The Patriots and Seahawks duke it out for the Lombardi Trophy on everybody's favorite day of the year, Puppy Bowl Sunday. (AP Photo/Animal Planet, Keith Barraclough)

Welcome to Super Bowl XLIX. The Patriots and Seahawks are ready to fight for the Championship in Arizona. Everything has come down to this one game, both for these two franchises and our panel of experts. With odds makers not making either team favored, it’s pretty much a pick the winner scenario. That caused a split in our panel in choosing whether the unstoppable force in New England’s offense or the immovable object in Seattle’s defense will emerge victorious.

There’s also a disagreement as to how high-scoring the game will be, though the passing attack is thought to give way somewhat with Marshawn Lynch and LeGarrette Blount giving an explosive element on the ground. And for the Super Bowl, in such a quarterback driven league, only one pick set has a quarterback as the game’s MVP.

Scoring will be largely as before, with the addition of choosing the game’s MVP. Furthermore, ALL POINTS WILL BE DOUBLED! In addition, in the event of a tie, we’ll also be guessing the length of the game’s longest drive, in minutes and seconds.

  • Successfully picking the winner of each game is worth four points.
  • Picking the total number of touchdowns scored by both teams COMBINED in each game is worth two points if guessed to within one, or four points if guessed exactly right.
  • Picking the MVP of the game is worth two points.
  • Picking the total number of yards thrown in each game by WHICHEVER quarterback throws the most is worth two points if guessed to within 50, or four points if guessed to within 10, or ten points if guessed exactly right.
  • Guessing the length of the game’s longest drive, IN MINUTES AND SECONDS, is for tiebreaking purposes only.

So with that out of the way, pick sets are below. And be sure to come back post-game for the final results. Continue reading 2014-2015 NFL Expert Picks: Super Bowl »

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Super Bowl XLIX fever has struck as New England and the rest of the country counts down to 6:30 kickoff between the Seahawks and Patriots. (Boston.com)

It’s here. It’s finally here.

After two long weeks, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are finally set to kickoff later today for the Vince Lombardi trophy.

But the long awaited arrival of Super Bowl XLIX has brought something else along with it: an outbreak of Super Bowl fever throughout New England.

Super Bowl fever is believed to be an airborne disease that originated in the bathrooms at Gillette Stadium. It can spread rapidly, with some reported cases taking as little as 90 seconds to show symptoms. If you or one of your loved ones lives in or has ties to this area, be on the lookout for any of the following symptoms:

Continue reading Super Bowl XLIX Fever Strikes as Patriots and Seahawks Kickoff Approaches »

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The man who caught the game-winning pass in the NFC Championship’s overtime is the one that could cause the Patriots major problems if they do not find a way to match up with him. He saves his best games for the biggest moments, catching both the go-ahead touchdown in the 2013 NFC Championship game and the game-winner against Green Bay in the 2014 NFC Championship game two weeks ago. He had a very good performance in the Super Bowl last year and was the best receiver on the field in the Divisional Round this year. The man is Jermaine Kearse and what he brings to the table is a difficult skill set and a taste for the biggest moments in the sport. Continue reading Stopping Jermaine Kearse Key for Patriots Defense »

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When asked about his time with New England this week, Darrelle Revis sounded like a player who was in the right place at the right time.

“It’s pretty awesome,” said Revis on Tuesday when asked what it is like to be playing in his first career Super Bowl. He also called Tom Brady “one of the best players ever” and spoke highly of his time in New England.

Revis, 29, signed a one-year deal with a second-year option in March after being cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 2014 payout for Revis has been $12 million plus a Super Bowl trip. Things will become interesting after the Super Bowl as the team will be presented with three options: pick up Revis’ $20 million option, negotiate a long-term deal, or cut him. Continue reading Relishing Time with New England, Darrelle Revis Talks Contract »

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A mere three months ago, LeGarrette Blount was toiling away on the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a running back without any playing time and without much hope for future snaps. His frustration culminated with him walking off the field early during a Monday night victory against the Tennessee Titans. The Steelers promptly released him the following day. After he cleared waivers, he was signed to a two year contract by New England. Now, he is on the precipice of the Super Bowl and if the Patriots are to win, he will be one of the reasons why.

The Seahawks defense is dominant, even historic. Their resume speaks volumes. Continue reading Blount’s Shoulders Will Carry Large Part of Patriots Super Bowl Hopes »

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Wednesday’s Super Bowl Preview Submission

1. Common Themes in Patriot’s Three losses (Buffalo game doesn’t count) – Miami, KC and Green Bay respectively:

* Patriots 3rd down Conversion – 29% / 22% / 48%
* Opponents 3rd Down Conversion – 53% / 58% / 58%
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* Patriots Rushing plays: 20 / 16 /18
* Opponents Rushing plays: 38 / 38 / 29
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* Patriots Rushing Yards: 89 / 75 / 84
* Opponents Rushing Yards: 191 / 207 / 130
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* Gronk’s Average game in three losses: 4 receptions / 56 yards (1 TD total) Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: How to Beat Seahawks »

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Seahawk and Seattle Stuff

* Seahawks tested positive for PED’s – Richard Sherman, Walter Thurmond, Brandon Brower, Bruce Irvin, Winston Guy, John Moffitt, Allen Barbre

* Seattle Murder rate in 2014 – 26 / Boston Murder rate – 52

* Seattle population – 652,204 /// Boston population 645,966

* Famous people born in Seattle – Jimmi Hendrix, Bill Gates, Adam “Pow” West, Paul Allen, Kenny G. Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Seattle Stuff »

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