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The Super Bowl is set, the 14-4 New England Patriots will take on the 14-4 Seattle Seahawks on Sunday February 1, in Glendale Arizona. This is a battle of the “old dynasty” The Patriots, against the “new dynasty” The Seahawks. Seattle is the first team to go to back-to-back Super Bowls since the 2003—04 New England Patriots. Each team hosted their conference championship game. The Patriots dominated a young and inexperienced Indianapolis Colts team, winning 45-7. The Road to the Super Bowl wasn’t as easy for the Seahawks. After trailing 16-0 to the Green Bay Packers at halftime, Seattle fought back and outscored Green Bay 28 to 6 in the second half and overtime. Seattle needed some late game heroics from Russell Wilson and on on-side kick to win, 28-22.

 

The Patriots: Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are going to go down as the greatest quarterback and head coach combination in the History of the NFL. They just played in their 9th AFC Championship game and this will be their 6th Super Bowl appearance together. Belichick has won 21 of his 29 playoff games, giving him a .724 win percentage. His 21 playoff victories, is the most by any coach in the history of the NFL.  Brady has won 20 playoff games as a starting quarterback. Brady has more playoff wins, by himself, than these teams listed below, have as a franchise.

  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Baltimore Ravens
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Carolina Panthers
  • Chicago Bears
  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Detroit Lions
  • Houston Texans
  • Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • New Orleans Saints
  • New York Jets
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • St. Louis Rams
  • San Diego Chargers
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Seattle Seahawks 

Brady was the number 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. Do you think some of these teams listed above made a mistake by not drafting him? Brady continually plays with a “chip on his shoulder.” He has that competitive edge, like Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan. In close game situations, he thrives where others have failed. He is third all-time in regular season wins, behind Brett Favre and Peyton Manning. Brady has the highest winning percentage in the history of the league, winning .773% of his games (Dallas Cowboys legend Roger Staubach is 2nd, with a winning percent of .746).

Seattle: Pete Carroll is leading the Seahawks to their second Super Bowl appearance in four years. Carroll has a 7-4 career playoff record (.636 winning percentage). Before quarterback Russell Wilson started for Seattle, Carroll had a record of 14-18. With Wilson as a starter, Carroll has a record of 36-12. Marshawn Lynch lived up to his “beast mode” nickname in the NFC Championship game. Lynch rushed 25 times for 157 yards.  Wilson rushed for over 800 yards this season. Besides Aaron Rodgers, Wilson is the best “dual threat” quarterback in the NFL. The Seahawks have won 8 straight games and 11 out of 12. Seattle’s defense was the only team in the league to give up less than 300 yards of total offense per game. I don’t think they are as good as last year’s defense, but they can still shut teams down when they have to.

These were clearly the two best teams throughout the entire season, they are a combined 17-2 in their last 19 games. Both coaches are known to be phenomenal game managers and make the necessary “in- game” adjustments to win games. The Patriots didn’t call one running play for their running backs in the 2nd half of the Baltimore Ravens game. The Seahawks only gave up 6 points to Rodgers and the Packers in the 2nd half of the NFC Championship Game.

Keys to Victories: This game is about the two quarterbacks. The Patriots are going to want to keep Wilson inside the pocket and make him beat them by throwing the ball. The Seahawks are going to try and rush Brady up the middle and force him to beat them, by making throws outside the pocket.  The Patriots went out and acquired defensive backs Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis because they wanted to stop Denver’s wide receivers and Peyton Manning in the playoffs. That didn’t happen because Denver lost to Indianapolis. Seattle is a run first offense, which may cause problems for the Patriots. Every pre-game show and radio station will have a ton of useless stats and facts about this matchup. This is all you need, to break down the game.

  • Can the Patriots limit Lynch and Wilson’s running game and the “read-option”?
  • Can the Seahawks limit Brady and Rob Gronkowski in their passing game?

These two teams are very talented, very deep and very well coached.  Seattle still thinks they have something to prove and would love to dominate Brady on national TV. Something to watch for… the team that has intercepted a pass and ran it in for a touchdown or the team that has a “pick-6”, in a Super Bowl, has a record of 12-0. LeGarrette Blount rushed the ball 30 times for 148 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Colts. That won’t happen against Seattle’s defense.

I like the Seahawks to win back-to –back titles. Seattle wins this game 33-23. I also like Russell Wilson to be the MVP.

The Sports Whisperer ~ Monte Perez ~ @montetjwitter11

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