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Super Bowl LI: Patriots-Falcons game notes

Super Bowl LI: Patriots-Falcons game notes

A quick look at the information you need to know about tonight's Patriots-Falcons matchup in Super Bowl LI:

SUPER BOWL LI: HEADING TO KICKOFF

TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 16-2, Falcons 13-5

GAME TIME: 6:30 p.m. EST

TV: FOX

TV ANNOUNCERS: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers, Mike Pereira

NATIONAL RADIO NETWORK: Westwood One

NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Tony Boselli, James Lofton

LOCAL RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Patriots lead, 7-6

LAST MEETING: Patriots 30, Falcons 23 on Sept. 29, 2013 at Georgia Dome

 

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QUICK FACTS
-- The Patriots are playing in their ninth Super Bowl, an NFL record for most appearances by a franchise. They are 4-4 in previous Super Bowls, including 4-2 under Bill Belichick. The Falcons are playing in the second Super Bowl. They are 0-1.

-- The Patriots have won four straight games against Atlanta, dating back to 2001. They haven't lost to the Falcons since a 41-10 defeat at the old Foxboro Stadium on Nov. 8, 1998. Coincidentally, the was the year of Atlanta's only other Super Bowl appearance.

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MILESTONES
-- If the Patriots win tonight, they will tie the 49ers and Cowboys for second place in the list of most Super Bowl victories (five). The Steelers have won the most Super Bowls in history (six).

-- If the Patriots lose tonight, they will become the all-time leader in Super Bowl losses (five). They are currently tied with the Vikings and Bills at four.

-- If the Patriots win tonight, they will become the first team in history to win five Super Bowls with the same owner (Robert Kraft), coach (Bill Belichick) and quarterback (Tom Brady). The 1970s Steelers won four with Art Rooney, Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw.

-- If the Patriots win tonight, Belichick will become the coach with the most Super Bowl victories in history (five). He is currently tied with Noll at four.

-- If the Patriots win tonight, Brady will become the QB with the most Super Bowl victories in history (five). He is currently tied with Bradshaw and Joe Montana at four.

-- If Brady is named game MVP, he will become the player with most Super Bowl MVP awards in history (four). He is currently tied with Montana at three.

-- If the Patriots win tonight, Brady will tie Charles Haley for most Super Bowl victories by a player (five).

-- When Brady gets into tonight's game, he will have more Super Bowl appearances (seven) than any player in NFL history. He is currently tied with Mike Lodish, at six.

-- Julian Edelman enters the game with 84 postseason receptions, seventh on the all-time NFL list. A big game tonight would move him past Andre Reed (85), Michael Irvin (87), Wes Welker (88), Hines Ward (88) and Reggie Wayne (93) into second place. Jerry Rice is first with 151.

Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Report: Ex-Patriots WR Danny Amendola to re-sign with Lions

Scratch that Danny Amendola-Patriots reunion.

Peter Schrager of the NFL Network reports the free-agent wide receiver is re-signing with the Detroit Lions, where he spent last season and had 62 catches for 678 yards. Former Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will enter his third season as Lions coach in 2020. 

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The 34-year-old left the Patriots after five seasons to sign with the Miami Dolphins in 2018 and may have burned a bridge or two with Bill Belichick. 

It had been speculated that perhaps bringing in a former reliable Tom Brady receiver might be part of a plan to lure Brady back to New England, with a report in late January that Amendola could come along to wherever Brady lands in free agency, but a Brady-Amendola reunion in Detroit isn't happening, either. 

Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

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Next Pats Podcast: Will Patriots go mobile at QB if Tom Brady leaves?

There's one big question that New England Patriots are facing this offseason. Who is going to be their starting quarterback in 2020?

For the past 20 seasons, the team hasn't really had questions at the position. It has always been Tom Brady's job. But with the 42-year-old set to hit free agency, the Patriots can't necessarily count on him returning unless they want to pay him what he's worth.

So, now the question for the Patriots becomes, what will life look like if Brady departs?

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On the latest episode of The Next Pats Podcast, which returns for its first episode of the 2020 offseason, Phil Perry is here to explore that question. And really what it all boils down to is what the Patriots are looking for in a potential successor.

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As Perry notes, it's likely to be one of two types of quarterback: The traditional pocket passer or a more mobile athlete in the mold of some of the recent success stories at the position.

Do the Patriots look for the next Brady? Uber-accurate, somebody who's going to sit in the pocket and absolutely dissect every little aspect of the defense that he is looking at. Or, do they go a different route? Do they go with an athlete? Do they get more mobile? Because talking to people this offseason, I'm getting a whiff -- I'm getting a scent that people believe the pocket passer might be dead.

Perry is joined by guests including Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo, Greg Cosell of ESPN and NFL Films, and NFL Network's Kurt Warner to answer questions about Brady's future and what his game has looked like in recent seasons.

For more thoughts about the Patriots offseason, check out the latest episode of the Next Pats Podcast, available as part of the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network.