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Falcons C Alex Mack reportedly will play in Super Bowl LI with ‘chip fracture’ in left fibula 02.05.17 at 9:17 am ET
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Alex Mack reportedly will play in the game with a fractured left fibia.(Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Alex Mack reportedly will play in the game with a fractured left fibula.(Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

HOUSTON — It’s been known for a week that Falcons center Alex Mack will play in Super Bowl LI, but there’s still a big question of how effective he will be.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Mack will play with a fracture in his left fibula that he suffered in the NFC championship game. There’s no word on how long he will be able to play, or how effective he will be.

In the report, Schefter said one source told him Mack could have missed six to eight weeks and it’s a concern for Atlanta.

In the pool report Saturday, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn was asked if he believes if Mack will play the whole game.

“I do. And the reason I do is because I knew he would have to go full speed on Wednesday and Thursday and stick his foot in the ground and go,” Quinn said. “The fact that he was able to do that, and then I went back to watch the [practice] tape and communicated with him, and honestly, he said [his leg] felt better than it did in the NFC championship game. That made me feel a lot better, and when I watched him, it looked like him. We know he is ready.”

The Pro Bowl center will receive a pain-killing injection to help him get through the game.

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10 prop bet locks for Patriots-Falcons in Super Bowl LI at 7:00 am ET
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There are a number of locks when it comes to prop bets in Super Bowl Li. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports)

There are a number of locks when it comes to prop bets in Super Bowl Li. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports)

HOUSTON — A big part of the Super Bowl viewing experience is not just watching the game, it’s having squares and also perhaps wagering on some prop bets.

Here are 10 prop bets that have a good chance of winning (odds are courtesy of Bovada).

1. Patriots first quarter points: over 7.

The Patriots are one of the best first quarter teams in football, averaging over eight points a game in the opening quarter. Although they haven’t scored in the first quarter in the previous six Super Bowls under Bill Belichick, this one feels different, especially with the 27th ranked Atlanta defense.

2. Dion Lewis total receiving yards: over 22.5.

New England’s running backs should have big games. This could be like Super Bowl XLIX when the top receiving target was Shane Vereen out of the backfield. Also look at James White over 25.5 yards.

3. Taylor Gabriel total receiving yards: over 47.5.

The Falcons are likely going to pass a lot and when it comes to the Patriots’ secondary, the opposition’s No. 3 receiver usually has a big game. The Patriots will likely focus their defense on Julio Jones, which could free up Gabriel for a solid night.

4. Tom Brady rushing yards: over 2.5.

This year more than any other year, Brady has shown the ability to make plays with his feet, and to get past the 2.5-yard mark all he needs his one scramble. Also, the quarterback has been known to be a fan of the quarterback sneak.

5. Tom Brady total completions: under 26.5.

Could be wrong on this one, but the Patriots could go with a heavy rushing attack against the Atlanta defense and limit Brady’s throws, as well as time on the field. In five out of his last six games, Brady has completed less than 26 passes.

6. Dion Lewis rushing attempts: over 9.5.

Lewis is going to have a big game and the Patriots could alternate between LeGarrette Blount and Lewis getting carries in the backfield. He’s received double-digit carries in four out of the last five games, as the team has continued to increase his work load each week since his return.

7. Dont’a Hightower tackles: under 5.

While Hightower is the leader of the Patriots’ defense, it doesn’t seem like this will be a big game for the signal-caller in terms of making tackles. Hightower’s strength is stopping the run and the Falcons likely won’t be running the ball much. Also, Hightower is still dealing with a shoulder injury, which saw his playing time dip against the Steelers in the AFC title game.

8. Will the word “lacrosse” be said on the broadcast?: yes.

Probably the lock of the century. Not only is it Chris Hogan’s back story, but big with Bill and Steve Belichick.

9. Times  “deflate” or “Deflategate” be used on the broadcast: over 1.5.

One of the biggest storylines of the game — the Patriots and Brady getting the ultimate revenge for what took place over the last two years and Brady being suspended the first four games. If Brady is in the MVP running, this might happen twice in the fourth quarter alone.

10. LeGarrette Blount rushing yards: over 57.5.

The Patriots will have a run-heavy attack against the weakness in the Atlanta defense and with Blount being the lead back this should happen.

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Terrell Owens didn’t make NFL Hall of Fame, but did say Patriots will win Super Bowl LI 02.04.17 at 8:55 pm ET
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HOUSTON — The NFL announced its 2017 Hall of Fame class on Saturday and wide receiver Terrell Owens was not one of them.

The wide receiver took to Twitter and appeared upset with the process. He wrote: Unfortunately I DID NOT MAKE IT again this year. Thanks to ALL my fans & supporters. #FlawedProcess.

While he didn’t make it into the Hall of Fame, he did give a prediction for the Super Bowl.

On Radio Row Friday, Owens didn’t have time to stop for an interview, but did tell WEEI.com the Patriots will beat the Falcons on Sunday night in Super Bowl LI.

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Based off Tom Brady’s Instagram, it looks like his mom will attend Super Bowl LI at 7:11 pm ET
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HOUSTON — There was some question of whether or not Tom Brady’s mom Galynn would be able to attend Super Bowl LI because of health concerns, but based off Brady posting a picture with he and his parents at NRG Stadium on Saturday it looks like she will be in attendance.

“I’m still hopeful, I’m not sure. Hopeful is a good word,” Brady said on Thursday.

Although Galynn reportedly was dealing with an illness over the last 18 month, the word is she is doing much better of late.

Here is the family picture shot Saturday.

Sandwich kiss for Mom at Picture Day!!! Go Pats!!!!

A photo posted by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on

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Bill Belichick on eve of Super Bowl LI: ‘Now it’s the waiting game, but I think we’re ready’ at 5:37 pm ET
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Bill Belichick has done everything he can prior to Super Bowl LI. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick has done everything he can prior to Super Bowl LI. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

HOUSTON — There are almost 24 hours until Super Bowl LI and the Patriots appear ready to go.

Thanks to a pool report from Jim Thomas, the Patriots didn’t hold a walkthrough, rather a family and friends “photo day” at the stadium in what has become a Patriots Super Bowl tradition.

“They put up with a lot from us all year,” Bill Belichick said. “So it’s a chance for them to experience being on the field and take pictures with their family, the players. It’s a good keepsake.”

The team also gathered for a team photo on the field and also positional group photos.

Now that everything has wrapped up, Belichick has done all he can. Now, it’s just wait for Sunday night and the game.

“Now it’s the waiting game, but I think we’re ready,” Belichick said.

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Want to get fired up for Super Bowl LI? Watch this video Tom Brady posted to Facebook on Saturday at 4:20 pm ET
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HOUSTON — Tom Brady posted a video to Facebook on Saturday afternoon.

The message seemed to be how naturally he is a quiet person and doesn’t say much, but when he’s on the football field he is able to let everything go and be himself.

It will surely get you fired up for Sunday’s game.

Click here to watch.

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Fun Facts: 51 things to know about Patriots-Falcons in Super Bowl LI at 4:15 pm ET
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Tom Brady and Bill Belichick could set lots of all-time records on Sunday. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick could set lots of all-time records on Sunday. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

HOUSTON — It’s almost here.

Sunday’s meeting between the Patriots and Falcons is right around the corner. It figures to be a high scoring game with both offenses being among the best in the league.

With it being Super Bowl LI, here are 51 things to know about the game.

1. The Patriots haven’t scored a single point in the first quarter of any of their Super Bowls under Bill Belichick.

2. Atlanta and New England were the best offenses in the first quarter this season. Going into the game, the Patriots lead the league averaging 8.6 points per game in the opening quarter, while the Falcons are second with 8.3.

3. The Patriots have scored points in 54 of 56 quarters played with Tom Brady this season, including 31 straight. The last time they didn’t score was the first quarter against the Jets on Nov. 27.

4. The Patriots are three-point favorites in the game. The underdog has won the last five Super Bowls outright and the underdogs have covered in 12 out of the last 15 years, according to OddsShark.com. As for the Patriots, they have covered the spread in just two of their six Super Bowls with Belichick and Brady.

5. The over/under for the game is 59 points, the highest in Super Bowl history.

6. Atlanta’s defense has forced a turnover in 10 straight games. The Patriots are 92-10 when not turning the ball over since 2001.

7. Including the playoffs, New England is 178-15 when scoring 23 or more points under Belichick.

8. The Falcons have allowed over 100 yards rushing in six out of their last seven games. In New England’s last five losses overall, it failed to rush for 100 yards, and overall in 13 of its last 16 losses it failed to rush for 100 yards.

9. In the postseason, the Patriots are a perfect 9-0 when they have a 100-yard rusher.

10. Since 2013 including the playoffs, the Patriots are 34-4 when Julian Edelman goes over 70 yards receiving. (He has in 10 straight games.)

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