By Andrew Orzechowski, Contributing Editor
2014 Regular Season Record: 21-23-2; Winning Percentage: 48%
Postseason Record: 1-2; Winning Percentage: 33%
Sunday, February 1, 2015
SUPER BOWL XLIX
NEW ENGLAND (12-4) VS SEATTLE (12-4), 6:30 PM (ET)
JUST THE FACTS
Stadium - University of Phoenix Stadium
Capacity - (65,000)
Surface - Grass
Series Record - Tied (8-8)
Series Streak - New England has won two of the last three meetings.
Last Meeting - October 14, 2012 (Seattle, 24-23 at Seattle)
Television - NBC
TRENDS, HISTORY AND HINTS
NEP - 2-6 ATS L8 vs. SEA
NEP - 4-1 ATS L5 as a dog
NEP - 1-3 ATS L4 vs. NFC West
NEP - 1-4 ATS L5 in the Super Bowl
NEP - 8-3 ATS l11 vs. teams with a winning record
NEP - 6-2 to the UNDER L8
NEP - 16-8 to the OVER L24 vs. teams with a winning record
SEA - 6-2 SU L8 vs. NEP
SEA - 3-1 ATS L4 vs. AFC East
SEA - 5-2 ATS L7 playoff games
SEA - 6-3 ATS L9 after two or more consecutive wins
SEA - 17-7 ATS L24 vs. teams with a winning record
SEA - 10-3 to the OVER L13 vs. AFC
SEA - 6-3 to the OVER L9 after two or more consecutive wins
New England - LB Akeem Ayers (knee), DT Sealver Siliga (foot), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder),
QB Tom Brady (ankle/cold symptoms) are probable. DT Chris Jones (elbow) and C Bryan Stork (knee)
Seattle - RB Marshawn Lynch (back), CB Richard Sherman (elbow) and S Earl Thomas (shoulder) are probable. G J.R. Sweezy (ankle) and OT Justin Britt (knee) are questionbale. CB Eric Pinkins (foot) is out.
The New England Patriots clash with the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at
University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.
The Patriots are coming off a crushing, 45-7, victory over the Indianapolis
Colts in the AFC Championship game. They easily covered the 7-point
spread in the game. However, there are a couple of interesting trends worth
noting. The first is that the Patriots are just 1-4 against the spread in their
five Super Bowl appearances with Tom Brady. The second is that the Patriots are
just 2-6 ATS in their last eight meetings against the Seahawks.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks try to win their second consecutive Super Bowl. The
feat was last accomplished by the Patriots during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
Last year Seattle crushed the Denver Broncos, 43-8, easily covering the number
in the game. The Seahawks have done well against the spread in recent
postseason games, as they are 5-2 ATS in their last seven.
It will be interesting to see Tom Brady and the Patriots' offense take on the
Seattle defense. The one thing for sure is that the Seahawks are
going to be in a much closer contest than they were last year. They will have
to earn it if they want to become back-to-back champions as a very close
contests can be anticipated.
SPORTS NETWORK CHOICE: Take Seattle as a pick.