The New England Patriots punched their ticket to Super Bowl 51 in Houston with their dominating victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2016 AFC Championship Game on Sunday night. Behind an amazing performance out of Tom Brady, who is the greatest player in NFL history, the Pats are now set to represent the AFC on the biggest stage in professional sports for the seventh time in the last 16 years.
This time around, New England will face a team in the Atlanta Falcons, who don’t have a long history of postseason success. Since their inception in 1966, the Falcons have won only two conference championships (1998 and 2016) and six division titles; they have made a grand total of 13 playoff appearances; and they are one of 13 NFL franchises that have yet to win a Super Bowl title.
To put a little perspective on the difference in history between the Falcons and Patriots just consider these eye-opening facts:
- The Patriots have 14 division titles since the turn of the century. The Falcons have six since 1966.
- The Falcons have nine postseason wins in franchise history. New England quarterback Tom Brady has won 24 postseason games over the course of his 17-year NFL career.
- New England will play in their ninth Super Bowl. Atlanta will play in their second.
The above list could go on and on, but we’ve given you enough to make our point.