The matchups for Super Bowl XLIX are set. The Seahawks are back to defend their title, and the New England Patriots will represent the AFC for the sixth time in Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era.
The Patriots completely steamrolled the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game 45-7. LeGarrette Blount replicated his 2013-14 playoff success against the Colts with 148 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Seattle will not give up their Super Bowl crown without a fight. The Seahawks overcame a 16-point deficit to beat the Green Bay Packers. Seattle compiled a series of magical plays consisting of a fake field goal, a successful two point conversion and an onside kick recovery. They finished off the Packers in overtime to win the game 28-22.
The Super Bowl will be an exciting matchup between the two best teams in the NFL.
The Patriots rank third in scoring, averaging 29.3 points per game. Seattle has the top defense in the league, allowing just 15.9 points per game.
Seattle’s defense held the Packers to 22 points and 306 yards even though they turned the ball over five times. Pete Carroll has certainly built an elite defense and a championship team in Seattle.
The Patriots do have a few advantages working for them, primarily an injured Richard Sherman. Sherman has a sprained elbow and finished the NFC Championship game with one arm.
For some reason, Aaron Rodgers still chose not to throw in the direction of the All-Pro cornerback. Tom Brady will test Sherman early and often to see if that arm will hold up for an entire game.
Possibly the most important advantage for New England is that Brady is simply the best quarterback in the game at the moment. Brady is going for his fourth Super Bowl win in six tries, which would tie him with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for the most Super Bowl wins ever for a quarterback.
If Russell Wilson plays anywhere near the four interception performance he had in the NFC Championship, the Patriots will make sure the game is far out of reach and eliminate any hopes of a magical comeback.
The matchup features a historic New England franchise looking to add to its legacy while Seattle and Pete Carroll hope to build upon one of their own.
The Patriots are getting ready to play in the franchise’s eighth Super Bowl, tied with the Steelers and Cowboys for most appearances in NFL history.
Seattle will try to be the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since the 2003-04 season. The last team to do it? The New England Patriots.
Despite a rough start to the season, the Seahawks are back in the Super Bowl and seem like a team of destiny.
Final Score: Seahawks 31, Patriots 27