HOUSTON — Matchups for the Super Bowl between the Atlanta Falcons (13-5) and New England Patriots (16-2) in Houston:
When the Falcons have the ball
Atlanta led the NFL in points (540) by a wide margin, thanks to a career year from QB Matt Ryan (2), who along with WR Julio Jones (11) are All-Pros. If that combination comes close to its production during the season and, in particular, the nine connections for 180 yards and two TDs in the NFC championship game against Green Bay, the Falcons will be difficult to stop.
While 2015 Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler (21) will see plenty of Jones, New England schemes so well that fellow cornerbacks Logan Ryan (26) and Eric Rowe (25), and safety Devin McCourty (32) will be no strangers to Jones, either.
If the Patriots can contain Jones, Atlanta wideouts Mohamed Sanu (12) and Taylor Gabriel (18) must come through in a big way. The Falcons don’t have a lot of weapons at tight end, which means RBs Devonta Freeman (24) and Tevin Coleman (26) will be keys in the passing game, too.
Freeman rushed for 1,079 yards and 11 TDs, Coleman for 520 and eight, but this is a pass-first team. There’s so much versatility, though, that the Falcons are capable of keeping the Patriots’ D off-balance.
New England coordinator Matt Patricia has players
Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/matchups-for-the-falcons-patriots-super-bowl/2017/01/28/5fad7108-e583-11e6-a419-eefe8eff0835_story.html
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