Alright, football Einsteins. Time to post your predictions for the Super Bowl. I want the final score plus an explanation. I will post my prediction before kickoff.
Time for my prediction. But first, the keys to the game.
- The Belichick Factor. He has two weeks to prepare for this game. He’s too smart to let Julio Jones beat him, which is what the Packers did in the NFC Championship game. They blitzed Matt Ryan and left Julio Jones in one-on-one coverage. Belichick won’t do that. He will double-cover Jones and force the Falcons to beat him left-handed. They won’t score nearly as money points as they usually do.
- The Brady Factor. He’s worth nine or 10 points by himself.
- The Experience Factor. The Patriots have it and the Falcons don’t. This is the first time most of these Falcons players have been in a Super Bowl. They won’t be used to the 40-minute delay between warmups and kickoffs, and they won’t be used to the longer halftime. And How will they deal with distractions? They’ve had people begging them for tickets all week. Plus, they have an offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, who’s been constantly answering questions about the 49ers job he’s about to take. He’s also been making a list of assistant coaches and players he wants to bring to San Francisco. He’s looking at this game through panavision — the widest vision possible. The Patriots have a narrow focus. They’re looking at the game through Polaroids. They will be totally dialed in, and that’s worth a couple of points.
Final score prediction: Patriots 24, Falcons 21.