Super Bowl 51: Start Time & TV Channel for Patriots vs. Falcons

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The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons meet in Super Bowl LI on Sunday, seeking football’s greatest prize.

Here’s a look at when the game starts, as well as other information you need to know:

Date: Sunday, February 5, 2017

Start Time: 6:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Fox; You can click here for information on where to watch the game outside the United States

Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Spread: Patriots (-3), per

Over/Under: 58

Matchup to Watch: Julio Jones vs. Patriots Secondary. If you try to stop Jones, the NFL’s most dangerous physical specimen, with single coverage, he’s likely to make you pay, as we saw during the NFC Championship. But if you throw double teams and bracket coverage at him, as Bill Belichick and Co. did to neutralize Antonio Brown in the AFC Championship, there are still potential problems.

One, he still has the talent to beat double teams. Two, if you do slow him down, you’re opening things up for Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Mohamed Sanu, Taylor Gabriel and the Falcons’ slew of other weapons.

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“If you want to [sell out] to stop Julio, it gets everyone else open,” says Falcons receiver Justin Hardy. “You can pick your poison, what you want to stop. But how we run things, the depth we have, it’s next man up.”

There’s a reason the Falcons have scored 30-plus points in six straight games and put up historically good numbers. There’s no easy solution to stopping them.

But that’s what makes this matchup so compelling. Not only do the Patriots have the No. 1 scoring defense (though the schedule certainly has something to do with that), but they also have Bill Belichick, who has proven to be one of the best ever at neutralizing opposing teams’ top weapons.

If there’s anyone capable of slowing down Atlanta’s attack, it’s Belichick with two weeks of preparation.

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