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ESNY's Super Bowl 51 Preview: Tom Brady's legacy faces Matt Ryan's freshness

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Montana led an 11-play, 92-yard drive, finding John Taylor for the game-winning touchdown on a 10-yard pass with 34 seconds left on the clock.

Khalil Mack was named Defensive Player of the year after recording 10.5 sacks for the Oakland Raiders, beating out Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller by just one vote. A total of 17 quarterbacks were - including three rookies.

Matt Ryan, please stop reading. Fans at Minute Maid Park cheered for the two franchise leaders, two men who could pass as brothers if we were unaware.

The Patriots boast the NFL's No. 1 scoring defense, allowing only 250 points. But a season with 4,944 passing yards and 38 TDs to just seven interceptions earned him the MVP award by a significant margin, with Ryan picking up 15 more votes than runner-up Tom Brady. Perhaps most importantly, Ryan has a spotless reputation off the field. As he evolved into the lead MVP candidate, Ryan maintained a team-oriented approach whenever he discussed the possibility of achieving the league's highest individual honor.

The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons square off Sunday night in the Super Bowl, and both starting quarterbacks have an opportunity to add to their respective legacies. But while most everyone outside of Gillette Stadium sat awestruck at Brady's brilliance, Ryan noticed something: He'd been running the same plays all season.

Of course, the Super Bowl MVP went to his quarterback, Doug Williams, who threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns.

Ryan's marketing agent, Alan Zucker, did not respond to FOX Business' request for comment. They have a quarterback who's been consistent for most of his career.

According to ESPN, the only other time this has happened was in 2010, when future Hall of Famers Drew Brees (84.2 QBR) and Peyton Manning (82.8 QBR) squared off in Super Bowl XLIV. Brady has gravitated toward deals with lifestyle brands like Under Armour and Ugg boots.

"He was such a huge part of the sports fabric in that town, and for him to be supportive and help me out in the way that he has throughout my career has been really, really nice". "There are some where it falls to the wayside".

"Brands want to see what's going to separate [Ryan] from the next guy", Schwab said.

"This is what you dream about as a kid is playing in a game, playing in this game and winning this game", Ryan said.

There have been twenty Super Bowls in my life, and I have nearly certainly watched all of them.

The Falcons rank #1 on offense, but a horrendous #27 on defense. It is all done to lead to a chance to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy late Sunday night in Houston. Even K Mark Moseley played on a team with the #1 defense and #12 offense (although it was a strike-shortened year and should be thrown out).

The Atlanta Falcons come in as the fresh face, the new kids on the block who'd love to knock off the vets and represent a new powerhouse in the NFL. Andy Reid never learned clock management, and my National Football League plans were sidelined, mostly by an athleticism akin to that of the aforementioned coach.

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