Osi Umenyiora played for the Atlanta Falcons but won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants
Atlanta beat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game to reach only their second Super Bowl.
Now four-time league champions New England Patriots are all that stand between them and a first ever Super Bowl title in Sunday’s showdown.
And former Falcon Osi Umenyiora, twice a winner with the New York Giants, believes the Georgia outfit do stand a chance – but the opposition will not make it easy for them.
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“The Patriots don’t beat themselves,” Umenyiora told Express Sport.
“They don’t make mistakes at all.
“You’re physically going to have to beat them.
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“You play against a lot of teams that make mistakes and do little things all the time that give you the opportunity to go out there and win.
“But the Patriots don’t.
“You have to do everything yourself.”
Both of Umenyiora’s Super Bowl wins came against the Patriots – in 2008 and 2012 – but admitted he still cannot find a way to bet against the New England side.
Coach Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have 10 rings between them and the former defensive end is knows the Falcons will have to play out of their skin to win.
“You have to be the better team and the more physical team,” added Umenyiora.
“You have to understand that you can’t beat yourself either by making the same mistakes you might have made in other games.
“You have to be almost perfect in order to win.”
***Super Bowl LI, the climax of the NFL season, is live from Houston this Sunday at 11.30pm on BBC One, with a preview on The NFL Show tonight on BBC One after Match of the Day.***