We are officially down to just one more meaningful game in the 2016 NFL season, ladies and gentlemen. It will take place deep in the heart of Texas, but it won’t take place for another two weeks.
Yes, on Sunday the matchup for Super Bowl LI. . .that’s 51 for you non-Roman types. . .was set for Sunday, 5 February at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
In the NFC Championship Game, the football powers that be finally chose to smile upon fans of the Minnesota Vikings, as the Atlanta Falcons defeated the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in a game that wasn’t even as close as the final score would indicate. This will mark the Falcons’ first Super Bowl appearance since. . .sigh. . .1999, and they will still be looking to win their first ever title.
In the AFC Championship Game, we got another one-sided affair, as the New England Patriots dismantled the Pittsburgh Steelers to the tune of 36-17. This is the ninth appearance in the Super Bowl for the Patriots, which is now the most in the history of the National Football League.
Here are all the particulars for this matchup.
Super Bowl LI: Atlanta Falcons vs New England Patriots
- Date: Sunday, 5 February, 2017
- Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
- Kickoff Time: 5:30 PM Central (though pre-game stuff will probably start no later than this coming Wednesday)
- Broadcast Network: FOX
- Play-by-Play Team: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
- Opening Line: New England -3, Over/Under 57.5
- How They Got Here:
New England - Defeated Houston Texans, 34-16; defeated Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17
Atlanta - Defeated Seattle Seahawks 36-20; defeated Green Bay Packers 44-21