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Fans Go Gaga for Super Bowl 51

Bree Pifer, Staff Writer

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Regular season is over, and the NFL playoffs officially started on January 7. There are only 4 teams remaining, all with high hopes to become the next Super Bowl 51 Champions. February 5 is the date of the big game, which will be held at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

The only AFC teams left are New England and Pittsburgh. New England won 14 of their 16 regular season games, holding only 2 losses to first the Buffalo Bills, and second the Seattle Seahawks, whom they beat in Super Bowl 49. Seattle was knocked off by the Atlanta Falcons in a divisional playoff game on January 14.

The Patriots earned a trip to their 6th straight AFC championship game with a dub over the Texans on Saturday. There they will be facing the Steelers who beat the Kansas City Chiefs in a close 2-point playoff victory, 18-16, on Sunday.

The Atlanta Falcons and the New York Giants both finished regular season with a record of 11-5. New York was the only team to beat Dallas, twice, other than a late season loss to Philadelphia which was not very significant in the long run. However, Green Bay knocked the Giants out in the first round of playoffs with a score of 38-13.

The Dallas Cowboys took the title of best record for the NFC this season, largely due to rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. The Cowboys finished the regular season with 13 wins and only 3 losses. Nonetheless, the Packers snatched any hope the Cowboys had for a shot at the Super Bowl with a nail-biting win in the second round of playoffs.

Green Bay had a significant lead until Dallas started to come back in the late third quarter, eventually tying it up in the fourth quarter. It came down to Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby to make a 51-yard field goal with 3 seconds left in the game, handing the Packers a well-earned 34-31 victory.

To many fans’ surprise, the Carolina Panthers didn’t even make it to the playoffs after going all the way to the Super Bowl last year. While they lost 10-24 to Denver, they finished the 2015 regular season with a record of 15-1. Quarterback Cam Newton was named NFL’s Most Valuable Player. This season went much differently however, and the Panthers finished with a lopsided record of 6-10.

If you’re wondering how much it would cost to purchase a ticket to one of the most-watched sporting events of the year, the answer is upwards of $900. Tickets can reach up to $2,750 for good seats. Keep in mind that this is only face value, and rarely will you ever pay only that for a ticket. The average cost for a Super Bowl ticket this year is $6,250.

For those of us watching from home, the game is sure to be a good one, no matter the matchup. Lady Gaga is set to perform this year’s halftime show, after singing the National Anthem for Super Bowl 50. It will either be the Green Bay Packers or Atlanta Falcons facing the New England Patriots or Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 51.

Who do you want to take the title of Super Bowl Champion?

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