On the night of January 22nd, both the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots beat out their opponents for a spot in Super Bowl LI, which will air on Sunday, February 5th at 6:30 p.m. EST and take place at Houston’s NRG Stadium.
The Atlanta Falcons were up against the Green Bay Packers in their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, and managed to win with a score of 44 points to the Packers’ 21. The New England Patriots faced the Pittsburgh Steelers, and defeated them with a score of 36 to the Steelers’ 17.
The favored team this year is the Patriots, who are predicted to win the game by 3 points.
The Patriots are no strangers to the Super Bowl, being that they went to and won it only just last year, and have several years in the past. However, the Falcons haven’t participated in a Super Bowl since they won against the Minnesota Vikings in January of 1998.
With this being said, the players won’t be the only stars of the show. Luke Bryan, country music star, will sing the national anthem before the start of the game, being the first country singer to do so since Carrie Underwood in 2010 at Super Bowl XLIV.
The Super Bowl Halftime Show will be performed by Lady Gaga, and if the rumors are true, she may doing a cover or two of songs by recently deceased musical legends such as Prince and David Bowie. Another rumor of Gaga’s performance is whether or not it will take place on the retractable roof of Houston’s NRG Stadium. She allegedly would like to begin her performance on the roof, and then drop down into the stadium and onto the stage below. However, concerns for her safety have been called to attention, and this dream may not become reality.
With this performance, Gaga will join the ranks of the many talented artists that have performed at the Halftime Show including Beyonce, Katy Perry, Madonna, U2, and Bruno Mars.
Good luck to both teams and all of the performers!