Building the Teams of Super Bowl LI

Julio Jones and Malcolm Butler at Super Bowl LI

Julio Jones (right) of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates a touchdown in front of Malcolm Butler (left) of the New England Patriots in a screenshot captured from EA SPORTS Madden NFL 17. Screenshot © Depth in Gaming (,

Before the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons took the field at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, February 5th, 2017, it took years of drafting, free agent signings, and general team-building to prepare those teams to be the last two standing. Now, on the day that the 2017 NFL Draft begins, we take a look at how the Patriots and Falcons were built for last year’s championship game, including how the draft plays a role in their specific approaches and what we can learn from the ratings of EA SPORTS Madden NFL 17.

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