Patriots vs. Falcons Could Make History in 2017 Super Bowl, Plus Odds and Picks

The 2017 Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons could make history.


The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will meet in Super Bowl LI next Sunday, February 5. And when they do, one team could make history.

The Patriots and Falcons are both 2-0 against the spread in the NFL Playoffs. With a win and cover, one could become just the 11th team in NFL Playoffs history to win the Super Bowl while covering every game. Here are the 10 teams that have completed the feat so far:

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New England -149 O/U 57.5
vs. Atlanta +125 +3
  • 2012 Baltimore Ravens, 4-0 SU/ATS
  • 2011 New York Giants, 4-0 SU/ATS
  • 2010 Green Bay Packers, 4-0 SU/ATS
  • 2007 New York Giants, 4-0 SU/ATS
  • 2006 Indianapolis Colts, 4-0 SU/ATS
  • 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers, 4-0 SU/ATS
  • 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 3-0 SU/ATS
  • 2000 Baltimore Ravens, 4-0 SU/ATS
  • 1998 Denver Broncos, 3-0 SU/ATS
  • 1997 Denver Broncos, 4-0 SU/ATS

The spread opened at New England -3, which former Vegas sports book director and current SportsLine expert Micah Roberts said was way off.

The total opened at 58.5, the highest in Super Bowl history. The tea leaves indicate that it'll only go higher as the big game draws nearer. And if the game goes over, the Patriots and Falcons will go down in NFL history as covering the biggest Super Bowl spread ever.

Here are a few 2017 Super Bowl superlatives from

  • The Patriots have a team total in Super Bowl 51 of 30.5 points. They've scored 30 or more points just once in their eight all-time appearances in the Super Bowl.
  • No Super Bowl has featured at least 58 points since Super Bowl XLVII between the 49ers and Ravens. That game sailed past the total of 48 points.
  • Only eight of the 50 Super Bowls have reached at least 58 points.
  • This is the 10th time that the Super Bowl has featured a total of at least 50. Only three of the 10 have gone over the total.
  • This will be the eighth consecutive Super Bowl with a point spread of a touchdown or less.
  • This is the fifth time in the last seven seasons that the spread in the Super Bowl was three points or fewer.