Finally after a full season, and a grueling playoff grind the moment is finally upon us. Super Bowl XLIX is here. The Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots will vie for the title of Super Bowl Champion. The Seahawks ran through the NFC which culminated in an epic battle that ended in an overtime victory over the Green Bay Packers. The New England Patriots powered through the AFC and prepped for Glendale by demolishing the Indianapolis Colts.
Will Russell Wilson go back-to-back? Can Tom Brady add ring number four to the case? Will LeGarrette Blount or Marshawn Lynch decide the game? It is time to talk about it, it is time to lay it on the line, and it is time for the biggest football in the world. If you are just looking for Super Bowl XLIX MVP Picks you can check out Super Bowl XLIX MVP Odds, Predictions, Picks: Who will win the award?
University of Phoenix Stadium is the place, Glendale Arizona is the city, and the Lombardi Trophy is on the line. Some of the Sports Unbiased writers got together to predict the winner of Super Bowl XLIX, heck they even gave you a final score. Let’s get to it.
Date – February 1st
Location – University of Phoenix Stadium
T.V. – NBC 6:30 PM ET
Radio – Westwood One
Opponents – Seattle Seahawks (12-4) vs New England Patriots (12-4)
|Writer||Super Bowl Pick||Final Score|
|Adam Solowiei||Seattle Seahawks||31-20|
|JR Williams||Seattle Seahawks||35-14|
|Keith Rivas||Seattle Seahawks||34-31|
|Zach Bigalke||Seattle Seahawks||38-17|
|Jeb Taylor||New England Patriots||27-23|
Why Seattle Will Win
Keith Rivas – Now that we have the teams who will play in Super Bowl 49 figured out, it’s time to dive in to see who will become the best of the best. Two Sundays from now, Russell Wilson‘s boys in blue will go head to head with the dynasty that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have built in New England.
Coming into the big game, the teams are riding on two completely different types of momentum. On the one hand, the Seahawks managed a miracle beyond comprehension against the Packers, erasing a 19-7 deficit that still stood with ten seconds to go before the two minute warning.
After a late onside kick, a wide-eyed scramble by Wilson for a touchdown, and a Hail Mary style two-point conversion, the Seahawks pushed the game to overtime and managed to make it a 22-all contest heading into the extra session. Right off the bat, Seattle marched down the field and ended the game with a 35-yard beauty thrown by Russell WIlson to Jermaine Kearse. Wow! Then you have Brady and the Patriots. All that needs to be said is that they completely unpacked everything the Indianapolis Colts tried throwing at them in the AFC Championship Game. Poor Andrew Luck…maybe next year, kid.
Now that we will get to see what an unstoppable force looks like when it hits an immovable object, I can’t wait for February 1.
Zach Bigalke – Seattle has been a late-charging team that came from behind to snatch the NFC West championship and the top seed in the NFC playoffs. New England looked once again like an unstoppable force in the AFC. We have the top two seeds in the NFL field meeting up for the second straight season when the Seahawks and Patriots collide in Glendale on February 1.
Russell Wilson is bound to play a better game than he did against Green Bay, and Bill Belichick’s defense is unlikely to manage four interceptions on Super Bowl Sunday. Look for Marshawn Lynch to have a big game, for the Seattle secondary to lock down on Tom Brady’s options in the New England passing game, and for another unexpected big game from LeGarrette Blount.
All three of the Patriots’ Super Bowl wins have come by single scores, so if this one is close in the end fortune favors the Hoodie and his crew. But this one won’t be nearly as close as the overtime victory against the Packers, as Pete Carroll knocks off his former franchise to bring a second straight Lombardi Trophy to the Pacific Northwest.
JR Williams – I said it before and I’ll say it again, the Seattle Seahawks are the best team in the National Football League and will decimate the Patriots en route to winning their second consecutive Super Bowl title. Why? Defense wins the game. The Seahawks have a better defensive line who should have plenty of opportunities to sack Tom Brady, placing him face-down on the field. And we all know what happens to Brady after he finds contact, it rattles his cage–he throws early and at times, overthrows the ball.
The Patriots are already under scrutiny after the NFL investigation results of 11 footballs found to be deflated after their win over the Colts. The Patriots will not be focused this game. Ladies and gentleman, the Seahawks are going to run this team off the field with a blow-out victory, 35-14.
Adam Solowiei – What an interesting matchup. You have the Seattle Seahawks who never changes who they are. They are going to play physical, pound the ball on the ground and attack on defense. Meanwhile, you have the New England Patriots who adapt their game plan based on the opponent. Sometimes it is the Tom Brady show, others it is all about LeGarrette Blount while other times it might just be about getting the proper grip.
I wanted to be a contrarian and tell you why the Patriots were going to travel to Glendale and win the Super Bowl. They clearly had a good year and just came off the systematic disposal of Andrew Luck and the Colts. I wanted to tell you that Tom Brady was going to win number four. But I just can’t.
Seattle may have benefitted from a partial Green Bay collapse in the NFC Championship game but they also showed resiliency of a champion when they could have rolled over at halftime or even with five minutes left in the game. But they left the NFC Champions.
The reality is this is a game that will probably be close through three quarters. However, the front seven in New England will be worn down by Marshawn Lynch and the “keep alive ability” of Russell Wilson. The only concern I have is the health of Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas but they get an extra week to be ready.
New England will not be completely shut down but pressure on Tom Brady will do what it did to Peyton Manning last year, happy feet and jittery movement, it happens to everyone. LeGarrette Blount is solid but let’s face it, the run defense in Indianapolis is inferior to that of Seattle. I can see New England’s potent offense still putting up 20-24 points but that will not be enough. Look for clutch play from a quarterback that is already 10-0 against Super Bowl winning quarterbacks. Russell Wilson will make it 11.
Why New England Will Win
Jeb Taylor – Although Seattle was 7-1 with the 12th man, their team depreciated away from home. They only went 5-3, losing to three non-playoff teams, not showing the same swagger and stifling-defense they do at CenturyLink Field.
Tom Brady and the potent-Patriot offense will have a field-day in the warm Arizona weather. New England has run the ball extremely effectively lately, seeming juxtaposed against the non-existent Colts’ run game they just faced. Don’t be shocked if a running back determines the outcome. The New England Patriots will take Super Bowl XLIX over the Seahawks 27-23.
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