Usually, the coronation of each conference champion takes only a few minutes after the game. On Sunday it felt like the ceremonies started much earlier, as the Falcons and Patriots mostly dominated from start to finish. Both teams had a win expectancy exceeding 75 percent by the end of the first quarter and never fell below that mark the rest of the way.

Both rode a bit of luck. The Falcons recovered all three of the fumbles in their game and saw the Packers drop two would-be Matt Ryan interceptions inside their own 10-yard line, while the Patriots had to face Le’Veon Bell for only 11 snaps before Pittsburgh’s superstar back went down with a groin injury. But even with those factors tipping in their favor, both were dominant from start to finish, to the point where analyzing what they did almost seems wasteful.

Let’s instead take a look forward to the newly revealed Super Bowl matchup.

It feels like a 180-degree spin from last year’s Broncos-Panthers matchup, which reinforced the traditional notion of “defense wins championships” — or at least gets you access. Denver and Carolina finished the year first and second in DVOA and then turned off the spigot during the playoffs, holding four of the league’s top five offenses per DVOA to an average of 18.3 points per game. Those same four offenses averaged just over 28.1 points per game during the regular season.

In 2016, though, offense is king. The Falcons and Patriots ranked first and second in offensive DVOA, advancing to the Super Bowl despite finishing 27th and 16th, respectively, on the defensive side of the ball. They’ve continued to score at will during the postseason, racking up 150 combined points across four games, a whopping 37.5 points per game, more than any other pair of conference champions have averaged through that stretch since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

I suspect you don’t need me to tell you the Falcons and Patriots are good at scoring points. The Vegas total for their matchup in two weeks is 58.5 points and rising, which would be the highest pregame total in the history of the event. What might be useful, though, is putting what we’ve seen during the regular season and playoffs with these two teams in context. Where does this rank in terms of great offensive matchups in history? What happened in those games? And have we learned anything new about these two offenses in the postseason?

Offensive Super Bowls

It’s not uncommon for one high-octane offense to make it to the Super Bowl. I mentioned that the Panthers were a defensive juggernaut last year, but they also scored a league-leading 500 points. It is rare, though, to see two offenses as dominant as those of Atlanta and New England make it to the big game. The Falcons and Patriots finished first and third, respectively, in points scored this season.

Is this the best offensive Super Bowl of all time? To figure that out, I used the standardized score methodology I mentioned when I wrote about how the Falcons were flying underneath the national radar at the end of December. I compared Atlanta’s points per game to those around the league in 2016 and then to teams from every other year since the 1970 merger using standardized score. (I’ll translate those scores into a percentile rank which incorporates all teams from 1970 through to 2016.)

My previous piece came before Week 17, but the Falcons unsurprisingly dropped 38 points on the Saints during the final week of the regular season to improve even further. They finished with the eighth-best offense since the merger, at 2.66 standard deviations over the mean, equivalent to the 99.4th percentile. You’ve heard of the teams just ahead of these Falcons: the 2013 Broncos, 1999 and 2001 Rams, 2007 Patriots, 1997 Broncos, and both the 1993 and 1994 49ers. It’s rarefied company. You’ll note three of those seven teams won Super Bowls, although the best offense of the bunch, the 2013 Broncos (analyzed in a similar fashion at the time here), were blown out in a bad style matchup.

The Patriots were a step below the Falcons, but they’re still better than most offenses. They finished in the 87.7th percentile in terms of league-adjusted points per game. If we include the 70 points they’ve scored in two playoff games and compare it to what the rest of the NFL did on an annual basis through the conference championships, they jump up to the 91.3rd percentile, while the Falcons hit 99.5, bumping them ahead of the 1993 49ers into seventh best all time.

The average percentile rank between these two teams is the 95.4th percentile, which is remarkably high. It’s not the best we’ve ever seen, but it’s the best matchup of offenses we’ve seen in 20 years, when the Super Bowl at the end of the 1997 season matched up the Broncos and Packers, who were the only two teams in the league to score more than 400 points. The most impressive offensive matchup, meanwhile, is the 1991 game between Washington and the Bills, who each scored in excess of 450 points in a league where nobody else hit 400.

By this measure, we’re looking at the eighth-best matchup of offenses in Super Bowl history. Here are the seven higher-octane matchups and what happened when they suited up for the Super Bowl on game day: