3) The Falcons have the super stars to carry them to victory
Collectively, the New England Patriots have a dominant team but games often come down to which super star players can will the team to victory and the Atlanta Falcons have put together some studs that can do just that.
Led by Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman, and Julio Jones, the Falcons have a number of offensive players that can be relied on to win games for them. They have done it all season, with Jones racking up a league-best 100.6 receiving yards per game. That pairs nicely with Ryan’s league-best 9.3 yards per attempt and 117.1 quarterback rating. Freeman quietly tacked on a top-10 performance with 4.8 yards per attempt and 1079 yards.
Those three get much of the attention and they deserve it. They are complete studs and the kind of super stars that can get a team to and through a Super Bowl. In Super Bowl 2017 they will be relied on heavily to beat the experienced Patriots, which may come down to a test of wills as the coaches battle wits.
If it comes down to simply having the most talented players on the field, the star-studded Falcons can match or exceed the Patriots. Sometimes that’s enough to get by.