As we count down to February 1st, most people are arguing over whether the Seattle can go back-to-back, or whether favourites New England can stop the Seahaws in their tracks. However there are a few more things to look out for at Super Bowl XLIX.
So, as all eyes turn towards the University of Phoenix Stadium, what can we expect?
Tom Brady’s Quest for Ring #4
When a 24-year-old Brady led the Patriots to victory in Super Bowl XXXVI the idea of him repeating the feat was not beyond the realms of possibility, but few could have imagined that he would be still here some 13 years later.
However here he is, one of the biggest names in NFL and one of the most famous sportsmen in the world. And a fourth title this year would cap a phenomenal career at the highest level.
Seattle Back From the Dead
With three minutes left in the NFC Championship Game, the Seahawks were looking at a 19-7 deficit against Green Bay. Many said that was unassailable, but Russell Wilson wasn’t listening, dragging the side into overtime and ultimately into the Super Bowl.
Countless different sports have brought up comeback stories before, and it is often the case that a team considering itself blessed to even be taking to the field will play without the pressure of expectation and emerge victorious.
New England Patriots -1.5 -110
Seattle Seahawks +1.5 -110
(All odds provided by Intertops.eu are accurate
as of today but subject to change)
Another Chance for a Surprise MVP
Over the years, the Super Bowl MVP honours have unsurprisingly gone the way of the winning quarterback, with 26 of the 48 to receive the award being QBs. However last year the Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith became only the third linebacker named Super Bowl MVP.
Could a surprise name like Smith come through again this year? Or will it be business as usual?
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TOM VICTOR (editor) is the editor and co-founder of Betting Instinct. He has written for a variety of sports sites in the past, including JustFootball, Footy Matters and BeNeFoot. You can follow him on Twitter.