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Atlanta Falcons predicted to win Super Bowl in Madden NFL 17

Jan 1, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) reacts with wide receiver Julio Jones (11) and quarterback Matt Ryan (2) after catching a touchdown pass against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) reacts with wide receiver Julio Jones (11) and quarterback Matt Ryan (2) after catching a touchdown pass against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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The Atlanta Falcons are predicted to win a close Super Bowl 51 matchup against the New England Patriots in the popular video game, Madden NFL 17.

In a recent simulation of Super Bowl 51, the Atlanta Falcons get the win! According to the popular video game, Madden NFL 17, the Falcons are expected to win a close one and win the first ever Super Bowl championship in their franchise history. Here’s how it all came to fruition.

It's #MattyIce and the @AtlantaFalcons against #ThePharaoh and the @Patriots in#SuperBowl51! Who will win? #ATLvsNE #Madden17 #FanSided pic.twitter.com/GuEkB6AnuI

— Samuel Sutton (@ssl01191) January 30, 2017

Atlanta got the ball first, but it didn’t go that great for them. Quarterback Matt Ryan threw a severely inaccurate pass to Julio Jones, and cornerback Logan Ryan picked it off. This put New England at their opponent’s 25-yard line.

And the miscommunication leads to a pick from Matt Ryan to Logan Ryan. @Patriots will start at the opponent's 25-yard line. #SuperBowl51 pic.twitter.com/FuOonkI90T

— Samuel Sutton (@ssl01191) January 30, 2017

New England wasted no time on their first drive, scoring on just one play, which was a 25-yard run from running back LeGarrette Blount. This put the Patriots up 7-0.

On the first play of the drive! LeGarrette Blount runs through the line for a 25-yard touchdown. 7-0 @Patriots. #SuperBowl #Madden17 pic.twitter.com/75eLCcImKq

— Samuel Sutton (@ssl01191) January 30, 2017

Atlanta was forced to punt on their next drive, giving New England the ball on their own 24. With multiple good runs by Blount, the Patriots easily got into the red zone. There, they were able to hand the ball off to running back Dion Lewis for a quick touchdown. This gave them an early 14 point lead.

And the @patriots are getting it done on the ground. Dion Lewis scores a touchdown, putting them up 14-0. #SuperBowl #Madden17 pic.twitter.com/IrvzvdZBye

— Samuel Sutton (@ssl01191) January 30, 2017

The next drive started out strong for Atlanta but ultimately ended in another punt. Fortunately for them, they were able to sack quarterback Tom Brady in the end zone, giving them a two-point safety. The score moved to 14-2.

Interesting way to get on the board, but it works! @AtlantaFalcons force a safety! @patriots lead 14-2. #SuperBowl #Madden17 pic.twitter.com/wZupTzMMgn

— Samuel Sutton (@ssl01191) January 30, 2017

After a few failed drives from both teams, the game finally saw another score. Brady led a great drive down the field, but it ended in a pick-six by Robert Alford from endzone to endzone. This put the score at 14-9.

Defense wins championships? Robert Alford picks off Tom Brady in the endzone, and takes it all the way back. 14-9 @Patriots. #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/xmuCE4bOLE

— Samuel Sutton (@ssl01191) January 30, 2017

After more punts from both teams, the Patriots finally started to gain momentum. They moved out to the opponent’s 48 and were forced to kick a field goal. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski‘s kick was blocked by the Falcon’s special teams, and the Falcons were able to recover the ball. They started their next drive at their own 48.

BLOCKED. @AtlantaFalcons block the kick, and get it at their own 48. #SuperBowl #Madden17 pic.twitter.com/HALJp0BNsP

— Samuel Sutton (@ssl01191) January 30, 2017

The Falcons had good luck on their next drive, as they were able to move just into field goal range, and send a 53-yard kick straight through the uprights. Patriots were still ahead, but only by two points.

ITS' GOOD. Matt Bryant nails a 53-yarder. @Patriots lead 14-12. #SuperBowl #Madden17 pic.twitter.com/YSEHMYwdGs

— Samuel Sutton (@ssl01191) January 30, 2017

After a few more failed drives, including another missed field goal by Gostkowski, the game would finally see another touchdown. Ryan threw a pass to a wide-open Mohamed Sanu, and he was able to take it in for a 59-yard touchdown. This gave Atlanta the lead by a score of 19-14.

We have a lead change. Mohamed catches a long 59-yard touchdown. @AtlantaFalcons lead 19-14. #SuperBowl #Madden17 pic.twitter.com/0HHcDTENcb

— Samuel Sutton (@ssl01191) January 30, 2017

The Patriots would attempt another field goal on their last drive of the half and would miss again. Atlanta would have a 19-14 lead at halftime.

Another miss for Gostkowski. He's 0-3. @AtlantaFalcons lead 19-14 at the half. Here is the halftime report. #SuperBowl #Madden17 pic.twitter.com/nBdjj15zEJ

— Samuel Sutton (@ssl01191) January 30, 2017

Patriots got another chance to score on the first drive of the half and would miss yet another field goal. This gave Atlanta the ball at their own 44.

Atlanta wasted no time scoring, as Ryan was able to complete a long pass to Julio Jones for a 28-yard touchdown. The Falcons now lead 26-14.

Touchdown! Julio Jones scores a 28-yard touchdown, pushing @AtlantaFalcons up 26-14. #SuperBowl #Madden17 pic.twitter.com/FscuTGK4jH

— Samuel Sutton (@ssl01191) January 30, 2017

New England was finally able to make a field goal from short distance on their next drive. This moved the score to 26-17.

Gostkowski finally hits one! @AtlantaFalcons lead 26-17. #SuperBowl #Madden17 pic.twitter.com/vpjBBuEtyD

— Samuel Sutton (@ssl01191) January 30, 2017

Atlanta would score again on their next drive, this time in the form of a field goal. This put them up 29-17.

New England was able to score a touchdown on their drive with a three-yard pass from Brady to tight end Matt Lengel. This moved them up to 29-24.

Touchdown Pats! Brady throws a 3-yard pass to Matt Lengel. @AtlantaFalcons lead 29-24. #SuperBowl #SB51 #Madden17 pic.twitter.com/vNjZmKOieo

— Samuel Sutton (@ssl01191) January 30, 2017

Atlanta wouldn’t quit. Ryan found a wide-open Taylor Gabriel down the left sideline for another touchdown. This moved the Falcons up 36-24.

Taylor Gabriel might have just put the needle in the coffin in this #SuperBowl. @AtlantaFalcons lead 36-24 with 2:03 left. #Madden17 #SB51 pic.twitter.com/JAorAY4R48

— Samuel Sutton (@ssl01191) January 30, 2017

New England struggled to move the ball on their next drive, as they failed a fourth down conversion. The ball turned over to Atlanta with 1:35 left in the fourth. Instead of just running out the clock, Atlanta scored another field goal, putting them up 39-24.

The Patriots played hard on their next drive, and they scored in the form of a pass to wide receiver Michael Floyd.

Touchdown! Michael Floyd scores a last minute TD. 39-31 @AtlantaFalcons pic.twitter.com/7dtjerwD2L

— Samuel Sutton (@ssl01191) January 30, 2017

At 39-31, the Patriots tried an onside kick but would fail to recover the football. Atlanta ran out the clock on their next drive and won the game by a score of 39-31.

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The MVP went to Alford, and rightfully so. Alford’s pick six gave the Falcons enough momentum to turn this game around, and they were able to win it in the end. If this happens, Atlanta will win their first Super Bowl in franchise history, and it may give fans a completely different perspective on Ryan as a dominant quarterback.

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