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Houston, We Have a Super Bowl

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Actually, there are birds, and they are on a plane to Houston for Super Bowl LI. The Atlanta Falcons are taking on the New England Patriots for what looks to be a riveting ending to the football season.

For both of these teams, the 2016 season has been a whirlwind. Headlines were heavy with news of “Deflategate”, a controversial event centering around quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. During the 2015 championship game against the Colts, the Patriots allegedly deflated their footballs. After further investigation and much disputing, it was decided that Tom Brady would be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 regular season. This gave long time backups Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett chances in the spotlight. “He's just a hard-working kid that is really dedicated to doing what's right for the team and trying to improve on anything that you tell him. He just wants to do what the coach tells him to do. I'm glad we have him,” said Patriot’s coach Bill Belichick on rookie Brissett. Though they ended up going 3-1 during those games, the Patriots are ready to put the scandal behind them heading into the Super Bowl.

The Falcons, on the other hand, had quite the “underdog season”. They were just 6-4 going into their Week 11 bye, already racking up two times more losses than their eventual Super Bowl opponent’s entire season. Atlanta was already being counted out of the playoff race; overshadowed by the young Dallas Cowboys and versatile Seattle Seahawks. It wasn’t until winning the 5 out of the last 6 games of the regular season that sealed their #2 seed in the NFC. Even then, the Falcons were rarely talked about. Skeptics thought there would be an eventual repeat of the 2015 season when the team started 6-1 and missed the playoffs. With a powerful offense and on-fire quarterback Matt Ryan, this team should not be overlooked going into the biggest game of the football season.

If the game isn’t exciting enough, 6 time Grammy award winner Lady Gaga will be the headlining performer at Pepsi’s Halftime Show. "The thing is, is it's such a big world stage in terms of how many people see it and it's been done so many times," Gaga said. "I think the challenge is to look at it and say, 'What can I do differently, how can I elevate certain little things here and there and also make it about the music?'" Though she is not expected to have any other guest artists, Gaga’s show combined with the National Anthem singer Luke Bryan, Super Bowl LI will be a spectacle worth watching.

Whether you are there for the football or the fanfares, join viewers from all over the world who are tuning in February 5th to see pigs fly. Pigs skin, that is.

 

Emily Giombi

 

February, 2017