2017 Super Bowl: What the Patriots and Falcons Need to Do to Win

A look at some of the key matchups between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI reveals a game that should be competitive no matter how much the Patriots’ experience appears to give them an advantage. Keep an eye on these story lines:

Offense vs. Defense: The game is a matchup of the highest-scoring team in the N.F.L. (Atlanta) and the team that allowed the fewest points (New England). But there is more to it than that. The Patriots have plenty of offensive firepower, and the Falcons have steadily improved on the defensive end throughout the season, thanks to the heavy emphasis on teamwork from Coach Dan Quinn, who helped build the great Seattle Seahawks defensive units.

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