5 Reasons Why the Patriots Will Win Super Bowl LI

The New England Patriots have a tough task ahead in facing the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. If New England gets the job done, which factors will contribute to their victory?

Tom Brady looks like a farm animal. Georgia-based hip-hop group Migos released a new album and masterfully rapped the words to a children's book. Depending on which side you're pulling for, these could both be justifications for declaring that either the New England Patriots or the Atlanta Falcons will win Super Bowl LI.

We've had almost two full weeks to analyze this puppy, so every aspect of Sunday's game is going to be discussed in one way or another. And while we should never sleep on the magical powers of Migos' music, some of them may not be as legitimate as others.

This is why now would be a good time to pull back, breathe for a second, and look at things from a macro perspective. The alternative theories are good for killing time, but they can also distract us from the bigger picture of what will decide Sunday's game.

There are countless reasons to believe the Falcons have a shot to crank out a victory, many of which have shown up on this very website. We're not trying to say that the Patriots have this in hand because that's very much not true. But if New England were to win, what would be the factors that would lead to their victory?

Let's dissect five of those possibilities with the help of advanced metrics. They're not quite as fun as imagining a hoofed Tom Brady gallivanting around the yard, but they'll probably give us a better idea of what to expect when Sunday comes around.