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Super Bowl 49 will create legacies

Super Bowl 49 will create legacies

Posted by Juan Gavasa on January 31, 2015

This Sunday will be the one day of the year where everyone can agree on what they will be watching on television. It’s the one day where everyone has a reason for watching the year’s biggest telecast, and it’s one of the highest rated and most viewed programs in television history. Of course I’m talking about Super Bowl Sunday.

When the 49th edition of “The Big Game” kicks off this week it will create many legacies. The first legacy that will be created is for one of the two teams involved. The AFC Champion New England Patriots are looking to be just the third team to win four Vince Lombardi Trophies. They’re also looking for their first title since Super Bowl 39.

The NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks on the other hand are looking for just their second title in franchise history. They also hope to be the first team to win back-to-back world titles since -ironically enough- said Patriots did it in Super Bowls 38 and 39.

Another legacy will be created for one of the starting quarterbacks. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady –who might be the winningest quarterback of the 21st century- has been under center for all three of his teams championships (Super Bowl’s 36, 38 and 39). He will be making his fifth start in the big game, and the future Hall of Famer is looking to add to his trophy case which already contains two Super Bowl MVP awards.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is the pure definition of the 21st century NFL quarterback. As opposed to Tom Brady’s traditional in the pocket style, Russell uses his feet, speed and athleticism to move his team down the field. While the 2012 third round draft pick is looking for his second championship ring, he’s also looking to set the new standard for quarterbacks in the game.

After all; he out-dueled Peyton Manning to win Super Bowl 48 last season, and this year he got past Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers (a quarterback similar to Brady) to win his second NFC title. The third legacy to be cemented will be the defenses for both teams.

Seattle’s “Legion Of Boom” is hoping that another championship will put them among the greatest championship defenses of all-time. They want to be held in high regard like the 1985 Chicago Bears, the 2000 Baltimore Ravens, and the Pittsburgh Steelers “Steel Curtain” defense of the 1970’s. Winning another Lombardi Trophy could put them in that group.

The once-feared Patriots defense isn’t as powerful as they once were. If they can find a way to slowdown Seattle’s high flying offense and take the victory, they can get their respect back.

The final round of legacies that will be affected are those of the coaches. Patriots coach Bill Belichick –deflate gate aside- has already proven himself as one of the greatest coaches in history. He’s just looking to secure his eventual Hall of Fame spot with another title.

Seahawks coach Pete Carrol is hoping that winning a second consecutive Super Bowl Championship (to go with his two college national championships) will prove that he is one of the elite coaches in the league. Giving the Patriots their third Super Bowl defeat in the last eight seasons could do that for him.

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