Why Troy Aikman is so excited for Sunday’s Super Bowl showdown

January 31, 2017 - 1:31 pm
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[caption id="attachment_116702" align="alignright" width="400"] Troy Aikman is all-in on this Super Bowl matchup. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)[/caption] HOUSTON — Troy Aikman is just as fired up as everyone else. He's well aware of the history of the two signal-callers coming into this game: Super Bowl LI features the highest combined passer rating by opposing quarterbacks in any Super Bowl. The idea of Tom Brady and Matt Ryan going head-to-head with everything at stake? You can't blame the former Dallas quarterback for being more than a little giddy about the showdown between what he called "the two top quarterbacks in the league this year." "It's not surprising. I expect them both to go out and play well — they have all year. I hope they do," Aikman said Tuesday. "When you get into a game like this, that has this type of magnitude, you just want everybody to give their best effort and you can walk off the field saying I did the best I could. You're still going to be disappointed if you didn't win. But going out and not playing well in a game like this is the last thing you want." Of course, Aikman — who will call the game on Fox with Joe Buck — can appreciate a well-executed defensive scheme as well. He's anxious to see what Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia have in store for Ryan and the high-octane Atlanta offense. "I'm looking forward — really probably [the] most — to seeing what Bill Belichick has in store for that offense," he said. "I don't want speak for Bill Belichick, but I would think he's not going to let Julio Jones beat him. [That] would be first. "And then, I think the other part of that is, you look back to that first Super Bowl of theirs against the Rams and how much they banged Marshall Faulk coming out of the backfield," he added. "I could see where it could be a physical, punishing game for [Devonta] Freeman and [Tevin] Coleman coming out of the backfield." For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.