That's my prediction of the game and the score. Identical to 13 years ago. Most fight fans will tune in to the big game this Sunday, as “my” (that's right, I am a HUGE Patriots fan!!) New England Patriots will prevail. At age 39, I'm starting to believe that Tom Brady (who actually acts like an imperial Darth Vader on the field) has “The Force” and will strike down the rebellion lead by Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. How do I know this? Because it seems to be destiny. Take a look at the “lucky” 13 year difference between these Super Bowl teams.
2003 Patriots 2016 Patriots
W-L (including playoffs) 16-2 16-2
Super Bowl location Houston Houston
Last trailed Week 12 Week 12
Points allowed rank 1st 1st
Previous SB Win 2 years prior 2 year prior
1st loss of season Shut out by Bills Shut out by Bills
The other thing about this eerie set of coincides from 13 years ago, is that the Patriots faced an NFC South team in Houston (the Panthers, this year its Atlanta). They also beat a team with ties to Houston in the divisional round (they beat the Titans in 2003, formerly the Oilers from Houston) when they beat the Texans before advancing to the Super Bowl.
I'm just saying. If this shit happens again, a few conspiracy theorists will go crazy. I'm just putting it out there.
The reason the Patriots will win is because of Tom Brady. #12 is the greatest quarterback of all-time, and like Joe Montana was in 4 wins, will be the biggest why he separates from Montana with win #5. He's about to defeat an Atlanta Falcons team that wiped out Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
I'm tired of hearing about how great Rodgers is (ESPN “First Take” fan boys Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman really get on my damn nerves). A Brady lead team would NEVER be beaten like that with no emotion from its ruthless field general. Brady is far more methodical and totally superior at controlling tempo. No matter what. His intangibles are better than anyone else's on the field– including legendary coach Bill Belichick. He is the best coach in all of sports history, but its because of his quarterback. Here's why.
Sure, Matt Cassel went 11-5 in 2008 and blah, blah, fucking blah. I keep hearing Brady is a “system quarterback” and (according to the ridiculous point of Kellerman's) that if “Aaron Rodgers was the quarterback of the Patriots” he'd basically be God. Stop. Tom Brady is the New England Patriots offensive system. Rodgers is a product of Mike McCarthy (an offensive HC) and his system, just like Matt Ryan is running the sh*t out of Kyle Shanahan's.
Here is the argument no one makes: Belichick was 5-13 with the Patriots before Brady. During Brady's first 20 games, he was 17-3 with a Super Bowl title and Super Bowl MVP. #FACTS. This means the Patriots instantly went from 5-13 ( just about this year's sorry L.A. Rams) to 17-3; i.e. this year's New England Patriots, with only one major change on the team. That change was Brady. 15 years later he hasn't been solved. Did Belichick immediately design the greatest system in league history during those 7 days? Did he immediately go from an inept, losing coach to the greatest coach of all time because a switch flipped during that one week? No, it's because Brady instantly made the team a perennial contender.
Case closed. Red and blue colored confetti will fall in Houston. Again. 13 years later. Because of the GOAT.