The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks are getting ready to fight for the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl 49 on Sunday. The fact that these two teams, in particular, are meeting this Sunday isn't too surprising -- they were both No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences. The outcome of the game, however, should be anything but predictable.
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The Seahawks and Patriots are very different teams. If we're judging solely by stats on paper, then the Seahawks are the better team. In terms of yards gained running the football during the regular season, and yards given up defending the pass and defending the run, the Seahawks hold a significant edge. Tom Brady's Patriots only hold an edge in the passing game.
That said, the Pats have sizable advantage in the passing game. Russell Wilson plays particularly well in the playoffs and is always a threat to have a huge game, but Brady has the raw passing numbers behind him -- his 7,017 postseason passing yards are the most in NFL history.
Brady and head coach Bill Belichick have already combined for three Super Bowl titles in New England, and they're going for their fourth. There's a ton of history on the line here -- Brady would join Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks with four Super Bowl rings if the Patriots are victorious.
Nobody currently with the Seahawks has a chance to make history like that, but shooting for the franchise's second Lombardi Trophy should provide plenty of motivation. They're also gunning for the first repeat Super Bowl title since the Patriots did it more than a decade ago.
The game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. It's set for a 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff and will be broadcast by NBC. Those hoping to catch the game online can do so via an official stream at NBC Sports, or they can watch on Verizon's NFL Mobile app. The live streams will include the pre-game show, the halftime performance starring Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz and the network's postgame show.
Here's all you need to know:
How to Watch
Date: Sunday, Feb. 1
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
Online Streaming: The game will stream off the NBC Sports website and on the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app for tablet and phones. No cable or satellite subscription required. The NFL Mobile app by Verizon will also host the game.
International Broadcasts: NFL Network will produce an international television feed with hosts Bob Papa and Charles Davis. In the United Kingdom, Channel 4, Sky Sports and BBC Radio 5 Live will have the game. In Mexico, fans can tune into Televisa, FOX Sports, TV Azteca and ESPN.