The Patriots beat Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, 45 – 7, to win the AFC Championship, while the Seahawks beat future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, 28 – 22, to win the NFC Championship.
New England overcame a 2-2 start to the 2014 Regular Season and finished with a 12-4 record, winning their 11th AFC East title in the last 12 seasons. Seattle also struggled to begin the season with a 3-3 start, but they were able to turn things around with the resurgence of Marshawn Lynch, and ending the season 12-4.
Since October of 1977, the Patriots and Seahawks have faced each other 16 times, both winning 8 regular season games. Seattle won the last matchup in the 2012 Regular Season, 24-23, and has been fairly dominant over New England since 1986, winning 7 out of the last 10 matchups.
However, Tom Brady is looking for his fourth Super Bowl ring, and is ready to go into Arizona to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Brady is now tied with DL Mike Lodish for the most Super Bowls played, 6.
And yes, Seattle’s defense is dominant, as they’ve shown at the end of the regular season and in the postseason, with cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas, but Brady has Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell, LeGarrette Blount, and now even Danny Amendola as offensive weapons. The Patriots always find a way to win.
Super Bowl XLIX will be Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium on Glendale, Arizona. You can watch the game on NBC.
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