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Super Bowl LI

Fans fill the stadium during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston.
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They looked old and outmanned. Their star quarterback was frazzled, their stingy defense was a sieve.

So what? Tom Brady and the New England Patriots shrugged and did what they always seem to do: Win the Super Bowl.

Brady led one of the greatest comebacks in sports history highlighted by a Julian Edelman catch that was almost beyond belief. The Patriots pulled themselves out of a 25-point hole against the Atlanta Falcons to a 34-28 win for New England's fifth NFL championship. It was the first Super Bowl decided in overtime.

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Boston has the T, Atlanta has MARTA. Boston has cream pie, Atlanta has peach cobbler. Boston has baked beans, Atlanta has boiled peanuts. 

Both cities will be convening in Houston to battle out their differences in the most American of ways -- through a high-stakes, high-publicity, highly-commercialized game of football. 

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The Atlanta Falcons will represent the NFC, and of course, the city of Atlanta, on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Falcons are playing in their second Super Bowl ever, against the New England Patriots, who are making their ninth appearance in the NFL's grand finale.

Ball control will be key in this game.

"Both teams had 11 turnovers during the season, which happens to be the fewest in the NFL, so they're going to be tough to come by," Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said.

Wide receiver Julio Jones says he's taking all the Super Bowl hoopla in stride.

Courtesy of the Governor's office

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is encouraging all state employees to wear red and black Friday to celebrate the Atlanta Falcons as they head to the Super Bowl.

Deal read an official proclamation declaring Feb. 3 as "Falcons Friday" in the State of Georgia.

He also noted that General Beauregard Lee, Georgia's Groundhog Day prognosticator, not only predicted an early spring this morning, he also predicted a Falcons win on Sunday.

Falcons QB Ryan Feels 'Good' Ahead Of Super Bowl

Feb 2, 2017
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The Atlanta Falcons continue to practice at Rice University today, getting ready for Super Bowl Sunday.

"I feel good about my routine, I feel good about where I'm at. I feel like I know how to get myself prepared and ready to play," Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan told reporters in Houston on Wednesday.  

And Ryan said he expects wide receiver Julio Jones will have a big day.

"He's such a huge part of what we do in terms of creating explosive plays and, you know, changing how a defense is going to defend us," Ryan said. "So we'll get him involved for sure."

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