Super Bowl 48 has the potential to be one of the greatest matches with the Patriots and Seahawks facing off and here at The Starting Point, we make our predictions.
2008, was the last time the New England Patriots played a Super Bowl in Arizona, losing to the Giants 17-14 in one of the greatest upset victories in the history of football’s biggest game. While the lasting image of that February night while always be David Tyree’s miraculous catch, the biggest factor in the Giants success that night was their ability pressure Tom Brady and disrupt the rhythm of one of the greatest offenses the game has ever seen.
Without a doubt, the top-ranked Seahawks defense will be the fastest of any team New England has faced this year. They have the physicality to throw of the timing between Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, but more importantly, like the Giants six years ago Seattle has the ability to generate pressure on the quarterback without having blitz. In the end, that combination will prove to be too much for New England much in the same vein as it was for the Denver Broncos in last year’s Super Bowl, and Sunday will see the crowning of football’s newest dynasty as the Seahawks will become the first team since New England to win back-to-back championships.
Final: Seattle 21, New England 17.
The Seahawks and their Legion of Boom come into this game looking to defend their Super Bowl title, but the Patriots will look to take the air out their game and leave Hawks fans feeling a little, well, deflated…. Puns aside, this looks like a fantastic matchup, similar in many ways to last year’s matchup: elite quarterback and high-scoring offense against a top defense. While injuries to Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman have left a few question marks as to how much Boom the Legion will bring, I have to pick the Seahawks in this one. If they can stop the Pats’ decent running game, they will control it from start to finish and Russell Wilson, the most underrated QB in the NFL, will get his second ring.
Final: Seahawks 27, Patriots 17
Get ready to see a turnaround defense versus an offense built for domination. Seattle has been unstoppable and healthy on both sides since last year’s Super Bowl victory over the Broncos. Cornerback Richard Sherman, safety Kam Chancellor and their intimidating defensive line company do not have anything to lose. The Patriots are approaching dynasty status. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick continue to develop one of the best offensive teams I have seen in football years.
My guess is the Seahawks and their defense wins the trophy a second time. Y’all saw what happened last year to Peyton and his outstanding company.
Final: Seahawks 28 Patriots 21, Super Bowl MVP, Mr. Killa Kam Chancellor.
This might be the most evenly matched Super Bowl game I have seen over the years. Both teams mirror each other in many ways, gritty run styles and disruptive defenses. Both secondary’s make the opposing quarterbacks put passes in the tightest windows possible. No real WR to look out for, there is no real edge in the passing either, even though I will give Tom Brady over Russell Wilson. I am looking forward to the trick plays and disguise packages presented by both Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll.
But with momentum and a championship to defend I am going to pick the Seahawks for the win. The Patriots will come to make a statement during the game but to sustain a consistent offensive effort against the Seahawks is something I have not seen many teams do.
Final: Seahawks 24 Patriots 21