On Sunday, February 1, the Seattle Seahawks face off against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. After prevailing in two gripping playoffs, the best teams in football will come together for the most anticipated sporting event of the year. Kicking off in Glendale, Arizona, Super Bowl 49 will be a showcase of Seattle’s No. 1 defense in the NFL against the high-powered New England offense.
The Seattle Seahawks (+2) demolished the Broncos last year and came into the 2014/15 season as favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champions. In the NFC championship game, it looked like they would narrowly miss out against the Green Bay Packers but they engineered an epic comeback and won in overtime to make sure the famed Lombardi Trophy is still within their reach.
Despite two injuries on the Seattle side, their defense is easily the most dominant in the NFL. With the Legion of Boom leading the way, Seattle’s defense has surrendered fewer points than any other team throughout the season. QB Russell Wilson is only in his third year in the NFL but he’s proven himself as a big game player and if he plays as well as he did in overtime in the championship game, he’ll be taking it to another level.
The New England Patriots (-2) are looking to raise the bar again and win their fourth Super Bowl since 2005 with QB Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick. Their journey to Super Bowl XLIX was easier than the Seahawks and they displayed one of the best offenses in the NFL. They clinched the AFC championship title after blowing out the Colts 45-7.
Fifteen years into his NFL career, QB Tom Brady is still on form. He threw for 593 yards in two postseason matchups this season and he won’t be afraid of the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman. Aside from that, the Patriots have shown they’re a complete team with an unpredictable offense heading in to the Super Bowl. They’re capable of winning in a variety of ways including running the ball when they need to.
Regardless of how Seattle performs on the big day, keep in mind when making a Super Bowl bet that history may not be on their side. There hasn’t been a back-to-back Super Bowl winner for a decade and no NFC team has doubled up since the Green Bay Packers in 1996/97.
Super Bowl 49 in Arizona is a tough game to forecast and both teams can go confidently onto the field. Whether you’re experienced at placing Super Bowl bets, or just wondering how to bet on the Super Bowl for the first time, you’re in the right place. Check out our Super Bowl betting odds and Bovada Super Bowl XLIX Party Prop Sheet, and get ready for what could be one of the best Super Bowls in history.
*odds as of January 20, 2015