The New England Patriots are facing off against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday during the Super Bowl LI in Houston.
The teams are quite literally the best in the league, with the Pats having the best defense and the Falcons having the best offense.
The Pats are making their ninth appearance at the event, and QB Tom Brady could win his fifth ring if New England brings home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Brady’s return to the Super Bowl comes after a four-game suspension in the beginning of the season after the Deflategate scandal in the 2015 AFC Championship Game.
The big game is Atlanta’s first appearance in the Super Bowl since a 34-19 loss against the Denver Broncos in 1999, so it’s a big moment for coach Dan Quinn, QB Matt Ryan and the rest of the team.
Politics are making their way from the field to the stands and people’s televisions. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend, and former President George H. W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush are participating in the coin toss. Some of the ads for Sunday’s big game have already garnered some major attention, including a Budweiser commercial about the beer’s immigrant founder that has received threats of a boycott as well as applause from supporters.
Speaking of politics, pop superstar Lady Gaga is set to perform at the halftime show, and reports say she was specifically told not to saying anything political during her performance. With Gaga’s social activist past and last year’s “Formation” controversy with Beyonce’s performance, we’re waiting to see how it all plays out.
Country heartthrob Luke Bryan will do a rendition of the National Anthem to kick off the festivities, and bets are already being placed for how long his version of the anthem will be.
Tune into Fox at 6:30 p.m. to see how the showdown plays out and who takes home the trophy.