The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots have a little more than a week to wait before they attempt to win the biggest game in professional sports. While it is hard to not get excited about any Super Bowl, a matchup between the two highest scoring teams in the NFL should create one of the most intriguing games in recent memory. Both teams are also going to have their chance to make history during their time in Houston. These are three biggest storylines heading into Super Bowl LI.
Atlanta Falcons Seek First Super Bowl Win
The Atlanta Falcons have had several amazing teams since the franchise came into existence in 1966, but they have never been able to win the Super Bowl. The Falcons’ only appearance in the big game came after the 1998 season when they faced John Elway’s Denver Broncos. The Falcons were dominated from the opening kickoff in a 34-19 loss, so they will have to hope for a better showing in their second Super Bowl appearance. Matt Ryan will likely be named the NFL MVP before the Super Bowl, so he must avoid placing too much pressure on himself during the game. If Matt Ryan and the Atlanta offense can play at a high level, then they will have a real chance to leave Houston as champions.
Bill Belichick Plays For His 5th Championship As A Head Coach
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will get the chance to secure his spot as the best coach in the history of the NFL with another Super Bowl victory next week. Belichick has already taken his team to more Super Bowls than any other coach in league history, but he will get the chance to make more history with a win in Houston. A win by the New England Patriots would give Belichick his fifth championship, which would break a tie with Chuck Noll at the top of the all-time list. With no signs of slowing down, Bill Belichick appears destined to shatter the record books before retiring as the greatest coach of all-time.
Kyle Shanahan Meets with the San Francisco 49ers
The Atlanta Falcons are giving their entire coaching staff Saturday off before heading to Houston one week before the big game. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is using this free time to meet with the front office of the 49ers. Shanahan was set to be the top choice for any team in need of a head coach this offseason, but his team’s success limited any potential job offers. Most of the teams in the league were simply unwilling to wait until February before hiring a new coach. The only head coaching job left for the 2017 season is in San Francisco. While this was probably not his ideal job a few months ago, Kyle Shanahan looks like he will be named the new head coach of the 49ers shortly after Super Bowl LI is completed. Succeeding in San Francisco will not be easy, but Kyle Shanahan will get the opportunity to show why he is considered one of the best offensive minds in football.