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Super Bowl matchup set: Falcons will face Patriots for the championship

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NFC Championship - Green Bay Packers v Atlanta Falcons Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The matchup for Super Bowl LI is set!

The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game today, while the New England Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game. That sets up a matchup of the Falcons (11-5) and the Patriots (14-2) in two weeks in Houston.

The game will take place on Sunday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET in Houston at NRG Stadium. The Patriots will be looking for their fifth Super Bowl under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, while the Falcons will be looking for their first Super Bowl victory in team history.

Though the playoff matchups so far this year have not been that great, the Super Bowl looks to be a great one - at least on paper. The Falcons have the league’s best offense and the likely MVP in Matt Ryan, while the Patriots have a great offense themselves led by future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. While the Falcons have been carried by their dominant offense, the Patriots have been a more well-rounded team - boasting the league’s number one defense in terms of points per game allowed.

It figures to be a good game, and Colts fans will be rooting in particular both against the Patriots and for Dwight Freeney, who’s a member of the Falcons and is heading to his third Super Bowl. Freeney sacking Brady in the Super Bowl? That would just be perfect.

Whatever happens, we’ll be watching the Falcons and the Patriots face off in the Super Bowl two weeks from tonight. Hopefully this will prove to be much more like last week’s Cowboys vs. Packers game than the other contests in this year’s playoffs - in other words, actually exciting football.