A breathtaking matchup will put together the defending champions who will stay against the dominant NFL franchise of the 2000s.
Seahawks (14-4) will play with Patriots (14-4) in the title game at Glendale, Arizona, in two weeks.
“New England reached its eighth Super Bowl, equaling the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers for most in league history. It’s the sixth time quarterback Brady and coach Bill Belichickmade it in the past 14 years; they won trophies after the 2001, 2003 and 2004 seasons,” The Huffington Post reports.
“But they lost in their past two appearances, after the 2007 and 2011 seasons, both times against Eli Manning and the New York Giants,” the publication explains.
Some Las Vegas sports books reported the NFL’s team — hoping for its third Super Bowl — as 1-point favorites, while others made the game a pick them.
Last year, Seattle eclipsed Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-8 in the big game. In nearly a half-century of Super Bowls there’s never been so long a stretch without a repeat champion.
But with coach Pete Carroll, Belichick’s predecessor with the Patriots, and general manager John Schneider in charge, Seattle has the makings of a dynasty, thanks to cool-as-can-be Wilson, cornerback Richard Sherman and the first defense since the 1985-86 Chicago Bears to give up the fewest points and fewest yards two seasons in a row.
“A week ago, the Patriots became the first team to erase two holes of at least 14 points in a postseason game, but they needed no such comeback Sunday night, completely outclassing the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 for the AFC title,” writes Yahoo!.
“Brady threw a trio of TD passes – including one to left tackle Nate Solder, in the latest bit of trickery from Belichick – and burly running back LeGarrette Blount gained 148 yards on 30 carries and scored three times.”
Brady and Belichick are the first quaterbacks and first coach with six Super Bowl; Belichick’s 21 postseason victories are the most for a coach.
”It’s hard to compare, year to year. I think every situation’s different. We’ve had a lot of good teams in the past,” Brady said. ”This one is going to have to win a very important game to kind of leave our legacy.”
“I have tons of respect for Tom Brady,” Russell Wilson noted when asked about the possibility of facing Brady and his team. “He’s done it for so many years and all the amazing things he’s done, to have the opportunity to play against him would be special, just because it’s arguably the best quarterback of all time.”
“Like I said, it’s not about me,” Wilson added. “It’s about the Seattle Seahawks trying to win back-to-back Super Bowls, Super Bowl XLIX.”