Kade Messner ‘17 – The New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks for the 49th annual Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is one of the most prominent events in all of sports and the hype leading up to the game is immense. This is the Patriots 8th Super Bowl appearance in the franchise’s history, and the Seahawks 3rd. Both teams had 12-4 regular season records and were ranked first seed coming into playoffs. The game will no doubt be spectacular.

A deciding factor going into the game will be which quarterback performs the best. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Seahawks Russell Wilson have very different skill sets. Brady is a tall lanky pocket passer with a great arm, while Wilson is listed at 5’11”, is very quick, and great at out of the pocket improvising. In Brady’s 15 year career, this will be his 6th Super Bowl visit. Brady has been a victor of three. On the other end of the spectrum is Russell Wilson. This is Wilson’s 3rd year in the league and his second Super Bowl. Last year, Wilson led his team to the big game and won it all, crushing the Denver Broncos 43-8.

The saying, “defense wins championships,” could be very true when this game is all said and done. The, “Legion of Boom” for Seattle is made up of cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell, along with safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. They will do their best to slow down the Patriots offense who average 29.2 points per game, which ranks 4th in the entire NFL. Although the Patriots may have a prolific offense, Seattle’s defense is no slouch itself. Allowing 15.9 points per game, 267.1 total yards per game, and 185.6 passing yards per game all rank 1st in the entire NFL, which is impressive to say the least.

The Patriots offense is headlined by all time great quarterback Tom Brady, pro bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski, running back LeGarrette Blount, and receivers Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Brandon LaFell. The Patriots passing can be lethal, as it is ranked 9th overall in the NFL.

The wait is almost over for this clash. The Patriots poetic offense against one of the league’s top defenses in Seattle will be awesome to see. The victor of Super Bowl 49 could be decided in the last couple minutes of the contest.

Who will win Super Bowl 49? *asked 50 RHS students*

New England Patriots Seattle Seahawks
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