Super Bowl XLIX Preview: Seahawks vs Patriots

The 2014-15 NFL season has come down to the grand daddy of them all, Super Bowl XLIX.  The Seattle Seahawks came from behind to beat the Green Bay Packers 28-22 in OT.  The New England Patriots routed the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 to win the AFC.

If you just watched the 1st half of the Packers/Seahawks NFC Championship game than you may have walked away thinking the Packers had the momentum and the 16-0 half time lead.  In fact, the Packers were leading the Seahawks 19-7 with a little over 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter when Russell Wilson scored a TD to put Seattle within 5 points.  This is when the momentum changed and perhaps NFL history.  With 1:25 left in the 4th quarter, Marshawn Lynch rushed for a 24 yd touchdown and the Seahawks converted on a 2 point conversion putting them up 22-19.  But it wasn’t over for the Pack as they got the ball back and moved it within range for Mason Crosby.  Crosby hit a 48 yard FG with :14 seconds left to push the game to over time.

Seattle won the coin toss and started out on their 13 yard line.  On the first play, Wilson connected with Doug Baldwin for a 35 yard gain to put them at the Packers 43 yard line.  The very next play, Wilson threw deep to Jermaine Kearse down the middle for a 35 yard touchdown pass to end it.  Truly one of the best come backs and best games in NFL history.  Big time players make big plays in big games and despite a terrible performance by Russell Wilson, he managed to lead his team to what looked like an impossible victory.

In the AFC Championship, the New England Patriots bull dozed the Indianapolis Colts 45-7.  Andrew Luck and the Cols ran out of gas and were out played and out coached by a superior team.  The Patriots are headed to their 6th Super Bowl in 14 years but they have not won since they beat the Eagles in 2004.  The last two Super Bowls (2007 & 2011 seasons) the Patriots were defeated by the New York Giants.  Seattle’s defense and offense are superior to both the 2007 & 2011 New York Giants teams.  Just like the 2011 Giants, Seattle has a whole lot of momentum heading into this game as they look to win back-to-back Super Bowl’s.

Super Bowl Odds: New England Patriots (-1, 49)

Not surprising as early Super Bowl betting action shows roughly 61% of the public taking the Patriots.  There is always an overreaction with how the public perceives the AFC and NFC Championship games.  It happened last year with the public backing Denver only for the Seattle to dominate the contest.  Squares will look at New England pounding the Colts, when in all fairness, the Colts were lucky to be playing in the AFC Championship game despite the ups and downs throughout the season.  The Colts were a one man show and they were exposed by a better team.  You compare the AFC to the NFC Championship game and think that the Seahawks were lucky to pull this one out.

You have to look at the entire body of work and how both teams are playing heading into this matchup.  You would be a fool to base you bet solely on the AFC and NFC Championship games.  Both teams are scary and both teams have proven they can not be counted out.  This has the makings of a great Super Bowl.

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