New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons have played 51 seasons without winning a Super Bowl, although they did give the world Deion Sanders and the Dirty Birds - the 1998 team that is the only other Falcons' squad to make the Super Bowl.

That's right. It's the New England Patriots vs. the Atlanta Falcons.

As for the Falcons, this is all pretty new - only the second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. In any event, things are different with the 2016 Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons weren't just prolific, but also efficient, becoming the first team to average 6.7 yards per play since the 2000 Rams.

This year's final - Super Bowl XLI - will take place on Sunday, February 5 at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Forbes lists his net worth at $3.2 billion.

Adding smart, disciplined and reliable veteran talent like this each season is another reason why the Patriots are regularly contending for Super Bowl honours.

So who will win?

After Sunday's 36-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game, Tom Brady and the Patriots are one win away from their fifth Super Bowl title in the Brady/Belichick era. The Atlanta Falcons stunned the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC Championship game. In the AFC game, the Ravens strode into New England and handed Tom Brady's his only home loss in five conference title games in Foxborough.

Only three teams have won Super Bowls while ranking 20th or worse in points allowed: the 2011 New York Giants, the 2009 New Orleans Saints, and the 2006 Indianapolis Colts.

The points total was set at 58, which is the highest over/under in Super Bowl history. His 73-yard score early in the third quarter, punctuated by the vicious stiff arm that swatted cornerback Damarious Randall to the ground, is a highlight that will be shown for years.

ATLANTA-Matt Ryan and Julio Jones teamed up for a dominant playoff performance, and the Atlanta Falcons ignored all those ghosts from the last half-century.

The Dome's last hoorah was its best yet, as the Dirty Birds, as fans like to call them, landed their biggest win in franchise history since January 17, 1999 when they took down Randy Moss and the 16-1 Minnesota Vikings 30-27 on the road in the NFC Championship game.

On the opposite sideline, in his ninth season, Atlanta's Matt Ryan made the jump from good to great.

The rout is officially on in The Georgia Dome.

These are two of the NFL's proudest franchises, both having been to eight Super Bowls.

"I've been lucky to play with him as long as I have".

Factoring for strength of schedule, Football Outsiders ranked the Patriots the league's 16th best defense, while Atlanta came in 27th. Ryan had much of his success when looking the way of Jones, who finished with a whopping 180 yards receiving on nine catches.