The final game of the 2013-2014 football season. It’s always a sentimental moment especially because there will be no football until late summer. I honestly do not have many complaints about this past football season. Granted, if the Patriots hadn’t been screwed by a non-call in Carolina and a recklessly stupid call in New York there is a good chance we would be watching Tom Brady take the field at MetLife Stadium this weekend. But that’s neither here nor there.
One thing I find funny about Super Bowl week is that the smallest story gets blown up into the biggest deal. Marshawn Lynch hasn’t talked to the media all year and now all of a sudden it becomes a huge story. Manatees and apes picking the winner of the game. Peyton Manning yelling Omaha! And obviously the weather. The damn weather. It all becomes too much sometimes.
But as for the actual game. Peyton Manning put on an absolute clinic against the Patriots two weekends ago, but that was in the comfort of his own home. When was the last time Manning put out an unbelievable game in an away game. Actually, I do remember: 2004 at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day Manning threw for 236 yards and six touchdowns in a 41-9 win. Impressive. How will he do at MetLife? My prediction: 180 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Pedestrian.
The Seattle defense is great because of the chemistry they have. Drugs or no drugs their secondary is one of the best I’ve ever seen. Like Manning, Seattle doesn’t have the comfort of their own home and the 12th Man. Russell Wilson needs to play like a big boy in this game if the Seahawks want a chance to hoist the Lombardi trophy. I think Marshawn Lynch has himself one heck of a game and breaks out at least one of those long and memorable TD runs he has become known for. Skittles for all.
We are spoiled here in New England. With all the championships we’ve certainly been accustomed to winning. For fans in places like Seattle, celebrations for sports championships are essentially non-existent. A Seattle franchise hasn’t won a championship since 1979 with the Supersonics. They deserve this one. Seahawks 31-22