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It's been a long two weeks for Pats fans. Deflate-gate has dominated the headlines and kept the focus off what should be a tremendous match up between two of the NFL's elite teams.
The Seahawks are looking to establish a dynasty by winning back-to-back Super Bowls. For the Pats, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are hoping for a fourth Lombardi Trophy and secure their legacy as one of the NFL's All Time great coach and quarterback tandems. Kevin, let's look at the match up.
The Seahawks' Russell Wilson got the best of the Pats in 2012, throwing three touchdowns in a 24 to 23 come-from-behind win in Seattle. He's also 6 and 1 all time in the postseason.
But Tom Brady's the all-time, NFL leader in playoff wins with 20, and has thrown 49 postseason touchdown passes. Experience matters and so we're giving this match up to Brady.
Pete Carroll's time as Patriots coach isn't remembered all that fondly in New England, with just a 27 and 21 regular season record and only 1 and 2 in the playoffs. But since then he's gone on to win two national titles at the college level and his laid-back style helped guide the Seahawks to the championship last year. Bill Belichick followed Carroll in Foxboro and his 3 super bowl titles speak for themselves, but he hasn't held the Lombardi Trophy since 2005. This match up's a push.
The wide receiver position isn't the strength for either of these teams. The star of last year's Seahawks Super Bowl win, Percy Harvin, was traded to the Jets mid-season, and the players left behind aren't on the same level as some of the other receivers the Pats defense has played this postseason. For the Pats, Julian Edelman has found ways to get open time and again-and Seattle has to also consider him a passing threat after his throw in the win over the ravens. We'll give the edge to the Pats.
The defense for both teams is excellent, but the Seahawks are elite. They've led the NFL in fewest points allowed the last three seasons-that's something Pittsburgh's famous "Steel Curtain" and the legendary Bears teams of the 80's never did. The Pats are good, but not that good. This one goes to Seattle.
We're giving the x factor to the Pats. The team overcame a 2 and 2 start and questions about Tom Brady's future to get back to the Super Bowl for the sixth time in the Belichick-Brady era. And they've got something to prove to the rest of the league after 2 straight weeks of Deflate-gate talk.
Our prediction for the game-Belichick outsmarts Carroll with his game plan, Tom Brady finds Seattle's weak spot, and the Pats win, 24-13.
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