New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks6:30pm on NBC
At times it seemed as if this season would be overshadowed by negatives. Even after the conference championships we find the league dealing with another issue in Deflategate. The league has announced special security changes for the footballs being used in tonight’s game. The NFL likely hoped to end the season with fans talking about the game. I think the play on the field will produce a classic, one we will talk about for years to come.
There are a number of good story lines in this game. The Patriots are trying to win their first Super Bowl in ten years. The Seahawks are trying to repeat in an era where just getting back to the big game is difficult. Standing in their way is the last team to repeat. We have Russell Wilson looking for his second ring and the opportunity to put to rest the idea that he is only a game manager. Then we have the Legion of Boom with the opportunity to face an all time great in the championship game for the second year in a row.
The Seahawks have had a very uneven playoff run, playing just well enough to win. They need to do more this weekend, stringing together four good quarters and not just one. I think they will be able to do so on offense, successfully moving the ball. I also expect the Patriots to move the ball. We could well see both teams score in the thirties. In the end I think it will come down to who can make the big stop when needed in the fourth quarter or perhaps even in overtime. That will be the Seahawks, pulling out the win in a game that will go down to the wire.
I think the Seahawks repeat as champions. What do you think?