10. The Patriots have experience in the Super Bowl, winning 4 of 6 under Belichick with Brady at QB.
9. The Falcons are 0-2 in Super Bowls. Dan Quinn as a Head Coach and QB Matt Ryan have never participated in a Super Bowl. As Defensive Coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks, Quinn lost to the Patriots in the 2014 Super Bowl.
8. The Falcons have a mediocre defense, ranked 27th out of 32 teams in points against. The Patriots have the 3rd ranked offense in the NFL.
7. The Patriots have a superior defense to combat the Falcons superior offense. Turnovers will be key. The Pats have forced 23 turnovers, 2 more than the Falcons.
6. The Patriots have home field advantage having won the Super Bowl in Houston in 2004. Plus, 7 players on the Pats’ roster played college ball in Texas, 2 for The University of Houston, including Tackle Sebastian Vollmer.
5. Belichick is 22-3 when facing a head coach for the first time. He will be facing Dan Quinn as a head coach for the first time.
4. In 21 playoff games, the Pats’ kicker Gostkowski is 29/31 in made field goals. Matt Bryant, the 41-year-old kicker for Atlanta has had very few pressure kicks in playoff games – only 10 field goal attempts in his career.
3. Belichick is regarded as the best coach in the history of the game; Brady, the best Quarterback in the history of the game.
2. Brady is out to prove something after DeflateGate. His feud with the commissioner is personal.
1. That Matt Ryan won the MVP over Brady should provide just the little extra motivation needed for Brady to perform herculean feats. Pats over the Falcons 35-24.