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Who Is In the Super Bowl? … And Doug Baldwin’s Post-Game Rant

BY CAILIN BURKE

As most experts (and my family and I) predicted, the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will be competing in Super Bowl XLIX. To get here, we had to go through one game which had viewers on the edge of their seats and one that was much less thrilling.

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The NFC Championship between the Seahawks and Green Bay Packers was a closer game than anticipated, as it came down to overtime. Even though the odds were highly in the Seahawks favor, it was their mistakes on offense and multitude of penalties that gave Green Bay a chance. With Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson throwing four interceptions, Green Bay failed to make the most out of these uncharacteristic mistakes. Between the five Seattle turnovers in the game (one first quarter fumble on a Doug Baldwin return), Green Bay was only able to score 6 points on the possession changes, and 22 points total. Although it was one of Wilson’s worst career games, it was Green Bay’s lack of capitalization on Seattle’s many errors that resulted in their loss.

Jermaine Kearse game-winning touchdown. Courtesy of AP / Jeff Chiu

Jermaine Kearse game-winning touchdown. Courtesy of AP / Jeff Chiu

If you want the short version of this game, Green Bay had a 16-point lead at halftime mainly due to Seattle mistakes. Seattle came back in the second half, getting within 5 points of the Packers with a score of 19-14 and a little more than 2 minutes left in the game. The Seahawks then successfully attempted an onside kick which allowed repossession of the ball. With this possession, they scored and made the game 22-19 in their favor. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers responded, making it quickly down the field and gaining enough yardage to allow Mason Crosby to make the game-tieing field goal. On to overtime, the Seahawks won the coin toss, and in their first overtime possession (and in only a little over 3 minutes), Wilson threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse to win the game. Final score: 28-22.

Courtesy of AP / Elaine Thompson

Courtesy of AP / Elaine Thompson

In typical Seahawk fashion, they ended their game with some shouting. It came from Doug Baldwin this time who had a lot to say about the team’s “doubters.” Starting the season at 3-3, Baldwin yelled, “Everyone counted us out.” Baldwin’s post-game rant definitely followed in the footsteps of Richard Sherman. I mean, hey, the 12th man sure likes to shout too. Although they may have been doubted in the beginning, the Seahawks were the heavy favorites in this game. Just look at the NFL expert picks.

Courtesy of Cincy Jungle

Courtesy of Cincy Jungle

As for the Patriots vs. the Indianapolis Colts, this game went quite the opposite and wasn’t determined in a dramatic, anxiety-inducing way. The final score was 45-7, Patriots. A game recap would probably bore you, so basically all there is to know is Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount had a great game with 3 rushing touchdowns, while Brady threw 3 touchdowns, and Julian Edelman had 98 receiving yards. Maybe the most noteworthy fact of this game is that Brady is now onto his sixth Super Bowl as starting quarterback, a NFL record. This game also allowed him to surpass Peyton Manning’s record for most post-season passing yards.

Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

With two weeks until the Super Bowl, the Seahawks are going to make sure they fix their issues and won’t be making those mistakes again. I think they’ve got this, but truth be told, I wish a different team would win. Just not the Patriots, sorry I’m a Giants fan.

What to Know Before the Super Bowl

BY CAILIN BURKE

If you haven’t been keeping up with football all season, here are some things you should know before watching the big game on Sunday.

1) A major part of the game is going to focus on the legacy of Peyton ManningSeveral key things make this game huge for Manning. For one, if the Broncos win, Manning will be the first quarterback in NFL history to win the Super Bowl for two different teams. (In 2006, he led the Indianapolis Colts to a 16-14 win over the Chicago Bears.) This is also Manning’s second season back after having neck surgery, which many thought would put an end to his career. Of course he proved them all wrong. Now at 37 years old, despite surgery and being let go by the Colts, he has the perfect chance to make a final statement about his career. Although there is speculation that he will retire if he wins, in interviews he has said he’d like to continue playing football. Either way, a win in this game would ensure his legacy as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.

2) Richard Sherman will also be at the forefront of the game. As most of us have seen Sherman’s interview after the NFC Championship, all eyes will be on him this Sunday. As a cornerback, his job is to cover receivers in the back field, and for the Super Bowl he’ll most likely be matched up in man-to-man coverage with Broncos star wide-receiver Demaryius Thomas. Make sure to watch for the two of them going head to head during the game.

3) The Broncos have the #1 offense in the NFL while the Seahawks have the #1 defense. This is a pretty even match up and most experts are 50-50 in their predictions of this year’s Super Bowl Champion. According to the spread in Las Vegas, the Broncos are predicted to win by 2.5 but I’ve seen other betting websites predicting the Seahawks to win. Basically, it will be a close game.

4) The Seahawks have never won a Super Bowl title. Although the Seahawks have been in the Super Bowl one time in 2006, they have never won, losing 21-10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers that year. They have a fairly young team and only one team member, receiver Ricardo Lockette, has ever experienced a Super Bowl. The Broncos, on the other hand, have made it to the big game six times, winning two of them.

5) Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is only in his second year in the NFL. As such, he is still known as a NFL rookie. During his first season with the Seahawks, he led them to the Divisional round of he 2012 Playoffs where they lost to the Atlanta Falcons 30-28. If the Seahawks were to win this Sunday, the MVP may not be Wilson, and would likely go to running back Marshawn Lynch instead. However if the Broncos win, the MVP will 100% be Peyton Manning.

6) You should know about the 12th manThis is what the Seahawks fans are known as. In football, there are a maximum of 11 men allowed on the field for each team at one time. Fans are known as the 12th man, because they are a part of the game as well. The Seahawks really value their fans and will always reference the 12th man because their fans have helped them win through their support and loud cheering. (Their stadium is the loudest in the NFL.) Often, you will see Seahawks fans wearing jerseys with a number 12 on the back of them in reference to this.

These are definitely some basic facts you should know before watching tomorrow’s game and if you watch pregame as well, you should hear a lot more about the background of many players and the teams. Whether you’re a die hard #18 fan, a proclaimed 12th man, or none of the above, this year’s Super Bowl is sure to be an exciting one.