New England's NFL team is on the way to its seventh Super Bowl. The New England Patriots will face the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI (51) at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, February 5, 2017. Kickoff time is 6:30 p.m. EST.
When my little girl was a Junior Patriots Cheerleader, I got a behind-the-scenes look at just what a tight ship the New England Patriots organization runs, so I'm certain head coach Bill Belichick and his team have quite a game plan prepared. The Patriots started this season without star quarterback Tom Brady, who was serving a four-game suspension in conjunction with "Deflategate": the overblown allegation that the organization intentionally underinflated footballs that were on the field when the Patriots walloped the Colts to claim the AFC Championship in 2015.
The Patriots went on to win Super Bowl XLIX that year, but the NFL investigation lingered on. Proving their ability to overcome this controversy will make the Patriots'--and Tom Brady's--fifth Super Bowl victory particularly sweet. Go Pats!
Here's a guide for Patriots fans and non-fans to cheering for New England's team and hosting a New England-themed Super Bowl party:
New England Super Bowl Recipes
If the gang is coming to your place to watch the Super Bowl and to cheer for the Patriots, you'll want to make sure the grub you serve fits the occasion! Here's the Super Bowl party inspiration you need. I've collected snack and appetizer recipes with New England flair, from lobster nachos to maple chicken wings to help you plan the perfect, New England-themed football party.
The New England Patriots for Kids
Are your kids big New England Patriots football fans? Here's a collection of coloring pages, online games and activities and other resources for young Patriots fans.
Win Super Bowl Tickets
Still dreaming of being at the game in Houston instead of on your buddy's couch? You have until noon Eastern time on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 to enter to win two tickets to Super Bowl LI from the Patriots. The lucky winner will also receive two round-trip JetBlue flights to Houston, a three-night hotel stay and a $200 Patriots ProShop gift card.
Win a Super Bowl Trip
Want more chances to win a seat at Super Bowl LI? Try your luck, and you just might win free Super Bowl tickets or a trip to the Big Game. About.com's Contests Expert Sandra Grauschopf rounds up opportunities to enter to win 2017 Super Bowl sweepstakes.
5 Things You Need to Know About Super Bowl LI in Houston
Houston Expert Annalise Little will help you navigate the Super Bowl host city if you're headed to Texas to cheer for the Patriots.
Free Super Bowl Email Invitations
From Evite, use one of several Super Bowl designs to send free email invitations to your Super Bowl Party.
Latest Super Bowl Odds from USA Today
Check USA Today for the latest odds on the Big Game. With no runaway favorite to win Super Bowl LI, you may have to wager with your heart.
New England Travel Ideas for Super Bowl Fans
Patriots Hall is a Must-See Attraction for Football Fans
Ever wished you could huddle with Tom Brady, go under the hood to review a close call, try on a Super Bowl ring, attempt a 45-yard field goal in the snow or see four Vince Lombardi trophies (maybe five soon!) up close? On this photo tour, I'll show you why The Hall at Patriot Place in Foxborough, Massachusetts, is a must-see not only for Patriots fans, but for anyone who loves football.
Meet the Clydesdales Up Close
Will we see the Budweiser Clydesdales in a Super Bowl commercial this year? If you're a fan of these majestic horses, I have good news: You can meet these famous mascots by visiting the Clydesdale Hamlet at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack, New Hampshire. It's open free every day, year-round.