Super XLIX Raring To Go

Super Bowl XLIX
The biggest day in American Sport kicks off on Monday (AEST).

New England and Seattle face off on Monday (AEST) for the most coveted prize in American sport, the Super Bowl trophy. With that in mind, TattsBet gives you an insight into both teams and analyses a few key areas.


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New England Patriots



Super Bowls Played: 7

Super Bowls Won: 3

 

The Patriots have the most successful coach in postseason history in their corner, and one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game behind the scrimmage. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have led New England to five Super Bowls, and have managed to win three of them. Add to that the mixture of youth and experience and the Patriots are primed to walk out the victor come Sunday.



Key Players



Tom Brady

Tom Brady is winding down on an illustrious career, and he has his sights set on a fourth Championship ring on Monday. The two-time MVP has been the cornerstone of the Patriots success this season, passing for 4,109 yards for 33 touchdowns in the regular season. His performance against the Colts in the AFC Championship game was superb, completing 70% of his passes and finding the end zone on three occasions. His combination with tight end Rob Gronkowski is sure to play a huge role in New England’s offence.

Tom Brady

Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman has shown in the postseason that he is a man to watch no matter where he is on the field. His 51 yard TD pass to Danny Amendola against the Ravens was a highlight of the season and showed the versatility of the former Kent State QB. While many have likened him to Patriot wide receiver and three-time Super Bowl champ Troy Brown, Edelman could just as easily take over the reins from Brady when he retires.

 

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Seattle Seahawks



Super Bowls Played: 2

Super Bowls Won: 1

 

Seattle is the reigning champs for reason. They were clearly the most dominant team in the league at the end of the regular season and then destroyed the Carolina Panthers in the Conference Semi-finals. Then that fight and determination that saw them raise the trophy last season was what got them out of the corner in the Conference Championship match against the Packers two weeks ago. Trailing at by 20 at halftime, the Seahawks went on the win 28-22 in overtime and secure their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance.



Key Players

Russell Wilson

QBs always have a lot of pressure placed on their shoulders, but with good reason. They control the tempo of the game and usually the team’s fate lies in their hands. Russell Wilson has had a patchy postseason to say the least. His performance against the Panthers was nothing short of inspirational, passing for 268 yards and three TDS in their 31-17 victory. But then two weeks ago against the Packers, he was uncharacteristically quiet, making just 209 passing yards and notching up four interceptions. If the Seahawks look to become the first team in a decade to win back-to-back titles, he needs to find the form that has made him one of the most dangerous QBs in the game.

 

Russell Wilson
 

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch is called “Beast Mode”, and in the postseason, he have shown us all why. His 216 rushing yards has been the reason the Seahawks have been so dominant. When Seattle needed someone to step up two weeks ago, it was Lynch who raised his hand. His 157 yards against the Packers was more than the entire Green Bay roster combined (135). If Seattle wins on Monday, expect Lynch to claim the Super Bowl MVP .

 

Marshawn Lynch 


Quick facts



The Patriots have only ever played at University of Phoenix Stadium once, which happened to be Super Bowl XLII, which they lost to the New York Giants.


The Seahawks are 10-0 against Super Bowl-winning QBs since Wilson joined the team in 2012.


Tom Brady has the most consecutive completions in a single Super Bowl (16).


Russell Wilson is the first QB in history to lead his team to back-to-back Super Bowls in his first three seasons as a pro.


Seattle WR Jermaine Kearse has caught at least one TD in four consecutive playoff games, dating back to last year’s NFC Championship game.


The Patriots and the Seahawks have faced each other 16 times, with both scoring eight wins apiece. Their last match up was in 2012, with Seattle just pitting New England 24-23.


 


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