One game to rule them all, one game to find them. One game to bring them all and in the spotlight crown them.
It’s almost time of the Super Bowl kickoff, which means it’s time to take a look at the two teams vying for the title of NFL Champion.
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This is it. For all the marbles. One team will finish the 2014 NFL season as a Champion, the other will end the year with nothing but an entire offseason to figure out how to become just one game better.
The Seattle Seahawks are the defending Super Bowl Champions and are trying to become the first team since the 2004 Patriots to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles. Despite losing several contributors from last year’s team to free agency, the core of the team has remained almost entirely intact with QB Russell Wilson posting some of his best numbers as a pro this year and leading the NFL in yards/carry with 7.2 on 118 attempts. The biggest cog in the Seahawks rushing attack is Marshawn Lynch, aka Beast Mode, who led the NFL in rushing TDs for the second year in a row and set career highs as a receiver as well with 367 yards for 4 TDs.
The Seahawks defense is, as we all know, led by the Legion of Boom: All-Pro CB Richard Sherman, All-Pro Safety Kam Chancellor and star DB Earl Thomas, to go along with a stellar front seven that includes the likes of LBs Bobby Wagner and K. J. Wright as well as DLs Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril. Together that unit has led the NFL in fewest points allowed for three straight seasons, and two straight seasons with the fewest yards allowed as well.
The Patriots have been to the playoffs twice since their last Super Bowl win in 2004 but lost to the New York Giants both times. Despite being 37, Tom Brady is showing absolutely no signs of diminishing ability, recording his fifth best season as a QB in 15 years in almost all categories. He leads an offense that includes unanimous All-Pro TE Rob Gronkowski – who has been on fire in the playoffs – as well as several young speedsters like Brandon LaFell, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Tack on the addition of RB LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots have as potent an offense as any in the league.
On defense the difference makers have been two key acquisitions at CB and LB: Mercenary All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis and former Titans MLB Akeem Ayers. Revis gave them a much needed boost in the secondary, allowing the unit to finish in the top half of the league in yards allowed for the first time since 2009. And Akeem Ayers helped the defense keep the fort held down after star ILB Jerod Mayo was lost for the season. Together with star NT Vince Wilfork, the Patriots boast one of the toughest nuts to crack in the entire NFL – and arguably the best defense Tom Brady has had to work with since his last Super Bowl win.
Prediction: The New England Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX – In the end, Tom Brady comes out on top thanks in no small part to the best defense he has ever had in a Super Bowl. CB Darrelle Revis shuts down the Seahawks passing game while Akeem Ayers and Vince Wilfork turn Beast Mode into Least Mode on the big stage. And to top it all off, Brady shows why he is the greatest QB of all-time by winning his 3rd NFL MVP Award against one of the greatest defenses of the last thirty years.