Folks, the biggest day in sports is finally upon us! The 2015 Super Bowl is coming with two contenders equally worthy of victory: the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks!
Reviewing the AFC and NFC Championship Games
There's been plenty of talk post-AFC/NFC Championship regarding these two teams being Super Bowl bound. Rumors have been shared regarding the Patriots' "DeflateGate," but think what you want surrounding this topic, New England defeated Indianapolis 45-7... it wasn't exactly a close game regardless. Tom Brady threw for 226 yards and three touchdowns, and the Patriots' defense held Andrew Luck to 12-of-33 passing for only 126 yards, two interceptions and no TDs.
As for the Seahawks match-up with the Packers, the game was almost a travesty for Seattle. The Seahawks ended the 2014 regular season with six consecutive victories of 10 or more points, but things with Green Bay were different. The Packers scored 22 points against the Seahawks defense; that's more than the team has allowed since Week 11. With 2:09 left in the game, Seattle managed the bring the score to a tie and then tasted sweet, sweet victory with a score in overtime.
Clearly, both the Patriots and the Seahawks were some of the strongest teams in the NFL this season. With Brady leading the Pats, New England's offense is a force to be reckoned with and was one of the best in the regular season. Seattle's defense has been completely dominant in the league for the past two years and surrendered the fewest amount of total points in the regular season.
Super Bowl XLIX Match-Up
So who will win the game of all games? Who will be deemed "best in the NFL" on Feb. 1? Will it be the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks?
Anthony Riccobono from the International Business Times stated, "This year's Super Bowl might be one of the most difficult to predict in the game's 49-year history."
And it's not hard to see why. Brady has 20 postseason wins, 49 playoff TD passes and the most passing yards in playoff history. He bides his time well and has tight end Rob Gronkowski on the other end. Compared to other TE's, Gronk is on a different level with 1,124 receiving yards and 12 TDs. With that being said, however, Seattle has a way of destroying a passing game. The Patriots will need to look for a strong rushing attack.
Seattle has given up more than 100 rushing yards in their four losses, which is how Green Bay controlled the NFC Championship game. If the Patriots follow in suit and focus on turning to LeGarrette Blount, who annihilated the Colts with 148 rushing yards and three TDs, they might have just found the Seahawks' kryptonite.
With all that being said, you can't count out Seattle's offensive game. Russell Wilson seems to have no problem hitting his wide-outs and the Seahawks rushing game is strong. Between Wilson with 849 rush yards and six TDs, and Marshawn Lynch with 1,306 rushing yards and 13 TDs, the elements are there.
New England is not new to countering a rushing game, however, and doesn't have a problem keeping their corners on islands to prevent the attack.
So, which is the better team?
The Deal Breaker and, Ultimately, the Prediction
To the untrained eye, this game can go either way. However, I am predicting back-to-back Super Bowl victories for the Seattle Seahawks.
Both teams have great offense, and what this game is going to come down to is which defense can prevent more scores. Wilson is talented enough to go neck-in-neck with Brady, but Seattle's defensive is so strong, I think they'll put enough stops out there to prevent New England from finding the end zone.
What do you think? Who do you think will win? Do you think it's true that defense wins championships? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
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