2017 Super Bowl Predictions

Who will win the 2017 Super Bowl between Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots? Our research staff offers predictions and analysis. The 2017 Super Bowl is scheduled for Sunday February 5 at 6:30 PM ET on FOX.

🏈Analysis

Atlanta Falcons
JScore: 4
Pros
⦿ Won two playoff games by a margin of 19.5 points per game.
⦿ Second in the NFL in total offense (yardage).
⦿ 6-2 on the road in the regular season.
⦿ Matt Ryan enjoys a career year with QB rating of 117.1 in regular season and 132.6 in postseason. He has 38 TDs to only 7 interceptions.
Cons
⦾ 25th in total defense (yardage), 28th in passing defense.
⦾ Last Super Bowl appearance was in 1998.
⦾ Star player Julio Jones is listed as injured, game status is unknown.

New England Patriots
JScore: 5
Pros
⦿ Reached the Super Bowl seven times from 2001-2015, won four championships.
⦿ 4-0 record against Atlanta Falcons under Bill Belichick.
⦿ Tom Brady is a 3-time Super Bowl MVP.
⦿ 4th in total offense (yardage), 8th in total defense.
⦿ Won two playoff games by a margin of 18.5 points per game.
Cons
⦾ Six players are listed as injured and may or may not play.

Predictions

🏆Winner: New England Patriots. Tom Brady and company will win the Super Bowl for a 5th time under head coach Bill Belichick. While the Falcons are enjoying a break-out season offensively, their defense ranks near bottom of every defensive statistics. Atlanta is 25th in total defense surrendering 305 yards a game and 27th in points allowed (25.4). This is contrast to a more balanced New England team that ranks 1st in points allowed (15.6) and 3rd in points per game (27.6). Also, this will only be Atlanta's second Super Bowl appearance and the first under Dan Quinn. The odds are clearly stacked against the Falcons. The only silver lining is that several Patriots players are listed as questionable for Sunday game due to injuries, but it might just be one of Belichick's cruel mind tricks. Our head is telling us Atlanta will surprise everyone and win this game on a last-minute play, but our brain is adamant that New England will win. We will go with the brain on this one.

Score: New England 30 Atlanta 24.