On Sunday the defending champion Seattle Seahawks will play the New England Patriots for the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLIX.
The Seahawks come into the game off a miraculous comeback win in the NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers to punch their ticket to Glendale, Ariz. The Patriots go into the game fresh off a blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts, underlined by the “deflategate” scandal.
It was determined that 11 of the Patriots’ 12 allotted footballs used in the championship game were deflated, which is believed to allow the quarterback to throw the ball farther and more accurately, and also allows the runner to carry the ball more securely, and prevent fumbles.
With that said, the game will be a battle between Seattle’s stifling defense and New England’s Tom Brady, one of the best quarterbacks of our generation.
Seattle posts big-name defenders such as Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor, who will go against Brady and one of the most efficient offenses in the NFL. Seattle also has an efficient offense starring quarterback Russell Wilson and former Buffalo Bill Marshawn Lynch, who is one of the most physical running backs in the league and can often be found running over defenders on his way to the end zone.
The Patriots defense is very good with Darrelle Revis, the best cornerback in the NFL, and nose tackle Vince Wilfork anchoring their front line.
The game also poses two spectacular coaches against one another with Seattle’s Pete Carroll and New England’s Bill Belichick.
Seattle is looking to defend its first and only Super Bowl title, which came last year against the Denver Broncos.
The Patriots are looking to avenge two Super Bowl losses in the last seven years. The Patriots have won three championships, most recently against the Philadelphia Eagles in February 2005.
The Super Bowl began in 1967 and since that time 19 different teams have won the game. The Super Bowl, otherwise know as the “biggest spectacle in sports,” has been the marquee event in American sports for close to 30 years. The excitement of watching the two best football teams in the NFL is a boon for many businesses and marketers. It’s an especially unforgettable experience for fans. With fans locked into the game, a captive audience watches the undoubtedly best, and funniest, commercials of the year, with businesses paying up to $4 million to get 30 seconds worth of advertisement.
Also, Americans buy millions of dollars worth of pizza, wings and other food for Super Bowl Sunday, which is the second-largest day of food consumption in the United States behind Thanksgiving.
The real winners are NFL fans. They have been able to witness 50 years of the best football in the world. But it’s another lost season for the Buffalo Bills and their fans who are looking for their first Super Bowl title. The game also marks the end of another season, and offers the chance for a fresh start. We’ll watch these two teams this year, leaving many fans to say, “maybe next year...”
Wesley Watson is a senior at Lancaster High School.