Feb 1, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) answers questions at a press conference for Super Bowl LI at Westin Houston Memorial City Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

ESNY Staff Predictions

Christian Kouroupakis

Super Bowl Champions: Patriots
Final Score: 38-35
Super Bowl MVP: Chris Hogan (#WeAre)

Billy Nayden

Super Bowl Champions: Falcons
Final Score: 35-28
Super Bowl MVP: Matt Ryan
An absolute shootout that comes down to the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Last team with the ball wins.

Skylar Darel

Super Bowl Champions: Falcons
Winner against the spread (Pats -3): Falcons
Final Score: 28-24
Super Bowl MVP: Julio Jones

Allison Case

Super Bowl Champions: Patriots
Winner against the spread (Pats -3): Patriots
Final Score: 28-24
Super Bowl MVP: LeGarrette Blount
Sticking with the early prediction. The Patriots are just too experienced and we all know Bill Belichick has a few tricks up his sleeve. It’ll be a fun game to watch, but the Patriots will not slow down on the Tom Brady Revenge Tour.

Garrett Ey

Super Bowl Champions: Atlanta Falcons
Winner against the spread (Pats -3): Atlanta Falcons (OUT….RIGHT!)
Final Score: 24-20
Super Bowl MVP: Tevin Coleman
This will be a game that is won in the trenches. The Atlanta Falcons Wide Receivers are going to open up some space for the star running back tandem of Devonte Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Both are excellent in the passing game, so expect to see the short passing game utilized frequently. As I see a great game by both backs, I think the constant pounding that Tevin Coleman can apply to a defense will be the difference in the game.

Chris Boccia


Super Bowl Champions: New England Patriots
Winner against the spread (Pats -3): Pats (-11)
Final Score: Patriots 31, Falcons 20
Super Bowl MVP: Tom Brady
Hate to follow the herd on Super Bowl predictions, but – it’s Patriots, Patriots, and some more Patriots. Belichick and Brady. Tried and tested. It’s almost become a routine to see the Pats donning Super Bowl stripes on the year’s most popular sporting event, but expect to see those familiar faces hoisting the Lombardi Trophy again. It was fun while it lasted for Atlanta, and football collectively hopes the run won’t end on Sunday. The Pats will have other plans, though. Under Brady’s steady hands, New England captures Super Bowl 51 by a score of 31-20. Here’s to dynasties, I guess.

Patrick Hennessy

Super Bowl Champions: New England Patriots
Final Score: 27-14

Matt O’Leary

Super Bowl Champions: Patriots
Winner against the spread (Pats -3): Patriots
Final Score: 28-24
Super Bowl MVP: Tom Brady
This will be a back and forth game, but the experienced Tom Brady will have the poise, in the end, to get it done. Brady will lead his team down the field for a late score to give the Pats a lead. His defense will seal the win with a Rob Ninkovich strip sack.

Frank Ramsay

Super Bowl Champions: Falcons
Final Score: 35-24
Super Bowl MVP: Devonta Freeman

Matt Leach

Super Bowl Champions: Patriots
Final Score: 27-23
Bill Belichick always finds a way to slow down a high-powered offense in the Super Bowl.

Alex Jordan

Super Bowl Champions: Patriots
Final Score:34-28

Derek Radich

Super Bowl Champions: Patriots
Winner against the spread (Pats -3): Patriots
Final Score: 31-24
Super Bowl MVP: Tom Brady

Greg Slotnick

Super Bowl Champions: Patriots
Winner against the spread (Pats -3): Patriots
Final Score: 31-24
Super Bowl MVP: Dion Lewis
As a Jets fan, it pains me to do this. But we’ve seen it too many times before. Brady will be heroic and Bill Vader will scheme it up to give the Pats every tiny advantage they can get. While Julio will still get his, they’ll double him and keep him in the 8-10 for 90-110 range, while (attempting) to limit the big plays. Close game late until Dion breaks one off. Goodell’s worst nightmare come true.

Jon Rosenstein

Super Bowl Champions: Patriots
Winner against the spread (Pats -3): Patriots
Final Score: 27-23
Super Bowl MVP: Tom Brady
Both teams are led by their star quarterbacks with explosive weapons on offense. However, as it does so many times in the big game, it will come down to defense. While the Falcons have a very good pass rush (led by the NFL sack leader Vic Beasley), the Patriots had the #1 scoring defense in the NFL this season. Their stout defense along with a masterful game plan drawn up by Bill Belichick will lead them to a close victory over a strong Falcons opponent. The MVP will be Tom Brady, whose fifth Lombardi will catapult him into a category of his own in NFL lure.

Vin Vento

Super Bowl Champions: Patriots
Winner against the spread (Pats -3): Patriots
Final Score: Pats 32, Falcons 25
Super Bowl MVP: Tom Brady

Matt Castillo

Super Bowl Prediction: Patriots 34, Falcons 23
Super Bowl MVP: Tom Brady
The Patriots offense will be too much to handle for the Falcons defense. Look for Matt Ryan to make a few plays with his star wideout Julio Jones. But in the end, Tom Brady and his multiple weapons will help the Patriots pull away. The only way to beat the Patriots is to have an elite defense.The Falcons have a solid one but not good enough to slow down the Patriots.

Brady has been out for revenge after the “Deflategate” suspension since the moment he took the field in week five he has been picking apart secondaries.Look for Brady to have a huge game as the Patriots bring home their fifth Super Bowl trophy in franchise history.

David Hong

Super Bowl Prediction: Falcons 28 Patriots 21
It will be a high scoring game. Both team’s offenses will be on just like it was all season. Game will come down to who has the final possession. Brady has been there many times but this time Matty Ice will have final possession and he will throw the game winning to Julio Jones over Malcolm Butler and Atlanta will win their first Super Bowl in franchise history.

Brandon Estrict

Super Bowl Champions: New England Patriots
Winner against the spread (Pats -3): Patriots
Final Score: Patriots 31, Falcons 27
Super Bowl MVP: Tom Brady for a record 4th time

Ryan Long

Super Bowl Champions: Falcons
Winner against the spread (Pats -3): Falcons
Final Score: 31-23
Super Bowl MVP: Matt Ryan
In a classic matchup of top offense against great defense, Matt Ryan and the Falcons outlast the Patriots, stopping Tom Brady from earning a legacy stamping 5th Super Bowl. The Patriots fail to contain all of the weapons the Falcons have to offer.

Anthony Pugliese

Super Bowl Champions: Falcons
Winner against the spread (Pats -3): Falcons
Final Score: 31-27
Super Bowl MVP: Matt Ryan
Matt Ryan continues his MVP-caliber season with a close victory over the New England Patriots to give the Flacons their first Super Bowl title.

Leslie Monteiro

Super Bowl Champions: Falcons
Winner against the spread (Pats -3): (Falcons +6)
Final Score: 37-31
Super Bowl MVP: The pride of Rutgers Mohammed Sanu
I am going with the Falcons because their offense is versatile and multifaceted for New England to stop. You have to pick your poison on who to stop. If Pats stop Julio Jones, then Mohammed Sanu or Taylor Gabriel be the beneficiary of Julio being stopped by catching passes. Falcons have a good running game in Coleman. Their linemen are good enough to get to Brady. Look for Vic Beasley, Deion Jones, De’Vondre Campbell and the ageless Dwight Freeney to frustrate Brady.

Luke Becker

Super Bowl Champions: Patriots
Final Score: 31-27
Super Bowl MVP: Tom Brady

Donny Savitsky

Super Bowl Champions: Patriots
Final Score: 35-24
Super Bowl MVP: Tom Brady

Will Cochrane

Super Bowl Champions: Patriots
Winner against the spread (Pats -3): Falcons Tight game
Final Score: Patriots 27 Falcons 26
Super Bowl MVP: Chris Hogan
This is a very great matchup. Both were the Best of their conferences. Everyone is forgetting these two teams can also play defense. So we will see it ALL in this one, Somewhere somehow, it will be the Patriots and Tom Brady winning another. Their fifth Superbowl. 1 away from the most Pittsburgh Stellers.

Bryan Fried

Super Bowl Champions: Falcons
Winner against the spread (Pats -3): Falcons
Final Score: 38-30
Super Bowl MVP: Matt Ryan

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