The New England Patriots will meet the Seattle Seahawks in Glendale, Ariz. at University of Phoenix Stadium for Super Bowl XLIX.

Tom Brady looks to lead the Patriots to victory with help from his favorite target, Rob Gronkowski. Brady has a 64.1 completion percentile with 4,109 passing yards and 33 touchdowns this season. Gronkowski has 82 receptions, 1,124 yards, and 12 touchdowns this season.

The Seahawks are known for their defense that is No. 1in the NFL. Richard Sherman leads the Seahawks defense and is tied for first with two interceptions this post-season. Marshawn Lynch carries the offense and has 1,306 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on the season. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a game manager and does what he has to when his team needs him the most.

This will mark the Patriots eight visit to the Super Bowl and the Seahawks third.

The Patriots first appearance dated back in 1986 for Super Bowl XX. They lost 46-10 to the Chicago Bears. Their last appearance was the 2011-2012 season where they lost 21-17 to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. The Patriots last Championship win was in Super Bowl XXXIX in the ’04-’05 season when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21.

This is the Seahawks second straight Super Bowl appearance where they look to repeat as champions. The Seahawks demolished the Denver Broncos 43-8 last season in Super Bowl XLVIII. Seattle’s first Super Bowl appearance was in 2006 where they lost Super Bowl XL 21-10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

This is the 17th meeting between the Patriots and Seahawks where the series is tied 8-8. This Super Bowl will claim the champion and the tiebreaker. The last time these two teams met was in 2012 when the Seahawks won 24-23.

In the Patriots playoff run to Super Bowl XLIX, they defeated the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots beat the Ravens 35-31 in the divisional round. Then, in the AFC Championship, the Patriots won 45-7 against the Colts.

The Seahawks playoff run to Super Bowl XLIX consisted of wins over the Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers. Seattle defeated the Panthers in the divisional round 31-17. In the NFC Championship, the Seahawks beat the Packers 28-22 in overtime.

The Super Bowl XLIX match-up is set for Feb. 1 at 5:30 p.m. on NBC.

Marvel Robinson
Sports Editor

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