That golden grill on Marshawn Lynch says “Beast Mode” – and it’s almost time for Lynch to feed.
The Seattle Seahawks are poised to begin a dynasty in Super Bowl XLIX, so it’s time to take a look at the players that will – or should – have the biggest impact in the game.
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Last year in Super Bowl XLVIII Marshawn Lynch had a fairly quiet night, totaling just 15 carries for 39 yards and a single TD. That game was one of only three career playoff games in which he had fewer than 4.2 yards/carry – the Seahawks lost the other two. The main reason the Seahawks were able to win in spite of Lynch was because of their incredible defense that kept Peyton Manning’s best targets under wraps and forced constant turnovers and missed plays.
The Seahawks will not be as lucky this year – the Patriots are not known for making mistakes and seldom get rattled by elite defenses. The Patriots defense is also light years ahead of last year’s Broncos, as they are 100% healthy and have one of the best CBs in the game in Darrelle Revis trapping their best receivers on Revis Island all night.
For the Seattle Seahawks to win this one they need to get a truly remarkable rushing performance out of their remarkable running back and get some sustained drives that keep the defense tired and keep Tom Brady off the field. Only by unleashing the Beast can the Seahawks achieve that.
Here are the five most important Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX:
5. CB Richard Sherman – The All-Pro CB has the unenviable task of figuring out which of Tom Brady’s WRs will be the most dangerous come Sunday and locking that player out of the game. This is the game where Richard Sherman has a chance to prove to the world that he’s better than Darrelle Revis, and there will be no better way to do that than to shut down the QB that Revis went up against the most back when he was a Jet.