This coming Sunday the New England Patriots will face the Seattle Seahawks in the finally of the NFL football season, the Super Bowl. Both teams have travelled to Arizona and have been game planning for one another since their respective Conference Championships. What are the key matchups for the big game this Sunday? See Tim Green’s guide to the game below.
Seahawk Offense vs. Patriot Defense.
The Seahawks come into the game with a running machine in Marshawn Lynch (Beast Mode). If #24 Lynch can gain a rhythm behind that offensive line it may be a long day for the New England defense. His explosive and powerful running style attracts a lot of attention and opens play action opportunities for Russell Wilson who plays very well when the offense is balanced. If the Patriots can contain Lynch, they will have the opportunity to focus on Wilson who had an off target game last week against the Green Bay Packers.
Patriot Offense vs. Seahawk Defense.
The Patriots have proved they are a force to be reckoned with on offense, with weapons like Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Legarrette Blount, and Danny Amendola they have shown they can put up many points. They face the storied Legion of Boom in the secondary for Seattle, led by Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor. Chancellor will have the task of covering and tackling Gronkowski who is not an easy person to bring to the ground. Chancellor will offer the Seattle team their best chance at neutralizing the All-Pro tight end standing 6’3 weighing 232. New England will look to use their power running Blount, to open up the game as the Seahawks have shown they can be run on.
Coming off of their best special teams game of the year, Seattle has shown it can execute when the cards are down. A fake field goal, great punting and onside-kick won the game for them last week against the packers.
New England has always been a team that dominates special teams led by their kicker, Stephen Gostkowski who only missed two field goals this year and compiled 156 points.
This game is set to be a great battle between two impressive teams. Be sure to tune in to see the action this Sunday, February 1st at 6:30 EST.