Here comes the final game of the season; the big one: Super Bowl 49! Based on the NFC and AFC championship games, this is shaping up to be a good one. Hopefully we won’t get another blow out like we did last year, but that’s unlikely when you consider how balanced both of these teams are. The Seattle Seahawks, defending their championship, against the New England Patriots, a battle of titanic offenses and defenses in Arizona will be a Super Bowl to remember.
Both of these teams are in line to make history at this year’s Super Bowl. Nobody’s won back-to-back titles in the NFL since the Patriots did it in 2003 and 2004, so it’s fitting that the Patriots are the team standing in Seattle’s way of achieving the feat this year.
The Patriots, attempting to break a decade long championship drought, pulling out a win would give Bilichick and Brady their fourth Super Bowl ring putting them amongst the most elite coach/quarterback combinations in NFL history. Brady would be entering the highest echelon of quarterback company by getting his fourth ring, joining quarterbacks Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw, and Bilichick would be joining former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll as the only other coach with 4 rings.
Both teams had an uphill climb to get here, but looking back on the season, neither team is surprise to have made it to the big game. Seattle went 3-3 after reports of locker room turmoil, and the release of star wide receiver Percy Harvin. However, they went on to win 11 of their next 12 games, in generally resoundingly strong fashion. The Patriots started the season at 2-2 after a resounding loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in week 4. They went on to rip through the remainder of the season, pulling off 12 wins in their next 14 games.
With both number 1 seeds duking it out in the final showdown this season, it’s a perfect opportunity for the experts to weigh in on who it is they have winning the big game. This is the 11th time in Super Bowl history that both number 1 seeds are meeting in the big game since 1975, and recent trends are favoring a Seattle victory: the NFC has won the last six Super Bowls between no. 1 seeds.
After looking through the resident experts over at SBNation, there seems to be a good amount of disagreement on who’s going to bring home the Lombardi Trophy. Here’s the breakdown as it stands:
Looks like a good amount of disagreement. Personally, i’m taking the Seahawks this weekend.