The New England Patriots will be sporting their white jerseys when they take on the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5.
Mike Reiss of ESPN reported this information on his Twitter account on Tuesday.
NFL teams wearing white hold a 32-18 overall record on the game’s biggest stage. This statistic clearly didn’t phase the Falcons, the designated home team for the Super Bowl, who had a chance to side with history and wear their white jerseys, but decided to roll the dice and wear red anyway.
Every year, the “home” and “away” team switches conferences. Last season, the Denver Broncos choose to wear their white jerseys in Super Bowl 50 for superstitious reasons and wound up defeating the 15-1 Carolina Panthers by a score of 24-10 due to a stellar performance by Von Miller. The season before, the Seattle Seahawks choose to wear their colored jerseys, which made New England wear their white uniforms as a result.
The Patriots are 2-1 in Super Bowls when they wear white. New England wore white when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX and the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. The Pats’ lone loss in their white jerseys was in Super Bowl XXXI before they had Tom Brady on their roster.
On the other hand, New England holds a 2-2 record in Super Bowls when wearing their blue uniforms. They were victorious in Super Bowl XXXVI and Super Bowl XXXVIII, but fell short in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI. When the Patriots wore their red uniforms in Super Bowl XX, they were blown out by the Chicago Bears.
New England hasn’t lost a game in their white jerseys since last season’s AFC Championship game. In 2016, the Patriots posted an 8-0 record on the road, wearing white in seven of those games. New England’s two losses this season occured when they wore blue.
In 11 of the past 12 Super Bowls, the winning team wore white. The Patriots have the Uniform Football Gods on their side in Super Bowl LI, which should please Pats fans.