The Atlanta Falcons emphatically punched their ticket to Super Bowl LI on Sunday with a 44-21 win over the Green Bay Packers in Atlanta. The Falcons’ next game will be at NRG Stadium with a few familiar faces in tow.
Former Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is No. 2 on the Falcons’ depth chart behind potential 2016 NFL MVP Matt Ryan. Schaub returns to Houston, where he is the Texans’ franchise leader in games at QB (90), completions (1,951), completion percentage (64.6%), yards (23,221), touchdown passes (124), interceptions (78), and QB rating with at least 15 starts (90.9).
NRG Stadium is also unfortunately where fans celebrated Schaub exiting a game due to an injury in 2013.
Former Texans linebacker Brooks Reed is a starting defensive end for the Falcons. Reed has 25 tackles (17 solo), two sacks and a forced fumble for Atlanta in 2016.
Additionally, former Texans’ offensive coordinator, current Atlanta offensive coordinator, and rumored next head coach of the 49ers Kyle Shanahan will be leading the Falcons’ offense in Super Bowl LI. Shanahan spent four seasons (2006-09) with the Texans, including two seasons as offensive coordinator under Gary Kubiak.
A less heralded return—Richard Smith served as the Texans’ embattled defensive coordinator from 2006-08. He returns to Houston as the Falcons’ defensive coordinator.
Quarterback coach Matt LaFleur, offensive assistant Mike McDaniel, and assistant special teams coach Eric Sutulovich all spent time on previous Texans’ coaching staffs.
Matt Schaub’s going to the Super Bowl!