How the Patriots Got There: Although the score was still within striking distance at halftime, New England continued to show their wizardry in a 36-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers had gotten to this point with the assistance of a hard-hitting defense, but Tom Brady and his arsenal of receivers and running backs controlled the game from start to finish, including this pile-pushing run by LeGarrette Blount:
How the Falcons Got There: Everyone expected a shootout between Atlanta and Green Bay in the NFC Championship, but instead, we saw that the Falcons indeed have some defensive firepower to them. The Falcons shut out the Packers 24-0 in the first half, and when Aaron Rodgers tried to strike quickly in the second half, Matt Ryan showed just how dominant Kyle Shanahan’s offense is in a 44-21 victory. Besides having a solid running game and confidence in a bunch of receivers, the Falcons’ best weapon is Julio Jones, who continued to “wow” with this stiff arm and 72-yard catch-and-run:
We've Got You Covered: The Super Bowl will be played Feb. 5, 2017, televised on FOX, with the game starting at 6:30 PM ET. There will be plenty of storylines leading up to the game, including Matt Ryan trying to firmly establish himself as a top tier quarterback with a Super Bowl win, and Tom Brady trying to put another exclamation point on the Deflategate scandal by taking the stage and having Roger Goodell hand his team the Lombardi trophy. We'll have a ton of Super Bowl coverage here at Dawgs By Nature throughout the next two weeks, so stay tuned.
Here's all the information you need to know about the big game.
Date: Sunday, February 5, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm ET
Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
TV Channel: FOX
Announcers: Joe Buck (play-by-play), Troy Aikman (color analyst), Erin Andrews and Chris Myers (sideline reporters)
Odds: SB Nation Odds Page
Halftime show: Lady Gaga
Referee: Carl Cheffers