10. This is the New England Patriots’ ninth appearance at a Super Bowl. They have won four and lost four and are 1.65 to win again.
9. The Atlanta Falcons, meanwhile, are in the Super Bowl for only the second time in their history after losing to the Denver Broncos in 1998. They are 2.35 to win.
8. The Patriots’ all-time record against the Falcons reads 7-6. However, since 2001 they have won all four of their meetings against the Atlanta side by an average of 10 points, with Tom Brady at quarterback each time. They are 3.60 to win with a -10.5 handicap.
7. New England finished the season with a 14-2 record — the best in the NFL — and the second most points (441). They are 2.30 to win both halves.
6. However, the only team to outscore New England in the regular season was Atlanta (540 points). Atlanta are 1.89 to score +27.5 points including overtime.
5. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan threw 8% more yards in the playoffs than New England’s Tom Brady — and a 9.3 yard average in the regular season to Brady’s 8.2. Ryan is 2.75 to be named MVP.
4. If Brady, as expected, starts for New England it will extend his record of Super Bowl starts to seven. Brady has reached the Super Bowl in 47% of his 15 starting seasons in the NFL (excluding his injured 2008 campaign). He is 2.00 to throw +2.5 touchdown passes.
3. Chris Hogan (180) set a record for receiving yards for an undrafted player in a playoff game against Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game. Hogan is 13.00 to score the first touchdown.
2. Julio Jones was the NFL’s second-best receiver in terms of yards (1409) in the regular season, behind Indianapolis’ TY Hilton (1448). Jones has already scored four touchdowns in the post-season and is 1.67 to do so again for Atlanta.
1. Atlanta scored over 30 points in 12 of their 17 regular season games and in both of their post-season games. They are 2.85 to be the first to 30 points.