We are one day away.
The two weeks of absurd Super Bowl hype are just about complete, and now we get to witness one of the greatest Super Bowl matchups we will ever see. The Patriots and Seahawks are evenly matched in every way, and I think we are going to see a hell of a game.
I have spent a ton of time breaking down this matchup, so I won’t go into a lot of detail here, but basically, I think this game comes down to three things for New England. First, they need to stop Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson on the ground, secondly they need to stay balanced on offense and get LeGarrette Blount going early, and finally, they must convert in the red zone. The number one reason the Pats lost to Seattle in 2012 was because of their horrid performance in the red area, and that will be another big key tomorrow.
If New England contains Lynch, and forces Wilson to beat this secondary from the pocket, the Patriots will definitely win. Seattle will not be able to beat Darrelle Revis and company in a traditional manner, especially with Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower hunting down Russell Wilson. On the other side of the ball, the Patriots will have matchups to exploit in the passing game, but they also have to run the football. Teams have been able to move the ball on the ground against Seattle this year, and in order to control the clock, and keep Brady upright, Blount needs to be big.
As much as I wish the Pats come out and blow these boys out of the water, that is just not going to happen. I have too much respect for that defense, and I have too much respect for Marshawn Lynch to see that scenario play out. This is going to be a low scoring affair, but I think the Patriots ultimately pull it out. The defense comes up with a big stop at the end of the game to preserve a seven point victory.
Patriots 24 Seahawks 17