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Super Bowl XLIX Preview and Prediction- New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks - This Is Sports Zone

After what has been a drama filled NFL playoffs with questionable calls and deflated balls, the stage is set for the two teams ranked number one in their conferences at the end of the regular season- the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks. The team that dominated the previous decade and the last team to win back-to-back Super Bowls against the team trying to dominate in this decade and while being the first team to win back-to-back since. While the specter of “Deflate-gate” does hang over this game with the NFL not announcing a ruling before the game, the Patriots overcame a 2-2 start and a brutal Monday night showing against the Kansas City Chiefs to go 10-2 the rest of the way, then beat the Baltimore Ravens and laid waste to the Indianapolis Colts to return to the big game for the first time since 2012, and for the sixth time with Tom Brady at quarterback (an NFL record) and Bill Belichick as head coach (with Don Shula the only other head coach to do so).  The Seahawks make it back one year after destroying Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos with a defense that remains very much intact, and an offense still led by quarterback Russell Wilson, playing in his second Super Bowl in his third season in the league, and the running game behind “Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch.  It’s time for the Super Bowl XLIX preview:


After finishing with over 1600 all-purpose yards and 17 total touchdowns this season, Beast Mode was in full effect in the NFC Championship with 157 yards and a touchdown, and was vital to the dramatic come-from-behind victory. For the Patriots to have a chance, their defense (which allowed only six touchdowns during the season while ranking tenth in rushing yards allowed per game) has to contain Lynch, force Russell Wilson to put the ball in the air and put the onus on their star-studded secondary, with Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner matching up against Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse.


The Seahakws’ Legion of Boom will be a daunting task for the Patriots’ receiving core of Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell, but the Seahawks’ defensive weakness is against the tight end. The goal of Belichick and Brady will be to put the ball in Gronk’s hands; coming off his first healthy season since 2011, with 1124 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, plus a scoring in both of the Patriots wins during the Playoffs. The test will be for the Seahawks linebackers to contain Gronk while the defensive line tries to penetrate an offensive line that allowed two sacks against the Ravens in the divisional round.


It might not be a blow out, and it is currently the first Super Bowl in history with a “pick em” line, but the SEAHAWKS should take this game and usher in the new dynasty in the NFL at the expense of the new one. FINAL SCORE- Seahawks 27, Patriots 21

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