after the Super Bowl to regal me with his prognostication prowess. We’ll see if he follows through on Monday.
There seems to be no middle ground for football fans when it comes to New England, coached by Bill Belichick and led by quarterback Tom Brady and a bend-but-don’t-break defense. The Falcons are three-point favorites and are spearheaded by probable league-MVP Matt Ryan and the league’s most potent offense.
Mike Ditka, former Chicago head coach and ESPN analyst, is going with the Patriots.
“I think the Patriots are going to win the Super Bowl,” Ditka said Friday evening. “Tom Brady is a great quarterback and the Patriots are well-coached and always prepared. The Falcons have a great quarterback and are a football team on a roll.
“It’s a good matchup of two football teams that proved themselves throughout the regular season and playoffs. For Atlanta to win, they have to have a running game and pressure Brady.”
Super Bowl Prediction
Experience matters in the Super Bowl and the madness surrounding it. New England has two weeks to game-plan for Atlanta and 23 players on the their roster have Super Bowl rings. Ryan and the Falcons ended the Packers season with an offensive explosion, but will face a much better defense in Houston.
Patriots 34, Falcons 27