The Patriots seek their fourth championship in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era. Seattle is after a second straight crown, the first team to manage that in a decade. Guess who did it most recently?
Yep, New England.
Of course, the Patriots (14-4) also lost their past two trips to the big game, both to the Giants.
Styles make for great fights, too, and this is a classic matchup: potent offense for the Patriots, stingy defense for Seattle (14-4).
In many of those, the defensive team winds up the winner, as happened last year when the Seahawks manhandled Peyton Manning and the Broncos. They'll need to be just as efficient this time against Brady.
In 2014, Seattle got off to such a quick start — a safety on the first offensive snap for Denver — that the Super Bowl never really was close. With New England's ability to rally, including from a pair of 14-point deficits against Baltimore in the divisional round, the Seahawks recognize they can never relax.
Nor can the Patriots, knowing very well that Seattle's recent achievements make it as formidable as any opponent could be.