How many times you’ve been there can become irrelevant fast. The Patriots are the best example, as the team that rolled into New Orleans for Super Bowl 36 as overwhelming underdogs to the dominant recent champion Rams and took them down.
The Patriots have won four of their six previous trips. The Falcons lost the one previous trip. But the Falcons didn’t sneak in or get lucky. The numbers, especially from the presumptive MVP Matt Ryan, speak for themselves.
On Super Sunday, their time will come to speak for themselves against the NFL’s dynasty of the 21st century.
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“You know you’re going to be in positions where you’re up in a big game. You’ve got to do the little things right to find a way so this (opponent) won’t come back. You’ve got to find a guy who makes an extra play in the game.”
Seattle edged Atlanta at home in Week 6 of the regular season, well before a 36-20 playoff loss at the Georgia Dome. Matt Ryan’s 322 passing yards in the latter game was the highest total yielded all season by the Seahawks’ defense, which failed to neutralize Atlanta’s waves of skill-position personnel.
Koa Misi Mens Jersey “From the top down with the offensive coordinator (Kyle Shanahan) to all the different weapons they have, they just find a way to put (defensive) guys in bad positions,” Wright said.