Ramon Antonio Vargas
The win Seattle registered in the NFC title game two weeks ago is one every Super Bowl championship campaign needs. And not even Tom Terrific or The Hoodie will be able to deny a Seahawks team that has an offense and defense that complement each other like every NFL team only wishes it could — which, of course, means the Patriots fall to 3-3 in Super Bowls under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
Seahawks 23, Patriots 21
Deflategate. Marshawn the Mute. The Seahawks aiming for a Super repeat while the Patriots angle for an elite fourth Super Bowl title. So much focus has been off the field there has been comparatively little on it. But the ability of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski (and maybe Brandon LaFell) to exploit a banged-up secondary looms large. Maybe afterward, Lynch will talk about his disappointment.
Patriots 24, Seahawks 21
If not for two miracle catches, Tom Brady would be going for a sixth Super Bowl ring on Sunday. That’s certainly enough to motivate him right there, but Brady and the rest of the Patriots will be on a mission to stop the incessant talk of them being cheaters. They’ll do it the Patriots way: with a skillful offense and a defense that isn’t too shabby — even if they aren’t the Seahawks.
Patriots 26, Seahawks 20
Deflategate won’t go away. People keep pulling the fire alarm at the team hotel. And Tom Brady has the sniffles. But the New England Patriots’ biggest problem Sunday is going to be the same one the rest of Seattle’s opponents have faced this season: the league’s best defense. Plus Russell Wilson has gone from game-manager to game-decider.
Seahawks 27, Patriots 13