Even though the Super Bowl is played on a neutral site each year, one team is always designated the “home” teams and the other is the “away” team.
When the Falcons and the Patriots converge on Houston, Texas on Sunday Feb. 5, it’ll be the Falcons that are considered the home team as the league alternates between the AFC and NFC’s Super Bowl representative filling the role and this year it’s the NFC’s turn.
So, what rights does that afford the Falcons?
Firstly, they’ll get to select heads or tails on the opening coin toss of the game.
Secondly, they get to pick what color jerseys they want to wear, which they’ve already done.
But, is it possible that they made the wrong choice?
The Falcons have reportedly opted to wear their red jerseys, meaning the Patriots will be donning white on Sunday, which is the color jersey that 11 of the last 12 Super Bowl-winning teams have worn.
The last team to win the Super Bowl that didn’t wear white, was the Green Bay Packers in 2011 when they beat the Steelers (who wore their road white jerseys) at Super Bowl XLV.
When the Falcons lost to the Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII they wore black jerseys, which NFL.com notes were discontinued in 2002.
If you’re looking for a reason to believe in the red jersey choice, look no further than the picture at the top of the page. Yep, that’s the jersey the Falcons wore in their dominant NFC Championship win over the Green Bay Packers. They’ve done it before in red and there’s no reason to think the Falcons can’t do it again regardless of jersey color.