NFL NEWS: Super Bowl XLIX
Here are three things to consider about Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots in Phoenix, Sunday.
New England Winning Doesnt Exonerate Anybody
The Patriots under Bill Belichick have won their first three Super Bowls under him in three of four years, all within his first five years with the team. Since their last Super Bowl win in 2005 came Spygate three seasons later in 2007. The shroud of Spygate didnt stop the Patriots from appearing in two more Super Bowls in 2007 and 2011, yet they were defeated both times by Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants.
Despite have another chance to win the title this year and this time without Eli Manning, Coughlin and company to get in their way, another shroud of controversy rears its ugly head in Deflate-gate stemming from their 45-7 trouncing of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game.
As the investigation proceeds to find out if any culpability falls on the Patriots this time, the suspicion will always linger as long as Belichick is in charge. As the old saying goes, fool me once
We could have the makings of a new dynasty
The Seattle Seahawks have the makings of becoming the best defense in the modern era, the first no. 1-ranked defense in back-to-back seasons to return to the Super Bowl. That sort of feat is something that proud defensive franchises like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens have never accomplished.
As much as the Patriots have a chip on their shoulder to win the big game again this times as one-point favorites, the Seahawks already proved their worth winning their first title against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos with their no. 1 offense.
The Patriots, who share the same record as the Seahawks, are obviously no pushovers, but the pressure is on them to succeed like never before even for a Super Bowl.
- The last team to make back-to-back appearances and win the Super Bowl is the Patriots.
- Current Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was hired as Patriots head coach in 1997 after Bill Parcells, who was the last coach to take the team to the Super Bowl before Belichick, resigned following a dispute with ownership. Belichick would be Carrolls successor in 2000.
- Carroll, Barry Switzer and Jimmy Johnson are the only coaches to win a NCAA championship and Super Bowl. Hes currently the third oldest coach to ever win a Super Bowl when he won SB XLVIII at 62 behind Tom Coughlin (65) and Dick Vermeil (63).
- Belichick is tied with Baltimore Colts/Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula with the most Super Bowl appearances with six. If he wins, hell be tied with Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll with four with the most wins.