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Ultimate Super Bowl LI Preview

After 266 games, just two teams remain. Will Tom and Bill add a fifth Super Bowl title to their legacy? Or will Matt Ryan's jet-powered offense finally earn a title for Atlanta? Here's your head-to-head breakdown of how the Patriots and Falcons stack up.

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The offensive MVP in every NFL division

Tom Brady and Matt Ryan are obvious choices, but who stands out in the other six divisions? What about the AFC South? NFL Nation reporters pick the offensive MVP in all eight divisions.


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The Patriots have a 55.6% chance to win the Super Bowl, via our Football Power Index.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

The Steelers won nine straight games by imposing their will and playing aggressively. They lacked that edge in a 37-16 loss to the New England Patriots game in the AFC Championship Game. They tried to create pressure on Tom Brady but all efforts were ineffective. The Steelers had held things together on offense with the big three of Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger, but the supporting cast wasn't enough when needed. The Steelers are a dangerous 2017 team but a humbled 2016 one.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount, donning a creative Matt Patricia sweatshirt, is all smiles with son LB as this was a rare situation where kids were in the locker room after the game.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Tomlin thought 'style of play' was most disappointing about 37-16 loss to Patriots. Team didn't dictate pace or impose will. "We didn't make enough plays."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked his preliminary thoughts on the Falcons in the Super Bowl, Bill Belichick says he didn't even know they won. Seriously.

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Something's gotta give: the Super Bowl will feature the NFL's top-ranked scoring offense facing the top-ranked scoring defense.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Chris Hogan draws a large media crowd after his first career two-TD game.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Le'Veon Bell said he's been battling a groin issue for a while but didn't say anything. Flared up tonight.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger wondered whether the moment might have been too big for some of the younger players,

Hogan's big day powers Pats to Super Bowl

New England WR Chris Hogan had a day to remember by hauling in a pair of touchdowns to highlight the Patriots' win over the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.


Jones has a day to remember in blowout win

Falcons WR Julio Jones turns the NFC title game against the Packers into his own personal highlight reel by scoring a pair of remarkable touchdowns and adding one of the best catches of the playoffs.


Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

The Falcons have scored on eight of 12 possessions in the playoffs (it's 12 scores in 26 postseason drives for Green Bay so far).

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Ryan 11 of 16 for 125 yards with 1 TD and passer rating of 112.8 through one quarter. Ryan has targeted 8 different receivers, with completions to six. Two drops.