Every NFL fan’s dream of having such breathtaking entertainment watching the NFL playoffs has become a reality once again this year.
There has been plenty of excitement from the controversial Lions/Cowboys pass interference call, to the Dez Bryant catch or non catch, to witnessing one of the greatest games in NFL history, seeing the Seahawks improbable comeback against the Packers to go back to the Super Bowl.
No matter who wins on Super Bowl Sunday, every football fan would’ve been satisfied who would play in the big game.
Now everyone gets to watch an intriguing battle between the defending Super Bowl champs and some team called the New England Patriots.
A matchup like this is a dream come true for both fans and media, having storyline after storyline.
Of course there’s a particular, seems-to-be-never ending storyline we’re all very familiar with since last Sunday night continuing to hover over the Patriots.
Looking at the matchup however, the Seahawks can become the first back-to-back champion since the Patriots in 2003-04 with a win, and the last time the Patriots were in Arizona for the Super Bowl, they suffered a loss to the New York Giants with the late game heroics of Eli Manning and David Tyree.
But looking at the on-field storylines, there’s the record-breaking quarterback matchup of Tom Brady who will start his sixth Super Bowl, and Russell Wilson, who will become the youngest quarterback to start two Super Bowls.
How will Brady solve the suffocating Seattle defense?
Which running game will be better?
What will the Seahawks defense do with Rob Gronkowski?
How healthy will Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas be come kickoff?
But the one matchup that no one’s talking about which will be interesting to watch is special teams.
New England has two dangerous returners in Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman.
Punter Ryan Allen has averaged almost 47 yards a punt, including a 67-yard punt this year.
And of course, the Patriots have Stephen Gostkowski, who always is reliable, 35 of 37 on the year total.
They also have not allowed a return touchdown this season.
On the Seahawks side, of course we all know what happened two weeks ago against Green Bay, but Pete Carroll has always stressed this area of the game.
As a team, Seattle has allowed just one return touchdown this season.
They also carry a solid kicking unit with Jon Ryan punting, and Steven Hauschka kicking.
Ryan averaged about 44 yards a punt this year, with a 61-yard punt being his longest.
Hauschka has been reliable also, perfect on field goals from 39 yards and shorter and 9 of 12 on field goals 40 yards or longer.
Like every other part of the game, the best special teams will simply come down to execution.
Overall, NFL fans get one more game they dream about, with this one coming down to the wire.
Both these teams have good quarterbacks, solid running games, suffocating secondary’s, and reliable special teams units.
Whoever makes a play late in the game and “does their job” wins it.
Both of these teams know how to win, but go back to two weeks ago, and no one can still believe how Seattle pulled it off.
Winning games in one of the most improbable ways like that wins championships, and that’s what happens Sunday night.
The Seahawks will pull out a 20-14 victory in Super Bowl XLIX.