Patriots, Falcons ready for Super Bowl duel (AFP)

Tom Brady’s quest for a record fifth Super Bowl was just hours away on Sunday as the New England Patriots prepared to face the Atlanta Falcons in the American football showpiece. More than 100 million homes across the United States and millions more worldwide are expected to tune in for the climax of the National Football League season in Houston, which kicks off at 5:30 pm (2330 GMT). Patriots star Brady will become the first quarterback to win five Super Bowl crowns if he manages to guide his team to victory before a crowd of around 72,000 spectators at the NRG Stadium.