The UFC is in Houston, Texas for Saturday night’s FS1 card at the Toyota Center, but a much bigger event is happening at nearby NRG Stadium on Sunday. Super Bowl 51 will feature an excellent matchup between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. In addition to fielding an elite offense, New England has allowed the fewest points in the NFL this year, while Atlanta’s own prolific offense has scored the most points in the league.
The Patriots are seeking their fifth championship, which would make Tom Brady only the second man in NFL history to boast five rings as a player, and the only QB to win five Lombardi Trophies. Head coach Bill Belichick is seeking his seventh title (five with New England as head coach, two with the New York Giants as defensive coordinator), and in his entire NFL career, this will mark his 10th Super Bowl appearance.
As for the Falcons, they’ve only had one prior trip to the NFL’s championship game, and it ended in a blowout loss to the Denver Broncos. Head coach Dan Quinn won a Super Bowl as the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks, and was hired by the Falcons in 2015, following Seattle’s loss to the Patriots. The city of Atlanta has only experienced one major pro sports championship (the 1995 Atlanta Braves baseball team), and their fans are hoping that Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, and many others can lead them to gridiron immortality.
Okay, that’s enough football talk on a combat sports site. Here’s the part where we have an MMA tie-in.
Who are UFC fighters picking to win tomorrow’s big game? Find out for yourself at the top of the page. I’ve even provided a breakdown in case you don’t have time to watch the video.
Fighter who stopped watching after the Cowboys lost: James Vick