Who Am I?

My photo

I served in the US Navy from 2002-08; four of those years were as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator aboard an aircraft carrier. I engage in political activism in various Democratic circles when I am able to. I have a cat, and I am an uncle.

All opinions that I express are my own and do not reflect the views of any organization that I represent.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

SUPER BOWL XLIX: BACKGROUND INFORMATION




HISTORY

This is the third Super Bowl appearance for the Seahawks having won Super Bowl XLVIII in a 43-8 blowout over the Broncos and lost Super Bowl XL 21-10 to the Steelers in Detroit.

For the Patriots, this is their eighth Super Bowl appearance tying them with the Steelers and Cowboys. New England lost their first two Super Bowls, both in New Orleans to the Bears in January 1986 and then to the Packers in January 1997.

The Patriots first Super Bowl win came on their third trip to the Super Bowl which was also in New Orleans, a 20-17 win over the favored Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. Two years later, the Patriots won another Super Bowl over the Panthers on another late field goal by Adam Vinatieri. At the end of the 2004 season, New England hoisted the Super Bowl trophy and since then they are the most recent team to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

The Patriots have had their quest for a fourth Lombardi Trophy come up short in their last two appearances. In Super Bowl XLII, the Patriots perfect season ended with a 17-14 upset at the very same stadium where this game is being played at. Four years later, in Indianapolis the Giants again won the Super Bowl this time with a 21-17 win.

As for the Patriots and Seahawks matchups, they have split the regular season series at 8-8. Since Seattle moved to the NFC in 2002, the teams have played each other three times (2004, 2008, 2012).

This is the third Super Bowl to be played in Arizona. The NFC Champion has won the two previous matchups. Super Bowl XXX was played with the Cowboys defeating the Steelers 27-17 at the old Fiesta Bowl where the Arizona State Sun Devils now play. In February 2008 was the previously mentioned Super Bowl XLII.


BY THE NUMBERS


New England Patriots
Seattle Seahawks
RECORD
12-4
12-4
POINTS SCORED
4th
10th
OFFENSIVE YARDS
11th
9th
RUSHING YARDS
18th
1st
PASSING YARDS
9th
27th
POINTS AGAINST
8th
1st
YARDS AGAINST
13th
1st
RUSH YARDS AGAINST
9th
3rd
PASS YARDS AGAINST
17th
1st


WEATHER


The average high temperature for the Phoenix metropolitan area in February is 70 degrees.

What's that…?

University of Phoenix Stadium has a retractable roof… And the forecast for Sunday is mainly sunny with a high of 70 and a low of 49. Winds are expected to start out of the west-south-west at 5 mph and end north-north-west at 3 mph.

So I guess weather will not be much of a factor.

Well… watch this clip on how the playing field gets into the stadium.



MATCHUPS & KEY PLAYERS


Bleacher Report also has their analysis on this aspect of the game. Every Super Bowl has their unknown player who steps up in the spotlight.

The player I would watch is Seahawks tight end Luke Wilson. While Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is one to pay attention to given that he caught 82 passes for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns and secured the NFL's comeback player of the year award in 2014, Wilson has shown himself to be a recent valuable weapon for the Seahawks offense.

The Wilson name was known in the divisional round when he caught 4 passes on 4 targets for 68 yards and a touchdown pass. Wilson also caught the 2-point conversion pass that gave Seattle their first lead of the NFC Championship Game.

And when the Seahawks last played at this stadium, Wilson caught 3 passes for 139 yards in a win over the Cardinals. Two were for touchdowns including an 80 yard touchdown pass that gave Seattle the lead in the second quarter and a fourth quarter touchdown pass that widened the Seahawks lead.



Post a Comment