If the Patriots are to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy skyward this Sunday in Houston, they’ll need to overcome a formidable Falcons offense.
The Patriots themselves posses a potent offense with a multitude of player makers. But do they really want to get involved in a shootout? Highly unlikely as the Patriots winning Super Bowl efforts have all been decided by four point or less.
Keeping Matt Ryan At Bay
As we know Belichick is the master of taking away what you do best. But here’s the problem. The Falcons have too many weapons to nullify. Julio Jones and the backfield duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman present a unique case of pick your poison.
Why focus on a game plan that takes away certain elements, when you can take away, if not at least, limit the amount of time and possessions the Falcons offense will have.
Rehashing An Old Game Plan
The 2015 AFC Championship game between the Patriots and Colts will be remembered more for PSI than anything else. That aside the similarities between that particular Colts team and todays Falcons are frighteningly similar.
The Colts came into the showdown with a potent offense, (ranked 1st overall) carrying a suspect defense. (Run defense ranked 18th, giving up an average of 113.4 yards per game).The Falcons have the number one overall passing attack, and are ranked 17th overall against the run.
The Patriots kept the ball out of Andrew Lucks hands by handing the ball off to LeGarrette Blount. The 6ft, 250lb Blount powered his way to 148 yards and 3 touchdowns off 30 carries, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
The Patriots dominated time of possession, keeping the ball for almost 38 minutes (37.49). Final score 45-7. Keeping Matt Ryan and company on the sidelines could prove to be a critical factor in deciding who’ll emerge victorious.
The Ultimate F you
Taking all things into consideration Sunday’s Super Bowl presents the Patriots with the ultimate F you in play.
- Win the Super Bowl exactly the same way you won the AFC Championship,(that deflate gate stemmed from). by running Blount through the heart of the defense.
- Win the Super Bowl in the same year Tom Brady served a 4 game suspension. Which of course Rodger Goodell presided over.
- Then have Rodger Goodell hand you the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
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