Atlanta v New England | Monday, February 6, 10.30am (AEDT), NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Super Bowl 51 gets underway on Monday and a massive US and worldwide audience is expected to tune into the NFL season-ending showpiece.
Tom Brady’s New England Patriots and Matt Ryan’s Atlanta Falcons are ready for take-off in Houston and social media with the #SB51 has been abuzz all week as the countdown to kick-off gets closer.
The Patriots and Falcons are going head-to-head in the Super Bowl for the first time with the Patriots appearing in a record ninth Super Bowl and going for a fifth Super Bowl victory.
The Falcons on the other hand are contesting their second Super Bowl while aiming to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the first time.
Appearing in their third Super Bowl in six years, Brady’s Patriots are slight favourites, but plenty of fans are picking the Falcons to cause a boilover.
According to fan poll on Twitter, more than 54 percent favour the Falcons lifting the trophy.
So who will be the Super Bowl MVP? For the Falcons, Matt “Matty Ice” Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones are the top picks for the underdogs while Tom Brady and cornerback Malcolm Butler are two of the top contenders for the Pats.
Can the Butler do it again and repeat his game saving heroics from the 2015 Super Bowl?
Despite being underdogs, the Falcons are quietly optimistic of capturing their maiden Super Bowl title and the AFC Champions have been tweeting the #InBrotherhood.
Atlanta Hawks NBA star and Atlanta native Dwight Howard is one of several high profile stars to voice their support for the Falcons on snapchat.
When asked at a press conference which NBA player they would take, both Brady and Ryan said they would take LeBron James if they had the choice.
If either quarterback was struggling, they could call on pop princess Lady Gaga who demonstrated her throwing skills at a press conference.
Gaga will be the feature attraction during the much-anticipated half-time show and the pop icon has been feverishly tweeting about her upcoming performance.
Here are some behind-the-scenes footage of her preparation for the half-time show.
Interestingly, the last time the Super Bowl was played in Houston, Texas, was in 2004 when the Tom Brady-led Patriots edged out the Carolina Panthers 32-29.
Brady threw for 354 passing yards and three touchdowns and was named MVP for the second time in three years.
Monday’s (AEDT) game will be the third Super Bowl to be held in Houston.
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