The biggest day in professional football is rapidly approaching and people are ready to place their bets on the big game. While most people will take the easy route and choose the favorite, others may be looking for an upset in this year’s Super Bowl.
The New England Patriots are in pursuit of their fifth Super Bowl victory in their ninth appearance, and while the odds are in their favor, the Atlanta Falcons are looking to snag their first Super Bowl victory ever.
According to a researcher, who has analyzed sevens of in-game data, the Falcons may have a chance for an upset. The researcher, Konstantinos Pelechrinis, has supposedly analyzed the data from every NFL matchup to create a probability model that can predict the winner of any matchup, Daily Mail reports.
Pelechrinis ran 10,000 simulations for Sunday’s game, by which he was ultimately able to conclude that the Falcons had a 54% chance of beating the Patriots.
“I believe both die-hard football fans and casual viewers will be in for an exciting game this Sunday. The Patriots and the Falcons are two dynamic, high scoring football teams that perform extraordinarily well in the key areas of the game that most impact winning,” Pelechrinis said. “However, we are confident that it will be the Atlanta Falcons walking away with that franchise’s first Vince Lombardi Trophy.”
If Pelechrinis’ calculations are correct, a Falcons win would be a win for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who would not have to present the Vince Lombardi Trophy to Tom Brady.