One of the most exhilarating games in sports history will be held in Glendale, Az. on Feb. 1. This of course, is Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots.

This postseason has definitely been a crazy one to say the least; you have one team who has been accused of cheating once again, the Patriots. To make a long story short, New England’s footballs were not pumped to regulation size and weight during the first half of the AFC championship game, which obviously gave them an advantage over the Indianapolis Colts, right? No, not in my mind. New England ended up scoring 28 points in the second half after the balls were pumped back to regulation size.

It’s just nonsense and has been blown out of proportion. The Patriots defense manhandled the Colts quarterback, Andrew Luck who only completed 12 of 33 passes for only 126 yards and two interceptions. With no offense being generated, the Colts defense surrendered 148 yards on the ground to LeGarrette Blount as he added three touchdowns. The Colts were simply outplayed in all stat categories. The size of the footballs had nothing to do with the Patriots’ dominance, just look at how well they played on defense. The Colts were obviously not ready and were not mentally prepared for the Patriots.

From the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks are looking for their second consecutive Super Bowl. After miraculously defeating the Green Bay Packers in overtime, it seems as if it is destiny for them to win a second consecutive Super Bowl.

As both defenses have been on a tear lately, the Patriots have been surprisingly impressive as of late both in the air and on the ground. They limited the Colts to just 206 yards in total. The Patriots are now becoming a more well-developed defensive team and are capable of keeping up with the sharp, hard-hitting Seattle defense on Super Bowl Sunday.

The difference between the two teams is their offensive skill. Tom Brady and the Patriots seemingly have it all figured out and have been clicking the last half of the season. With Rob Gronkowski and the key catches from Julian Edelman, it will be hard to stop this offensively driven team. The skill of their line and Seattle’s defensive line will be interesting to see how it all unfolds. Tom Brady will have to throw with Seattle’s rushing defense being hard to overpower as of late.

Seattle has been struggling on the offensive side of the ball. Having five turnovers like they did against the Packers will not cut it against the Patriots. The Seahawks just don’t have enough offensive power to keep up with an offensively driven team. They do have arguably one of the best rushers in the NFL in Marshawn Lynch, but he would have to start fast unlike his past few performances. They say defense wins games but if you can’t score, how can you win? Watching Seattle struggle against the Packers makes me worry about how they will show up against the Patriots. You can only get lucky so many times.

The Patriots will come out on top as Brady and Belichick will be once again united on Super Bowl Sunday for their sixth time together. They simply have more power than the defending champions. It is extremely difficult to win back to back Super Bowls as well. The Patriots will win 21-13 in a defensive battle. The Patriots are in a groove and don’t seem like they plan to stop anytime soon, while there are still many questions to be answered by the Seattle offense.

The views expressed are those of the writer and not necessarily those of The Torch. Contact Andy Pesce at torch@valpo.edu.

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