Thirty two teams entered the NFL season with aspirations of reaching the Super Bowl. The Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots are the remanning teams to play in Super Bowl Forty Nine to determine a champion.
The Seattle Seahawks are the reigning Super Bowl Champions, they are looking to repeat. The Super Bowl stage will be a familiar sight to these players because of a roster that hasn’t seen many changes from last season
At the helm of the Seahawks offense will be Russell Wilson. Wilson is coming off a NFC Championship Game which he threw four interceptions. The team as a whole did not emerge until late fourth quarter and overtime to defeat the Green Bay Packers, Twenty Eight to Twenty Two.
When mentioning the Seattle Seahawks, defense is what comes to mind, especially their secondary. With “The Legion of Boom” as their persona, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Byron Maxwell makes a fearsome threat for any quarterback regardless of the stakes of the game.
Keep an eye out for Richard Sherman and Tom Brady, lets see who starts the trash talking. Richard Sherman had the last words in 2012 with the Seahawks winning a regular season matchup and with him and Brady exchanging words at the end of the game.
The Patriots will be representing the AFC in Super Bowl Forty Nine by coming off a Forty Five to Seven victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Although the game was a blow out, the Patriots win has been deflated due to speculations over the weight of game used footballs.
The “Deflategate” fiasco has been taking over headlines leading up to the Super Bowl. The NFL has been investigating the situation and constructed about forty interviews during its on going investigation. The league however did not interview Tom Brady, and are most likely to interview him after the Super Bowl.
The reputation of the Patriots have been in question once again, and team owner Robert Kraft is tired of his team being under scrutiny. He wants the media and the public to stop questioning the character of his head coach and starting quarterback. Kraft is also looking for an apology if the footballs were not tampered with, “…[I]hope that the league would apologize to our entire team, and in particular, Coach Belichick and Tom Brady, for what they have had to endure this past week.”
Marshawn Lynch will be focal point if the Seahawks are looking to repeat. The running back will be facing a solid defense while avoiding defenders such as Vince Wilfork, Rob Ninkovich, Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins.
Lynch will be looking for “Beast Mode” to emerge and for his game to the talking for him. Lynch does not like to bothered with the media, unless Skittles are being involved in the process or a 500,000 dollar fine if he did not show up for media day.
Lynch will be on the NFL’s radar because of the gestures he makes. He is notorious for grabbing his crotch when or after scoring a touchdown. He was fined 20,000 dollars for such celebration for doing this during the NFC Championship game. The NFL has warned Lynch about doing his celebration during the Super Bowl will result into a fifteen yard penalty.
The NFL’s disapproval of Lynch’s celebration, on NFL.com they are selling framed photos of the celebration for 150 dollars. The NFL also threatened Marshawn Lynch’s gold cleats in the NFC Championship, if he wore the cleats he would have been ejected. So in the case of Marshawn Lynch watch him from the waist down to see what he does in the big game.
This will be sixth Super Bowl appearance for the quarterback and head coach duo of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Brady and Belichick are three and two in Super Bowls and have not won a Super Bowl since 2003.
What is also interesting about their Super Bowl record is the location of the game. This year’s Super Bowl is located in the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. In 2007, the Patriots were defeated in Super Bowl Forty Two by the New York Giants in the same stadium.
Tom Brady will get to have a healthy Rob Gronkowski in the Super Bowl. Brady had Gronkowski in their last Super Bowl appearance but “Gronk” was coming off a bad ankle. Gronkowski is arguably the best weapon in the entire league, with him healthy the Patriots will be looking to use him to exploit the Seattle defense.
The Patriots are known for their passing efficiency but for this team, they had a carousel of running backs that got them to the Super Bowl. With Stevan Ridley getting injured earlier in the season, Shane Vareen, Brandon Bolden, Jonas Gray and LeGarrette Blount have been carrying the pigskin for the team.
Having four running backs can pose a problem for the Seahawks because of the unknown of who will be running the ball. For the Patriots who ever has the hot hand will be carrying the ball, if one running back is cold; they have three other backs that can get the offense going.
An interesting factor for both teams are their top cornerbacks. For the Patriots that is Darrelle Revis and for the Seahawks their top corner is Richard Sherman. In the eyes of NFL analyst Revis and Sherman are the top two cornerbacks in the league.
Last year Sherman emerged into the limelight for his play and team success. Revis was forgotten in the media around this time last year because he was on a unsuccessful Tampa Bay Buccaneers team.
This is Revis’s first Super Bowl while Sherman winning it last year. With arguably the best cornerbacks in league on the biggest stage of the NFL, their play can finally determine who is the best cornerback in the league.
To wrap this assignment up I will be doing my best Marshawn Lynch impersonation, I’m doing this assignment “so I won’t get fined.”