Big game for Seattle fans today. A chance to repeat as Super Bowl Champions. You can read the expert opinions here and here about why the Patriots will win or why the Seahawks will win. You’ll find the experts are pretty evenly divided, and their score predictions are all pretty close. I’m no expert, but I say Seahawks win because they’re good enough and smart enough, and gosh darn it, people like them! And it’s not just people in these parts that do.
So my prediction is Russell Wilson won’t have a bad day like he had during the first 55 minute’s of the NFC Championship game. Instead he will make good decisions during all 60 minutes, and a lot of those decisions will result in Marshawn Lynch getting the ball and going all Beast Mode on New England’s defense. Seattle’s “pedestrian” receivers will block down field very well like they always do for Marshwan, and they’ll catch some balls too. Look for Baldwin to have a huge day.
Our defense will be too much for Brady to handle. They are big, fast, and tackle better than any other team. Gronkowski is supposed to be the Patriot to give them problems. Chancellor and Wagner can handle him with a little help from Irvin and Wright.
That said, my prediction is Seahawks win 23-19.
UPDATE: Well the game didn’t turn out like I thought it would. Tom Brady brought the Patriots back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter against a Seattle defense that rarely gives up any points in the fourth quarter. Seattle got the ball with a little over two minutes to go, and after a long throw to Marshawn down the left sideline for 31 yards, then a quick pass to Ricardo Lockette for 11, and then an amazing catch by Jermaine Kearse for 33, the Seahawks were on the five-yard line of New England. Beast Mode carried the ball to the one, and then… the worst play call ever. On second down with 26 seconds to go and one time out left the game was Seattle’s to win. But instead of handing the ball to Beast Mode, who was on a roll, Darrell Bevell called a slant pass. The pass probably looked good to Wilson right when the ball left his hand on the way to Lockette, but a split second later, Malcom Butler crashed in front of the ball and picked it to seal the 28-24 Patriots win.
The best running team in the league with the best running back and best running quarterback, and they pass it? Worst call ever.