BY RYAN PORTER
Arguably two of the best teams in the National Football League, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, will fight for the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLIX. The Seattle Seahawks, led by star quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch, just came off of a thrilling 28-22 overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers. The 12th Man, as Seattle calls their extremely loud fans, helped Seattle spring a 4th quarter comeback which was capped off when Wilson threw a game winning touchdown in overtime.
The New England Patriots, led by quarterback Tom Brady and 6 feet 6 inch tight end Rob Gronkowski, are coming off a blowout win over the Colts, and an allegation that the New England footballs were deliberately deflated. It is said that the Patriots deflated the footballs used in the game, as it would be easier to throw and hold in the cold. Meeting in Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium, the home field of the Arizona Cardinals, will feel far from home for both teams as the Seattle Seahawks will not have their 12th Man screaming in the background and the Patriots will not have reassurance that they will hold on to their deflated footballs.
The 12-4 Seahawks and defending Super Bowl champs have the advantage going into the game, by not having to fuss with all the controversy that the Patriots do. All the Seahawks have to do is focus on becoming back to back Super Bowl Champs, which is not as simple as it sounds. First of all, to become the Super Bowl Champions, you need to make the playoffs and not lose from there. As hard as that sounds, they are trying to do that again! The good thing is, the Seahawks do well in big games. The Seahawks have arguably won every big game they have played this year beating the Packers, Cardinals, 49ers and the Eagles. And one other thing going there way? They happen to have one of the best quarterbacks in the entire National Football League in Russell Wilson. Standing at five feet eleven inches, the dual threat quarterback has 3475 yards on the year has had nothing short of a spectacular season.
The also 12-4 New England Patriots have dominated the teams they have played this year with a blowout in the AFC Championship. Distracted by the deflating football issue, some may say that they are at a disadvantage going into the game. However, Bill Belichick’s Patriots are favored by one point in the biggest game of the year. How could that be? Most likely since they have a Hall of Fame quarterback leading their offense. Tom Brady in the opinion of some, is the best quarterback to ever play in the National Football League. With 4,109 yards and 33 touchdowns on the year, Brady will play a key factor in deciding the outcome of the game.
With all the controversy and a game as unpredictable as the coin flip, a record number of people watching is supposed to be achieved. So what do you feel more confident in picking? The coin flip or the winner of Super Bowl XLIX?