The Falcons are set to face the Patriots for the professional football game of the year. The Falcons took down the Packers with no problem ending with the score of 44-21. Meanwhile, on the other side of the bracket in the AFC, the Patriots took down the Steelers 36-17.
The Super Bowl is about two weeks away, but, already, there are predictions for a close game. The Patriots unsurprisingly landed a spot in the championship game, but the Falcons are a team who have shown they deserve to be in the final. Although the game will likely be close, the Patriots still remain the favorite.
The Patriots win over the Steelers was clear early on in the game. Early into the 1st, Tom Brady threw a pass to wide receiver, Julian Edelman, who had a solid run to the 23-yard line. Ultimately, the Patriots put a field goal on the board to start off the game. Near the end of the first, Brady threw with plenty of time to Chris Hogan to give the New England Patriots the first touchdown of the game.
In the second, the Pittsburgh Steelers managed to get their first touchdown in the game off of a run by Antonio Brown. However, the extra point was missed. Brady launched another to Hogan to lead 17-6. Pittsburgh had a first and goal but were shut down by the Patriots ruthless defensive line. The Steelers hit a field goal to pull the game slightly closer to 17-9.
The Patriots scored another field goal from 47-yards in the third. LeGarrette Blount of the Patriots had an incredible run as he pushed through about seven defensive players before being tackled to the ground. The Patriots scored another touchdown near the end of the 3rd with another great run by Blount. The Patriots kept battling after a fumble by the Steelers and scored another touchdown off of a throw by Brady into the hands of Edelman. Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers launched a throw to Sammie Coates to get the Steelers on their offensive end. However, the Steelers were not able to convert on fourth down. The quarter ended with the Patriots at a solid lead over the Steelers, 33-9.
In the fourth, Roethlisberger threw an interception. Before the Steelers scored the first points of the quarter on a field goal. The Steelers fought back with a touchdown scored by Cobi Hamilton and the extra points by DeAngelo Williams both off of throws by Roethlisberger. However, the Steelers were ultimately beat 36-17 allowing the Patriots to advance to the Super Bowl.
Over in the NFC, the Falcons took down the Packers with dominating play. The Atlanta Falcons got the first points on the board with a toss from Matt Ryan to Mohamed Sanu. Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson had a couple good plays before Rodgers barely avoided a sack, but the Packers were unable to convert on the field goal and the game remained 7-0. Matt Bryant of the Falcons scored a 28-yard field goal at the end of the first and the Falcons still led 10-0.
The Packers looked to be making a good run in the second, but were shut down after a fumble. The Falcons put up another touchdown ran in by Ryan. The Falcons intercepted at the end of the second, which they capitalized on with a touchdown by Julio Jones.
Julio Jones made another great catch and ran all the way into the endzone in the third. The Packers remained scoreless with the Falcons leading 31-0. Finally Rodgers threw one into the hands of Davante Adams to get the Packers on the board. Rodgers makes a big run in the third and eventually the Packers manage to get another touchdown by Nelson.
After an onside kick, the Falcons got the ball in the fourth and scored their final touchdown of the game. The Packers couldn’t capitalize on the two-point conversion. That would end the scoring for the game with the Falcons advancing 44-17.
The Falcons and Patriots will face off on Sunday Feb. 5 at 6:30 pm ET at the NRG Stadium in Houston, TX.