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Defending champion Seahawks seek to repeat

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By Bryce Bobeldyke – Collegiate Staff

The Seattle Seahawks return to the Super Bowl coming back from a 16-0 halftime deficit to the Green Bay Packers in a legendary NFC Championship game in Seattle on Jan. 18.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson scored on a 1-yard run with 2:09 remaining to bring the Seahawks to within five points.

Seattle attempted and recovered the onside kick, where with 1:25 remaining Marshawn Lynch was able to score from 25 yards out. Seattle went for the 2-point conversion, with the pass to Luke Willson, getting the two points, and a three-point lead.

Green Bay was able to drive down and get a Mason Crosby field goal to tie it with 14 seconds left.

Seattle won the toss in overtime, electing to receive, and clinched its Super Bowl berth with a Jermaine Kearse 35-yard touchdown catch 3:19 into the overtime.

Although Seattle now has two consecutive Super Bowl appearances, they have to be sure that their confidence level doesn’t get too high going up against Tom Brady and the Patriots. At 37 years old, Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

New England has won three Super Bowls with Brady under center, while Seattle has one since Russell Wilson has assumed the role of quarterback.

Wilson will need to improve his performance from last Sunday. He went 14 of 29 for 209 yards passing against the Packers, but had four interceptions and only one touchdown. As far as Marshawn Lynch’s performance goes, he can just keep on doing his thing. Lynch carried the ball 25 times for 157 yards and one score against Green Bay.

Both teams’ offenses have a number of weapons. Wilson is extremely mobile and keeps the defense guessing. Lynch backs him up on the ground, punishing the defense with a blend of power and agility.

Seattle’s No. 1 ranked scoring defense will have its hands full with New England’s fourth ranked scoring offense. Kam Chancellor, a 6-foot-3 232-pound strong safety will have a lot of ground to cover when New England spreads the defense out. Chancellor is great in coverage, but even better at defending the run.

Richard Sherman was quieter after this season’s NFC title game. Sherman is well known for his outburst directed at Michael Crabtree. The 6’3” cornerback out of Stanford will be tasked with the job of defending Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, two smaller, but deceptively quick and fast receivers.