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Published: Mon, February 06, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Falcons C Alex Mack ready to go in Super Bowl

Falcons C Alex Mack ready to go in Super Bowl

But the big storyline in this game? Facing off against the Atlanta Falcons, the Patriots are getting ready for kickoff.

Much like Brady's relationship with Kraft, he has formed a unique bond with Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and the quarterback and coach will be indelibly linked in the annals of football history. We held him the week prior to heal and get right.

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"All these young kids, they come in and they see this Tom Brady, who they were six or seven years old when they watched him on TV and now they're in the locker room with him". No matter where they strike from, the Patriots can expose a team's weakness.

Atlanta's young defense hasn't gotten almost the publicity the offense has in 2016, and from a statistical standpoint, they weren't all that good in the regular season, allowing the eighth-most yardage league-wide.

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Now Ryan has one more game ahead him, and as he told reporters at Monday's Super Bowl media night, he thinks the key to success Sunday is to treat this game just like the 18 that came before it.

"What is it, 11 championship games?"

The Broncos' run as reigning Super Bowl champions was nearing an end. And now his seventh? You know, Roger handing the trophy over to the Krafts. Debating stuff like this, after all, is the reason people love sports.

If I were a betting man, which I'm not, I would probably go for the Patriots. Even on the slow days leading up to the Super Bowl, controversy creates press and press keeps the game in front of the public.

It's a program that's led to four Super Bowl rings for Belichick and Brady.

Why would he stop?

Even Ryan, who had a season for the ages, is a subplot and not the plot. His average game this year: 24-of-36 passing, 296 yards, 2.3 touchdowns, 0.3 interceptions. Matt Ryan is having an MVP season, and the offense stacks up with some of the best offenses ever.

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Still: This isn't like Barry Bonds using steroids to fuel a late-career surge.

"I haven't really thought about it, to be honest with you".

Not likely. It is hard not to marvel at what he has done, especially this season.

The Falcons started 4-1 before finding themselves at 6-4 entering the home stretch of the season. But does one make the other look better than he really is?

The other day, Quinn was asked a question about facing Brady two years ago and how it might help him on Sunday.

The key to this game will be how the Patriots cover the running backs, as well as Jones out wide - I just don't think they'll be able to cover everybody. The important thing is Alex's mind is clear. An athlete doesn't reach a level like this without being driven to be the best, and everyone around Brady agrees that this pursuit consumes everything in his life from his diet to his pajamas. The problem Sunday in LI is that the Falcons don't do one thing best. "I think this year is - it will be as special as it's ever been". Belichick is a master at that, Brady suggested.

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