Super Bowl XLIX Preview

Zach Piatt

Sports Editor

The New England Patriots will take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at 6:30 P.M. in Glendale, Arizona. It’s another best offense vs. best defense matchup this year, and if it’s anything like last year, the Seahawks may have already won.

“I think the Super Bowl will be a very close, but high scoring game,” said senior John Tuttle.

Seattle coasted to and through the Super Bowl last year as they routed the Broncos 43-8. They’ve had an equally impressive 2014-15 season and are looking to repeat.

The Seattle Seahawks are in the Super Bowl for the second straight year. They won last year 43-8 over the Denver Broncos. Photo from Yahoo images.

The Seattle Seahawks are in the Super Bowl for the second straight year. They won last year 43-8 over the Denver Broncos. Photo from Yahoo images.

During the Tom Brady era, New England is 3-2 in Super Bowls winning their first three, including back to back championships in ’04 and ’05. They have gone 0-2 in the big game since.

“In the past, the Patriots have seemed to lose it in big games like the Super Bowl,” said junior Mikey Snyder.

New England is hoping to turn this trend around, just like they did their season this year. The Patriots started the year 2-2 and a dark cloud of doubt hung over the team’s head. They have only lost once since then and finished the season with the best record in the NFL.

“Everyone said Brady was done and the Patriots’ dynasty was over,” says Jordan Wixom. “Now they’re in the Super Bowl.”

Each team’s road to the Super Bowl has been comparable. Seattle took care of Carolina pretty easily, then had an amazing comeback victory over Green Bay in overtime. New England won an exciting back and forth game against Baltimore, then trampled Indianapolis 45-7. This sparked the “Deflategate.”

The New England Patriots are looking to win their fourth Super Bowl in the Tom Brady era and their first since 2005. Photo from Yahoo images.

The New England Patriots are looking to win their fourth Super Bowl in the Tom Brady era and their first since 2005. Photo from Yahoo images.

After the Patriots’ decisive win over the Colts, the NFL began an investigation on whether or not New England used deflated footballs during the AFC Championship game. This gives the Patriots more incentive to win.

“The Patriots have played outstanding in the playoffs, which is given proof why they are a top tier team in the NFL,” said Tuttle.

The Seahawks have also run into a potential problem for the big game. Richard Sherman, the anchor of Seattle’s defense, is expecting his child to be born at any time, so his availability is in question.

Despite all this, both teams are focused on the Super Bowl.

The matchup this year is very similar to last: best offense vs. best defense. The Patriots, however, have an offensive mastermind in Bill Belichick, who uses many different trick plays and formations to throw the defense off. And of course, they have “Gronk.”

“The Seahawks have the best defense in the NFL, so it will be difficult for the Patriots to score,” says Connor Stout. “But the Patriots have Rob Gronkowski, and he’s very challenging to defend.”

Seattle, on the other hand, has the best dual threat quarterback in the game in Russell Wilson, and one of the best running backs in Marshawn “Beastmode” Lynch.

It will be very interesting to see how this game plays out. Brady against Wilson, experience against youth, offense against defense. Call it what you want. The Super Bowl is here.

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