Patriots vs. Steelers: thoughts from Lee on the 1st half

Atlanta Falcons guard Andy Levitre in a action during the NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3 Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon vs. Bud Dupree and James Harrison: The New England offensive tackles - Solder on the left, Cannon on the right - will need to be at their best against ageless wonder Harrison and rising star Dupree.

Leading those offenses are two of the sport's premier quarterbacks.

Super Bowl 51 will feature a franchise with boatloads of Super Bowl experience against one making just its second appearance in the big game - and first in almost two decades.

Bell's fresh off one of his best rushing performances of the season as he racked up 170 yards on 30 carries against the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC divisional round. Le'Veon Bell might be the NFL's top running back, and he averages more yards from scrimmage per game than any player in history.

The season started for the New England Patriots knee deep in the backwash of the Deflategate scandal, their quarterback suspended for four games, their season threatened with disarray.

New England finished No. 1 in scoring defence, and allowed fewer rushing yards in four December games (247 combined) than any other National Football League club. Hogan reeled in 9 catches for 180 yards with 2 TDs, as the Pats beat the Steelers black-and-yellow in a clinical 36-17 win. Many experts wrote him off earlier this season, but he has looked better recently than he has in years.

The Broncos hit Brady 20 times in a 20-18 victory that sent them on their way to the Super Bowl. The Falcons have been putting up insane high point totals on a very consistent basis and we should expect the same this week.

Shields, a seven-year vet and full-time starter the last four seasons, missed all but one game in 2016 recovering from a concussion. Brady is already playing without Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski.

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Brady is 4-0 against Atlanta, completing 67 percent of his passes for 1,193 yards and nine touchdowns against just one interception. Brady's passing yardage was also a franchise postseason mark.

Roethlisberger was sacked a career-low 17 times during the regular season. And whichever other receivers play - Malcom Mitchell, Danny Amendola or Michael Floyd - Brady will find them.

Matt Ryan chases a Super Bowl ring to cap off what's in all likelihood going to be a league MVP year.



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