CBS Sports put together a list of 51 things to know about Super Bowl 51. Set aside that 15-20 would have been enough, but.. 51 of course.
Just pulling a few nuggets:
WHY STATS MEAN NOTHING: Brady has started four games against the Falcons — In four career starts against the Falcons, Brady went 88 of 131 (67.2 percent) for 1,193 yards (9.11 YPA), nine touchdowns, one pick, and a 115.7 passer rating. The Patriots won all four games.
And none of those games were against this current roster makeup. The last was 2013 (which, no never mind I won’t remind you of 2013).
WHY STATS MIGHT MEAN SOMETHING: Julio Jones is the first receiver in history with multiple playoff games of 150-plus yards and 2-plus touchdowns. — No. 11 is a beast playing at near the top of his (or any receivers) game right now.
WHY STATS MEAN.. WAIT, WHAT?: The Patriots are 7-2 in games refereed by Carl Cheffers in the past 10 years — 7-2? In the Brady era? They could be 7-2 with Rick Kamla, Carl Dukes or me reffing those games.
WHY STATS ARE, SOMETIMES, POINTLESS: This is [Falcons head coach Dan] Quinn’s first career game against Bill Belichick as a head coach. [Of course] Since 2010, coaches are 3-22 in their first career game against Belichick — The hoodie is tough to beat, for anyone at anytime. And Quinn is a new head coach. Alright… moving on…
WHY STATS ARE… WHY DID YOU EVEN BRING THAT UP?: The last time Ryan threw a pick? Dec. 4. So, he’s gone six full games without one. — Thanks for nothing CBS.
WHY STATS ARE… AGAIN WHAT IS YOUR ISSUE CBS?: The only two NFL teams Matt Ryan has never beaten. The Steelers and The Patriots — Are you trying to tell us something? We know we are the underdog, we get that. Thanks.
Here’s a stat. The Patriots have never beaten the Falcons in a Super Bowl. Please, go look it up. Copy and paste it to a notebook so you can use that one next season.