With Super Bowl #51 all set to go down in Houston, Texas, the two teams involved have been doubted by many to make it this far since the season began. The New England Patriots are back in the big dance & they’re trying to bring back another Lombardi trophy. On the other side, we have the Atlanta Falcons who nobody outside of Atlanta saw making it this far. Both teams overcame tremendous odds in their own respected right but when it was all said & done, the two best teams showed up for the ultimate showdown. Here’s my take on the players you may not think of when the names “Patriots” & “Falcons” are mentioned.
Yes; wide receiver Julio Jones is a phenomenal player & an extremely gifted athlete. His unique size & strength paired with reliable hands makes a mismatch for any defender. He is the only WR that I can say I’ve never seen someone cover him single-handedly for an entire game. This year it was a pleasure to see him shine but I was even more impressed with who his counterparts were: WR Taylor Gabriel & TE Levine Toilolo. Gabriel this postseason has recorded 6 catches for 95 yards but his impact in the deep passing game makes Safeties back off farther than usual, which opens room for others to thrive. Toilolo is loving the single coverage on linebackers these days & with his athletic ability, he can run by or jump over less gifted Linebackers. On defense, rookie CB Brian Poole went un-drafted from the University of Florida but he battled his way to become the team’s starting nickel corner & I really enjoy watching him fly around. Quick feet, good instincts & a solid tackler. He gets slightly overlooked on the depth chart by fans but he is a good young player along with starting free safety Ricardo Allen. The former cornerback now converted safety has become one of the young & upcoming safeties in the league. As a safety, he brings all he has in every hit. He covers the entire field & he has good ball skills from his corner playing days.
For the Patriots; WR Julian Edelman is the most underrated WR in the entire NFL. He has no weak spots in his game. Solid hands and always productive, he does punt return & can run every single route in the route tree. In my opinion, he is not appreciated by the league but he shows up every game. CB Logan Ryan can also be called one of the most underrated players at his position but let’s not turn a blind eye to defensive tackles Malcom Brown & Alan Branch. These two dominant D-Tackles fill up the middle & don’t allow much to get by them.
This game is poised to be big. Tons of excitement, tons of points & tons of breath-taking plays that only the super bowl brings about. I’m excited for the game & can’t wait to see who hoists up the Lombardi trophy.