Here we go folks, that bittersweet time for every football fan. As much as Super Bowl Sunday is a celebration of the NFL's championship, it's also the culmination of another football season. Come Monday, it's all over for actual NFL football for another eight months until it all starts over again. Eight long months. So before we talk draft and free agency for the New Orleans Saints, lets break down this final game of the season.
The NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks face the AFC Champion New England Patriots. This 2014 Seahawks team looks to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl Champions since, coincidentally enough, the 2004 New England Patriots. Both of these franchises are no stranger to the Super Bowl, especially recently, with both teams playing in 2 of the 3 most recent Super Bowls. Will Seattle break the NFL's decade-long repeat drought? Let's take a look.
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SUPER BOWL XLIX - University of Phoenix Stadium - Glendale, Arizona
NFC Champion - Seattle Seahawks
AFC Champion - New England Patriots
Sunday, February 1st, 5:30pm CT, NBC
Defense wins championships.
That's what the old adage says at least, and for the most part it's been true at the Super Bowl level. This game will feature two of the NFL's best defensive rosters as well as two of the best defensive minds in Seattle's Pete Carroll and New England's Bill Belichick. Points will be at a premium in this game, and the slightest mistakes will be magnified. We are all aware that Seattle's vaunted, and oft criticized, "Legion of Boom" will be the lead story, behind All-Pros Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, and Richard Sherman. That secondary should be extremely problematic for New England's undersized receiving corps.
It comes as no surprise that Seattle gets all the headlines for their phenomenal defense, but let's not forget that New England counters with a formidable secondary of their own. Former Seahawk Brandon Browner and "Pre-Sherman, top NFL cornerback" Darrelle Revis will be equally problematic for the unheralded Seattle receiving corps. Both teams have remarkably athletic linebacker corps and vastly underrated defensive lines as well. On offense, the Seahawks feature the NFC title game's goat-turned-hero Russell Wilson, while the Patriots, of course, feature GOAT and hero Tom Brady.
While Brady has two more rings than Wilson, Wilson won his just a year ago while Brady has lost his last two against Giants teams that boasted an impressive and aggressive pass rush. Unfortunately for Brady, Seattle can go after Brady without worrying about compromising the back end of their defense. The strong rushing attacks both teams feature will control the offensive tempo of this game, but Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks have the advantage here. The Patriots do have the wild card in this game in the form of All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronk's ability to create mismatches with his skill and size won't be as exaggerated against Earl Thomas and Bobby Wagner as it is against most competition, but he will be a big factor for Brady and the Pats in this game.
I can see this being a defensive, wire-to-wire game with Seattle trailing 13-16 late. Wilson leads the Seahawks to a late score, leaving Brady and the Patriots little time to valiantly attempt to get into the end zone. Seattle's defense will make the stops with the Super Bowl title on the line. Pete Carroll will defeat the man who succeeded him as Patriots head coach over 15 years ago. Once you see it happen enough times, the old adage becomes truth.
Defense wins championships.
Super Bowl Champion: Seahawks
Final Score: Seahawks 20 - Patriots 16
Super Bowl XLIX MVP: QB - Russell Wilson
There you have it folks, another Super Bowl and another NFL season in the books. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to get it all started all over again. Let's get ready for the Saints to attempt to reach Santa Clara, California for Super Bowl 50. Now its your turn, leave us your final score and MVP picks in the comments section below!