Atlanta Falcons: Overlooked Defense Can Join Exclusive Club

The Atlanta Falcons rode to Super Bowl LI on the strength of their high-powered offense, but its defense has a chance to join a rare club with a win Sunday.

When one thinks of great Super Bowl defenses, the chances are very good the 2016 Atlanta Falcons will not be part of that group that includes all-time great units such as the Steel Curtain of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, the 1985 Chicago Bears and the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.

Make no mistake, the Falcons are getting set to face the New England Patriots on Sunday at Houston’s NRG Stadium in search of the franchise’s first Super Bowl title on the strength of an offense that led the NFL with an average of 33.8 points per game during the regular season and has rung up 36 and 44 points respectively in playoff routs of the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay packers.

But it is that defense, led by All-Pro edge rusher Vic Beasley, that has a chance to join an exclusive club with a win in Super Bowl LI on Sunday.

With a victory, Atlanta would become just the second team to win a championship by beating three consecutive teams quarterbacked by former Super Bowl winners.

The Falcons are, of course, facing four-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady on Sunday as he

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