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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

    WHO'S HURTIN'

    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) are questionable.

    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.

    GAME ANALYSIS

    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.
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