Vegas suspects New England-Atlanta could be the highest-scoring Super Bowl ever. Here's what history tells us about what could happen.
When asked about the team's mental toughness Monday morning, Tom Brady said the team's no-excuses philosophy begins with coach Bill Belichick.
What did we learn from a gambling perspective from the NFL championship games? Dave Tuley reveals his takeaways, along with what it could mean in Super Bowl 51.
History all around for Patriots
After beating the Steelers, the Pats will make an NFL-record ninth Super Bowl appearance. That includes seven appearances by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, a record among players and coaches, respectively. (ESPN Stats & Info)
We present to you awards highlighting the best and worst from a championship weekend that saw the Falcons and Patriots advance to the Super Bowl.
Defense has won out in past Super Bowls
For the sixth time since the merger, the league's top-scoring offense (Falcons) will face the No. 1 scoring defense (Patriots) in the Super Bowl. The latter prevailed in four of the previous five instances. (ESPN Stats & Info)
It's a small group with as many receptions, as many scores and as many yards per catch as Julio Jones. And he's on another list with 2 Hall of Famers.
In yet another example of how resourceful the franchise can be, Chris Hogan came to New England relatively cheap, and unwanted by a division rival
A tale of two wide receivers
Although Julio Jones and Chris Hogan took very different paths to the NFL, both wideouts put on a show Sunday. Each had exactly nine catches, 180 receiving yards and two scores. (ESPN Stats & Info)
During the preseason, the Cleveland Browns were a heavier betting favorite to win Super Bowl LI than the Atlanta Falcons, who are making their first championship game appearance since 1999.
The Patriots run defense was a rock again, coming up with a big goal-line stand and holding the Steelers to 54 yards rushing.
Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer
The day-after cover of today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the front of the paper's special AFC Championship section. Show of hands: who predicted Chris Hogan, of all Patriots, would be so prominently featured on a Pittsburgh paper this morning?
Tom Brady and Matt Ryan -- the two quarterbacks set to face off in Super Bowl LI -- communicate regularly with each other.
The NFL is a quarterback's league, and we'll get to see that firsthand as the presumptive MVP faces off against the two-time MVP in Houston.
Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer
Tom Brady said on sports radio WEEI that he was looking over the Falcons' depth chart at 1:30 this morning. It's been a short night's sleep for Brady, who was conducting his weekly radio interview at 6:15 a.m.
Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer
During his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI, Tom Brady was asked about Falcons QB Matt Ryan and said, "We've always kind of kept in touch over the years. I'm always sending him texts over the course of the season, or vice versa. I have a lot of respect for Matt. I like him a lot as a person, a player, and a leader. Because he had those connections from BC, I've always kind of followed him."
Gronk got injured. Brady got banned. Collins and Chandler got traded. New England had its share of available excuses for failure this season, and it embraced none of them on its path to Houston.
The Patriots' offense kicked into high gear as they easily handled the Steelers and advanced to face the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.