Teams prepare for Super Bowl XLIX

After 17 weeks and three playoff weekends, the Super Bowl matchup has finally been set.

The Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots will meet after winning their conference championships two Sundays ago.

The Seahawks won the NFC by defeating the Green Bay Packers 28-22. Seattle needed 15 points in the final 2:09 to send the game to overtime, when Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse to win the game. The Seahawks are the defend- ing Super Bowl champions, as last year they blew out the Denver Broncos 43-8. They are attempting to become the eighth team to repeat as champions.

“I think the Seahawks will win because I don’t think the Patriots can stop Marshawn Lynch and they will shut down Brady,” sophomore Brayton Fletcher said.

The Patriots won the AFC by crushing the Indianapolis Colts 45-7. There has been a controversy about the game since 11 of the 12 footballs that the Patriots used in the first half were slightly under-inflated. They outscored the Colts 17-7 in the first half with the under-inflated balls, but they outscored them 28-0 in the second half when they had legal footballs.

This will be New England’s sixth Super Bowl appearance in 14 years, but they have not won one in 10 years. They lost in their past two Super Bowls to the New York Giants.

“I want the Patriots to win because they have lost the past couple they have been in and they deserve to win one,” senior Joaquin Corona said.

The game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Feb. 1. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. and will be broadcasted on NBC. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth will broadcast the game.

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