Super Bowl history: The Falcons are appearing in their first Super Bowl since 1999. This will be the Patriots' NFL-best ninth Super Bowl appearance. It will be the team's seventh appearance under head coach Bill Belichick.
Betting line: The Patriots opened as a three-point favorite over the Falcons.
Larry Hartstein, of sportsline.com, writes that the underdog has covered 11 of the past 15 Super Bowls. Eight of those 11 underdogs won outright.
It is expected to be among the highest scoring Super Bowls.
A record $132.5 million was wagered on the Super Bowl last year at Nevada sportsbooks.
About the Falcons: The Falcons are led by second-year coach Dan Quinn. The Falcons' offense, with nine-year quarterback Matt Ryan, led the league in scoring at 33.8 points per game. In two games this season the team was held to under 360 yards of total offense. One of those games was a 42-14 win over the Rams.
About the Patriots: New England, who started the season without Tom Brady as he served a four-game suspension, was third in the league with 51 offensive touchdowns. Its defense allowed a league-low 250 points all season.
Head-to-head: The Patriots are 7-6 all-time against the Falcons since 2001. With Brady under center, New England has won their last four meetings with against Atlanta by an average of 10 points.