Who's playing in 2017 Super Bowl: Starting rosters for Patriots, Falcons

Who's playing in the Super Bowl? Yes, it's a valid question.

Turns out the Patriots and Falcons are the ones playing in the Super Bowl. Who knew! If you want to drill down a little further, there are also 106 individuals playing for these teams, with 44 of those guys serving as starters in the Super Bowl.

Below we'll get into the starters and rosters for each of the two teams, but bear in mind with these two defenses -- and, really the offenses -- things get tricky because of the modern personnel moves that coaches Dan Quinn and Bill Belichick deploy.

Technically Levine Toilolo started for the Falcons against the Packers, when Atlanta came out in a singleback set and ran Devonta Freeman off the right side with a seven blockers. We're going to cheat a bit and give the Falcons three different wideouts as starters because it makes more sense with their offensive approach.

All the details on how to watch the Super Bowl can be found here and below.

Also of interest: colleague Pete Prisco already did a fantastic job ranking every starter in the Super Bowl, which you can check out right here. You can also see how the starters for each team ranked as high school recruits (courtesy of Jon Solomon) and see where the starters for each team comes from in terms of where they played in college (courtesy of Tom Fornelli).

All starters in bold and based on championship weekend, depth charts via team websites and the always indispensable Ourlads site. Seriously don't get to hung up on the starters.

How to watch the Super Bowl

  • Who: New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons
  • When: Sunday, Feb. 5, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: NRG Stadium, Houston
  • Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
  • Halftime show: Lady Gaga
  • TV: Fox
  • Streaming: Fox Sports GO. Viewers can use iOS, Android, Windows, and Amazon tablets or through connected devices, including Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire and Xbox One. NFL Game Pass (available to watch online after midnight)

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