Super Bowl XLIX Preview

This Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will be playing for the NFL championship in Arizona. Both teams are the number 1 seeds of their respective conferences and have proven all year long that they each deserve a chance at the Super Bowl trophy. The Patriots have gotten this far with their high-powered offense led by Tom Brady, while the Seahawks have depended on their elite defense featuring a shutdown secondary and a strong defensive line. The Seattle offense is led by running back Marshawn Lynch whose performance will be a large factor in the outcome of Super Bowl XLIX, and the New England defense is led by elite cornerback Darrelle Revis, who has the capability to shut down half of the field when he’s at the top of his game.

One question that’s on everybody’s mind is if the Patriots are going to be distracted by the recent “deflate-gate” controversy. Following their blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game, the Patriots were accused of deflating eleven of their footballs during the game, making it easier for them to catch the football. The controversy has appeared to die down during the last few days; however, it will be interesting to see whether this distraction will affect the Patriots in any way on Sunday.

Super Bowl XLIX is predicted to be one of the closest Super Bowls in history as the oddsmakers in Vegas currently have the Patriots favored by only one point. This game is expected to come down to the final seconds as both teams share a 12-4 regular season record and dominated their respective conferences. There will be many key matchups that will determine the outcome of the game on Sunday.

Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson vs. the Patriots defensive line will be a huge factor in Super Bowl XLIX. The Seattle Seahawks’ offense is heavily dependent on their running game from both their running back and quarterback. Marshawn Lynch is the spark of Seattle’s offense and if he can get the running game going, the Seahawks will have a good day offensively. The Patriots also have to play strategically against the very elusive Russell Wilson. He led all quarterbacks with 849 rushing yards and is a very dangerous weapon for Seattle.

Seahawks secondary vs. Rob Gronkowski will also be a huge factor in the result of Sunday’s game. Gronkowski is the best tight end in the league and is Tom Brady’s favorite weapon. If the Seahawks can shut him down, they will certainly have success on defense. However, this will not be an easy feat, even for the Seahawks.

Patriots offensive line vs. Seahawks defensive line will determine whether or not Tom Brady has a successful game on Sunday. The Seahawks’ athletic front has succeeded in getting pressure on quarterbacks consistently this year. If the Patriots’ offensive line can’t give Brady enough time to examine all his options on the field, it will be a long game offensively for New England.

Super Bowl XLIX will likely come down to the final minutes or possibly even the final seconds. The Patriots and Seahawks have proven they deserve to be where they are, and this Super Bowl could be one of the most exciting ones in recent memory.

 

— Jamie Rich, Sports Editor

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