This Sunday’s Super Bowl is stumping Vegas. There’s a general feeling that the Seahawks have a better shot at a win – the Patriots haven’t faced a defense as strong as theirs all season – but these are both excellent teams with plenty of forward momentum coming into the championship game.
Combined, the Patriots and Seahawks are 20-3. Combined, they have allowed only three second-half touchdowns in the past 16 games. Both quarterbacks have already won a Super Bowl. Against quarterbacks who have already won a Super Bowl, Brady is 15-8, Wilson is 10-0. Strangely, both teams lost during the season to Kansas City.
The difference will come down to the performance of the quarterbacks. While their first three years as starters were very similar, Brady and Wilson are at very different points in their careers. Or, as 49ers safety Antoine Bethea says – “They’re so different.”
Tom Brady, despite his divisiveness and penchant for under-inflated footballs, is a great quarterback, proven with three Super Bowl victories. Russell Wilson earned his first ring last season. While his future looks bright, Wilson is realistically not one of the league’s top five quarterbacks. He’s young, and it shows. His game is limited. He looks good when outside of the pocket, and takes advantage of the times when he’s forced to use his legs. Brady is still more agile, mind and movement.
Yes, Brady is showing signs of slowing down – he was drafted in 2000 by the Patriots in the sixth round. Brady’s experience will be an asset on Sunday. This will be his sixth Super Bowl start, a league record. Russell Wilson was an young teenager when Brady was the Super Bowl MVP in 2002. Playing into his late 30’s, Brady has kept his head down and pushed forward to continue delivering standout performances.
Here’s looking forward to a great game – and to next season, when the 49ers will get another crack at a championship game.