Here we are, football fans. We have arrived at Super Bowl XLIX.
The two best teams will do battle in Glendale, AZ for the Lombardi Trophy. The AFC Champion New England Patriots face the Seattle Seahawks, the defending Super Bowl champions.
Now, let’s move on from deflecting reporters and deflated scandals. Let’s focus on the matchup.
The Patriots, coached by Bill Belichick, are entering their sixth Super Bowl under Belichick’s tenure in the past 11 years. Tom Brady is also making his sixth appearance in the Super Bowl. They used their weapons very well, with Rob Gronkowski their top receiver and offensive force to reckon with.
Their road began when they clinched home field throughout the AFC wing. They squeaked by the Baltimore Ravens in a close call and clobbered the Indianapolis Colts. Do the Patriots have what it takes to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Foxboro?
The Seattle Seahawks’ repeat campaign began when they started this past season. Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll still had his offensive weapons in quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch. This duo proved on any given Sunday that they’re not to be taken likely.
After clinching home field, they tamed the Carolina Panthers in convincing fashion. The following week displayed Seattle’s grit, coming back to defeat the Green Bay packers in overtime. Do the Seahawks possess the will to become back-to-back champions in Glendale?
The Patriots need to shut down Seattle’s running game. They know, just like we do, that Lynch won’t run out of bounds to get the first. The Seahawks need to shut down Brady and put the pressure on him. We’ve seen Brady flustered in his past two Super Bowls. Why that defense wouldn’t want to rev up the intensity would confound the average football fan.
In the end, it’s about experience and hunger. The Patriots have plenty of that. No disrespect to Seattle, but the New England Patriots did not come here to welt for a third time.
Prediction: Patriots 20-18
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