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For us, this Falcons-Patriots rematch is the ‘Pioli Bowl’

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#LGBTSNF: Falcons assistant GM Scott Pioli has emerged as a powerful LGBT supporter.

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Falcons assistant GM Scott Pioli (left) and GM Thomas Dimitroff have both expressed support for gay athletes.
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No team in the NFL has done more outreach to the LGBT community than the New England Patriots. On the flip side, there are few teams that have done less than the Atlanta Falcons.

Yet one man — Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli — has been a powerful link between the two. This year Pioli’s quiet support of the LGBT community has come out with the revelations by former NFL player Ryan O’Callaghan and current San Francisco 49ers coach Katie Sowers that they are each gay. Pioli and his support played a prominent role in each of their journeys.

Here are five other LGBT storylines involved these two teams and some of the players.

The Falcons and the Patriots will kickoff their Super Bowl LI rematch on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

Outsports prediction for the game: New England 34, Atlanta 28. With all the talk of a Super Bowl rematch, this game is critical to both the Patriots and Falcons trying to win their division. The Patriots have not been good at home, and they still won’t look great. Just enough for the win.