Super Bowl LI is just around the corner. The National Football League returned to using Roman numerals this year. If you’re rusty, this will be the 51st game. The big matchup will be held on February 5, 2016 at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Super Bowl determines the NFL champion and is played between the top team of the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference respectively.
Each conference champion willface off against five other teams in the conference playoffs. The National Football Conference playoffseeds will be based on the teams’ performances during the regular season as follows: 1st – Dallas Cowboys; 2nd – Seattle Seahawks; 3rd – Detroit Lions; 4th – Atlanta Falcons; 5th – New York Giants; and 6th – Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The top six seeded teams for the playoffs to determine the champion of the American Football Conference will be as follows: 1st – Oakland Raiders; 2nd – New England Patriots; 3rd – Baltimore Ravens; 4th – Houston Texans; 5th – Kansas City Chiefs; and 6th – Denver Broncos.
The NFL playoffs kick off with the Wild Card round that will be played on January 7 and 8. The playoff games for the division level will be held on January 14 and 15. The championship games for the conferences will be played on Sunday, January 22.
The New England Patriots are favored to win Super Bowl LI. Sports pundits predict that the Patriots will have smooth sailing into the AFC championships, having reached the conference championship games for five years straight. The 2016 Patriots team is considered to be better than the teams of the past five years. The four-game suspension of quarterback Tom Brady is not expected to significantly influence the team’s chances of winning the AFC championship.
There is no clear favorite in the National Football Conference. The Seahawks are slightly favored in the playoffs, having allowed the fewest points in the league for four years straight. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has the best passer rate in the NFL this season.
The champion of the Super Bowl will receive the Vince Lombardi Trophy, named after the legendary NFL coach.