We can only hope Super Bowl 49 will be as good as the last time the New England Patriots battled the Seattle Seahawks back in 2012. It was actually quite similar to the Packers/Seahawks game this past Sunday. The Patriots led the Seahawks 23-10 in the 4th quarter, but the rookie quarterback at the time Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to a comeback win, 24-23.
Russell Wilson went 16/27 for 293 yards and 3 touchdowns, but he did lose a fumble, something he hasn't done in 2014, despite fumbling the ball 11 times. Two of his touchdowns came in the final 7:21 of the game, including a 46 yard touchdown to Sidney Rice with just over a minute to play.
Wilson like Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin were unable to find much success on the ground as they combined for 85 yards on 25 carries. We all know about the big plays Lynch is capable of making and how dangerous Wilson can be when he's scrambling. If the Seahawks only rush for 85 yards on Super Bowl Sunday then the Patriots really did their homework.
Doug Baldwin who is the only receiver who is still on the team, caught only two passes but both were big plays. One catch went for 50 yards and the other resulted in a 24 yard touchdown late in the 1st quarter.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Seahawks team is still very much still intact. In this game, Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor, and K.J. Wright all recorded 10 or more tackles. Tom Brady was picked off twice, once by Earl Thomas and the other by who else, Richard Sherman.
Sherman taunted Brady when leaving the field at the end of the game and later posted a tweet asking Brady, "You Mad Bro?" This Brady-Sherman matchup is going to be a fun one to watch. You know Brady won't back down and you know Sherman will be ready.
Brady attempted 58 passes in this game, completing 36 of them for 395 yards and two touchdowns. It's hard to imagine Brady throwing the ball that many times against this Seahawks secondary but then again in a must win game, why wouldn't Belichick let Brady control the Patriots offense?
The two touchdowns Brady threw went to Wes Welker, who finished with 10 catches and 138 yards and the other score went to Aaron Hernandez, yikes.
Rob Gronkowski is the only current Patriot to record a catch in this game, aside from Stevan Ridley who is out for the season.
Chandler Jones who was a rookie at the time, sacked Russell Wilson twice, and on one of the sacks forced Wilson to fumble and Rob Ninkovich was able to recover it. This turnover led to a Stephen Gostkowski field goal.
Jerod Mayo forced a Zach Miller fumble in the 4th quarter that led to another Patriots field goal. I guess the moral of the story is that you need to find the end zone. Field goals will not get it done. The final 3 scores for the Patriots were all field goals, resulting in just 9 points. The final 3 scores for the Seahawks were all touchdowns, leading to 21 points. That's the difference in the ball game.
Stevan Ridley, Brandon Bolden and Danny Woodhead combined for 26 carries and 87 rushing yards. It's very clear that the running back duties will be given to LeGarrette Blount who has turned into a huge pick up for the Patriots late in the season. Blount rushed for 148 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts, after rushing the ball just 3 times for 1 yard the week before against the Baltimore Ravens.
If we get to see a 1 point game in the Super Bowl then all football fans will be given a gift, after the blowout we all witnessed last season. We have the best defense against the smartest coach/quaterback combo in Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. This Super Bowl might go down as one of the best Super Bowl's of all time. Get excited ladies and gentlemen!