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Super Bowl XLIX preview

“You. Catch my passes. They’re perfect. Like me.”/Keith Allison
“You. Catch my passes. They’re perfect. Like me.”/Keith Allison

It’s going to be close. Who ya got?

It has been nearly ten years since we have seen a back-to-back champion in the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks are looking to end that drought. Standing in their way is the last team that won back-to-back Super Bowls, the New England Patriots. Not only they are the remaining two teams left standing, but these two teams always have a chip on their shoulder to be the very best. It is the main reason why they are playing on Sunday.

After a 3-3 record to begin the season, many critics were talking about a Super Bowl hangover for the Seahawks. The Seahawks silence their critics by winning their remaining nine out of ten regular season games. And now they have a chance to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles. The New England Patriots had a shaky start to season, as well, after their week four lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. Many critics were saying it is the end of the Patriot dynasty and the end of Tom Brady’s tenure as their starting quarterback. Well, like the Seahawks, the Patriots responded by winning their remaining 12 of 14 regular season games, and advancing to their sixth Super Bowl appearance in 14 years.

In both the NFC and AFC championship games, the Seahawks and Patriots were led by players that teams didn’t want. For the Seahawks, it was receiver Jermaine Kearse an undrafted player that scored the winning touchdown in overtime. For the Patriots, it was running back LeGarrette Blount who scored three touchdowns against the Colts, who was cut earlier this season by the Steelers. These two players could be the x-factors come Sunday.

One of the marquee matchups in the Super Bowl is Richard Sherman up against Tom Brady. It’s “You Mad Bro?” the sequel. Sherman and Brady could go down as two of the best draft steals in NFL history. Richard Sherman always had the chip of being a fifth-round pick, and wants to prove to everyone again why he is the best corner in the game. He can further his argument by beating two future hall of fame quarterbacks to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles. As for Tom Brady, a sixth-round pick that always had the chip of being too skinny to play quarterback, well with a win on Sunday, Brady can tie Terry Bradshaw and childhood idol Joe Montana for most Super Bowl wins by a starting quarterback at four. That’s pretty impressive for a string bean quarterback.

So, come Sunday, the Patriots are looking to end the SpyGate curse and also silence the DeflateGate incident. And for Belichick and Brady, they have some unfinished business in Arizona. As for the Seahawks, they are trying to prove that last year Super Bowl wasn’t a joke. Or the way that Seahawks’ receiver Doug Baldwin best puts it, “proving their doubters wrong once more.” What better way to do that than beating Belichick and Brady? So, the chips are on the line for a great Super Bowl game.

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