Students Offer Predictions for Super Bowl, Express Excitement for Halftime Show
BY STEVEN TUTHILL
The 2017 Super Bowl is just around the corner, and this year’s game features the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons fighting for the chance to be crowned the NFL’s next champion. The Patriots will be going for their fifth title in franchise history and their second in three years, while the Falcons have never won a Super Bowl before and last played in the big game in 1998.
New England and Atlanta are each coming off huge wins in their respective Conference Championship games, the Patriots beating the Steelers 36-17 and the Falcons beating the Packers 44-21.
Both teams are on a hot streak, and the game should be a very good match up. During the regular season, the Falcons had the highest-scoring offense in the league, while the Patriots defense gave up the least amount of points.
Westminster junior Adam Mundle says that he expects the Falcons to win the game.
“The Falcons have been tested more than the Patriots this year,” he said. “They played tougher teams, and almost all of their losses were by one possession or less.”
The Falcons won three fewer games than the Patriots during the regular season, but they played four eventual playoff teams, while the Patriots played just two such games. Both teams had a .500 record in these contests. The Seattle Seahawks are the only team to have beaten both the Falcons and the Patriots in the regular season, but the Falcons recently ousted Seattle from the playoffs, defeating them 36-20.
Although both Atlanta and New England are undoubtedly good, the Falcons might have a bit more experience against winning against the best teams in the league this season.
Westminster’s student body is divided as to who to root for in the Super Bowl. Some would rather the Falcons take home their first trophy.
“Not that I have found a team since the Rams have left St. Louis, but I am only rooting for the Falcons because the Patriots are overused, and it’s tiring seeing the same team win all the time,” Kaely Fitterling, ’18, said.
On the other hand, Kristin Alley, ‘17, said, “I’ve always been a fan of the Patriots and Tom Brady, so I will put my money on the Patriots this year.”
Many other students on campus are less interested in the game itself and more excited for everything else surrounding it. The parties, the food and the commercials are all a large part of why people are looking forward to Super Bowl Sunday. Some people are more excited for the halftime show.
Nick Hardeman, ‘18, commented: “Lady Gaga is going to slay at the Super Bowl. I don’t really care who wins the actual game.”