The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship with a wild fourth quarter comeback. The Packers lead by twelve points with less than three minutes remaining in the game. The Seahawks were able to score a touchdown with about two minutes remaining. After an incredible onside kick that bounced out of the hands of a Packer tight-end, the Seahawks were able to recover the ball and drive for a game winning score and convert a two point conversion. The Packers tied the score at the end of the fourth before eventually losing in overtime. Seattle’s defense kept the Seahawks in the game all afternoon, negating Russell Wilson’s four interception performance.
The New England Patriots blew out the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship, and for third time in as many meetings. The Patriots were up 17-7 at half-time, before going on a 28-0 run in the second half. LaGarrette Blount carried the Patriots offense by gashing the Colts defense for 148 yards and three touchdowns. The game was over by the end of the third quarter.
Seahawks Vs Patriots Super Bowl Odds
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Patriots -1 (-110)
Seahawks +1 (-110)
Seahawks: Russell Wilson had his worst game in the playoffs throwing four interceptions. If not for a stellar performance by the Seahawks defense, the story lines might have been their offensive struggles. Against the Patriots, the Seattle offense cannot turn the ball over. The key to Seattle’s offense is Marshawn Lynch. Against the Packers, Lynch ran for 157 yards and one touchdown. The Patriots have struggled when facing teams that implement a power running game. Marshawn Lynch is the best power running back in the game. His style of running keeps his body lower to the ground. He does not run like a power back, but instead utilizes his size, strength, and speed to maintain excellent balance. Russell Wilson will have a lot of eyes on Lynch, which will open up play-action opportunities one-on-one down the field. Expect the Patriots to play a lot of man coverage in an attempt to load up the box and stop the run. The Patriots defensive focus will be to take away Seattle’s running game and contain Russell Wilson. The X-factor in this game is the Seattle wide-receivers. The Patriot’s defensive coverage will dare the Seahawks to throw the ball deep to win the game. The receivers for Seattle need to create separation from coverage to allow Russell Wilson to make plays with his arm.
Patriots: Although Tom Brady is the face of the Patriots offense, LaGarrette Blount will have the biggest impact on offense for the Patriots. The Packers, in the NFC Championship game, demonstrated that running the ball on Seattle is possible. The pass coverage of Seattle is outstanding. The Legion of Boom can negate even the best offensive weapons. Rob Gronkowski is a different beast and will have a difficult make-up against the Seattle secondary. Seattle’s linebackers and safeties can play pass coverage as good as corners. The Patriots might have difficulties matching up across the middle against Seattle’s defenders. Look for the Patriots to move Gronkowski around the line of scrimmage. Expect to see Gronkowski lined up both inside and out with a lot of different looks. Gronkowski’s offensive impact goes beyond a receiving threat. The Patriots’ ground attack will use Gronkowski as an extra blocker along with a sixth lineman to try to establish a ground attack. The X-factor for the Patriots is the offensive line. Rookie center Brian Stork looks healthy and his return will help stabilize the offensive line against a very physical Seattle defensive front.
The Patriots, under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, are in their sixth Super Bowl appearance. New England is 1-2 in Super Bowls as the number one seed. Those last two appearances for New England have relied heavily on the offense, however, this years’ team finally has a Super Bowl caliber defense. The Seahawks are attempting to win back to back Super Bowls since the last NFL dynasty did it in the early 2000s; that team was the Patriots. There is a lot on the line for both teams. This game comes down to adjustments in the second half. The team that makes the most half time adjustments will win this game. Both teams have excellent fourth quarter defenses. Expect a close low scoring game decided by less than three points. The Seahawks are the defending Super Bowl champion for a reason. Their defense does not give up easy points. The Patriots need to convert in the red-zone. Expect some trickery on both sides. The better coached, more disciplined team will win this game. Expect Bill Belichick and Tom Brady to empty their bag of tricks and hoist their fourth Vince Lombardi Trophy.
New England Patriots 26 Seattle Seahawks 24