In Super Bowl XLIX, the Patriots and Seahawks will play against each other for the 17th time; 12 of those matchups were within a 14-year span from 1980 to 1993.
The Patriots have had the upper hand in road games against the Seahawks as they own a 4-3 record in games played in Seattle. The last three times the teams faced each other was in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
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Below is a list of some key events in history that’s taken place since the 2012 meeting between these two teams:
October 28th: San Francisco Giants defeat the Detroit Tigers in game four to take the 2012 MLB World Series. Pablo Sandoval is named MLB 2012 World Series MVP.
- October 29th: Hurricane Sandy makes landfall in New Jersey resulting in 110 deaths and $50 billion in damage and forces the New York stock exchange to close
- November 6th: Barack Obama re-elected as US President
- December 17th: NASA completes a successful mission to map the Moon’s gravity field
- January 12th: “Mile High Miracle”, trailing the Denver Broncos 35-28 with 1:09 remaining in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, the Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco heaved a 70 yard touchdown pass to receiver Jacoby Jones to tie the game (the Ravens would win in overtime and go on to win the Super Bowl)
- January 19th: The 2012-2013 NHL season begins after a 119-day lockout
- January 19th: Lance Armstrong admits to doping in all seven of his Tour de France victories
- January 28th: John Kerry is voted to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as the United States Secretary of State
February 3rd: Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore Ravens beat San Francisco 49ers, 34-31 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome MVP: Joe Flacco, Baltimore, QB
- February 8th: A massive blizzard begins in the US and Canada that resulted in 15 deaths, 5,300 cancelled flights, and loss of power for 900,000 people
- February 11th: Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation from February 28, the first pope to resign since 1415
- March 5th: The Dow Jones surpasses its 2007 pre-financial crisis levels for the first time
- March 19th: NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity discovers further evidence of water-bearing minerals
- March 25th: Golfer Tiger Woods returns to his world number one ranking
- April 15th – 19th: 3 people are killed and about 183 are injured after two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured in Boston after a 4 day manhunt
- May 2nd: Rhode Island becomes the tenth US state to legalize same-sex marriage
May 16th: Bill Gates becomes the world’s richest man with $72.7 billion again after losing the position in 2008
- May 16th: Human stem cells are successfully cloned
- May 21st: Microsoft announces the release of Xbox One
- June 20th: Miami heat defeat San Antonio Spurs to win the NBA Finals 4-3. LeBron James is named NBA finals MVP for the second straight year
- June 24th: The Chicago Blackhawks defeat the Boston Bruins to win the NHL Stanly Cup Finals
- June 26th: Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez is arrested at his home the killing of Odin Lloyd. The Patriots cut him hours later.
- August 5th: Alex Rodriquez, New York Yankee MLB player, is banned for 211 games for using human growth hormones
- August 12th: James “Whitey” Bulger is found guilty on 31 of 32 counts, and is found to have been involved in 11 murders. He would be sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus five years for his crimes
- September 15th: Japan switches off its last working nuclear reactor
- September 16th: 12 people are killed after a gunman opens fire at a naval yard in Washington D.C.
September 20th: Grand Theft Auto becomes the fastest entertainment product to reach $1 Billion in sales
- October 1st – 16th: A partial United States federal government shutdown occurs as a result of political disagreements over operational spending. After 16 days, the United States ends the government shut down and avoids default in a Bi-partisan deal in the Senate
- October 30th: The Boston Red Sox defeat the St Louis Cardinals in game 6 to win the MLB 2013 World Series
- November 15th: Sony launches the Playstation 4, selling one million units on the first day
- November 27th: Tiger Woods is named PGA Tour’s player of the year for the 11th time
- November 27th: “Frozen”, the highest-grossing animated film of all time, starring Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell, is released
- November 27th – December 15th: Personal information, including names, mailing addresses and phone numbers, of 40 million customers who used credit and debit cards at U.S. stores are exposed to fraud.
- December 28th: Early signs of Ebola epidemic: 2-year-old child in Guinea dies of an unidentified haemorraghic fever; mother, sister and grandmother soon follow
February 2nd: Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks defeat Denver Broncos 42-8, most viewed television event in the United States with over 111 million viewers
- February 6th: Jay Leno ends his time on The Tonight Show
- February 7th – 23rd: The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXII Olympic Winter Games, were a major international multi-sport event held in Sochi, Russia, in the tradition of the Winter Olympic Games. U.S. had 9 Gold, 7 Silver, and 12 Bronze medals
- February 17th: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon premieres on NBC
- February 24th: A 4.4 billion-year-old Crystal is discovered to be the oldest known fragment from the earth’s crust
- February 27th: US Republican Governor Jan Brewer vetoes a “religious freedom” bill that would have allowed businesses to turn away gay customers
- March 8th: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 people loses contact and disappears, prompting the most expensive search effort in history
- March 12th: 8 people are killed, 70 are injured, & 2 buildings are leveled after a gas explosion in East Harlem, New York
March 19th: What would become the largest Ebola outbreak in history begins in March 2014 with 23 deaths from what is then called a “mystery” hemorrhagic fever.
- April 12th: The new drug, ABT-450, with a 90-95% success rate for treating Hepatitis C, is announced
- May 18th: Adam Scott overtakes Tiger Woods as the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world
- June 13th: Stanley Cup: Los Angeles Kings defeat the New York Rangers in 5 games
- June 15th: San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals
- July 17th: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashes (presumed shot down by either pro-Russian separatists or the Ukrainian militia), killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board
- July 27th: Missionary groups report that two Americans are sickened with Ebola while helping patients in Monrovia, Liberia. Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were working for aid groups Samaritan’s Purse and SIM, respectively. Brantly later told reporters he held patients’ hands as they were dying
- September 15th: President Obama announces the US will send 3,000 troops to help combat spread of the Ebola virus
- September 24th: 4-year-old boy from Hamilton Township, New Jersey died of the respiratory virus, Enterovirus EV-D68
- September 30th: A case of Ebola Virus reaches Dallas, Texas
October 3rd: 83 million accounts are compromised after a cyber attack on JP Morgan Chase & 9 other financial institutions
- October 8th: Thomas Duncan dies at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital
- October 21st: Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
- October 29th: San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series. Madison Bumgarner is named MLB 2014 World Series MVP
- November 4th: The US votes in mid-term elections: Republicans retain the house & regain the Senate
- November 4th: New York’s 104-storey World Trade Center re-opens in Manhattan, over 13 years after the twin towers were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks
- November 8th: US President Obama authorises deployment of 1500 additional troops to help train and advise Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants
- November 9th: Celebrations held in Germany to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall; white balloons marking a stretch of the wall symbolize its disappearance
- November 20th: Nearly 5 million illegal immigrants in the US will have the threat of deportation deferred, after President Barack Obama announces sweeping immigration changes
November 24th: Sony Pictures would see the first signs of a cyber hack, which would impact the release of the Seth Rogen and James Franco movie, “The Interview”
- November 24th: A 12-year-old boy is shot dead by police in Cleveland, after brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun in a playground
- November 25th: Protest erupt across US after a decision by Missouri grand jury not to bring charges against Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri
- December 2nd: Stephen Hawking claims that Artificial Intelligence could be a “threat to mankind” and spell the end of the human race
- December 2nd: Comedian Bill Cosby resigns from the board of trustees of an American university following renewed sexual assault allegations
- December 3rd: Protests erupt in cities across the US after a grand jury decides not to charge the NY police officer who killed Eric Garner with a choke-hold
- December 9th: CIA Torture Report released, detailing the CIA’s use of torture on detainees between 2001-2006
- December 28th: Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crashes in bad weather in the Java Sea, killing all 162 people on board
January 7th: Officials warned the public that a Disneyland visitor might be linked to at least seven confirmed cases of the measles throughout California and two in Utah. Six of the seven California patients were not vaccinated for measles. Doctors suspected the first infected person visited the park sometime between December15 and December 20, 2014.
- January 15th: From mid-August 2014 to January 15, 2015, CDC or state public health laboratories confirmed a total of 1,153 people in 49 states and the District of Columbia with respiratory illness caused by EV-D68.
- January 19th – 23rd: Allegations surface that the footballs used by the New England Patriots in their victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship were deflated. At the end of the week, the NFL confirms that the footballs used by the Patriots in the AFC Championship were deflated and an investigation into how that happened is on going.
- January 27th: The number of reported measles cases in California has grown to at least 73, with 50 of them linked to the Disney theme park outbreak, state health officials said.
- The National Weather Service says the snowstorm that dumped more than two feet of snow on parts of Massachusetts was indeed a blizzard. The storm impacted most of the northeast.
- January 29th: Aaron Hernandez murder trial begins.