Russell Wilson, Beast Mode and the Seattle Seahawks are aiming to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champions since the Patriots did it a decade ago. Standing in their way are Tom Brady, Gronk and the aforementioned New England Patriots. The game kicks off on Sunday February 1st, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale Arizona for Super Bowl 49.
If you aren’t all that hot and bothered on betting the Super Bowl as a pick’em, then consider betting on the first half where the Patriots are favored by a half point in the first half.
A Closer Look At The 1st Half Super Bowl Odds, My 1st Half Betting Pick & TV/Live Streaming Info
Super Bowl XLIX
New England Patriots vs Seattle Seahawks
Date: Feb 1st, 2015
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Location: Glendale, Arizona
Stadium: U of Phoenix Stadium
Point Spread: Pick ‘Em
Game Total: 47.5
Click here for Live Super Bowl XLIX Odds
Play by Play: Al Michaels
Color Commentary: Cris Collinsworth
Sideline: Michele Tafoya
Pregame Hosts: Bob Costas & Dan Patrick
Halftime Analysts: Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison & Hines Ward
Vince Lombardy Trophy Presenter: Dan Patrick
The New England Patriots, for most of this season, haven’t been a great first half team. The Patriots do okay, they stay close, but they usually make their move in the second half of games. For example, versus Miami on December, the Pats were ahead by a single point at halftime, 14 to 13. They came out in the second half and pummeled the Dolphins, beating Miami 41 to 13.
Versus Baltimore in the Divisional Playoff Round, New England was down 21 to 14 at halftime. They came out of the half and beat Baltimore just enough in the second half for a 35 to 31 win. Versus Indianapolis in the AFC Championship Game, New England was up by only 10, 17 to 7 at halftime. They ended up beating the Colts 45 to 7.
— SUPER BOWL on NBC (@SNFonNBC) January 20, 2015
But as bad as New England usually is in the first half of games, Seattle has often times been worse. The Seahawks usually don’t get things going until the second half. The main reason for this is because Marshawn Lynch doesn’t turn into Beast Mode until the second half. Lynch gets better as the game goes along. He’s running his hardest and fastest in the fourth quarter. That’s why even though Seattle went into half time of their second game with St. Louis with 0 points on the board, the Seahawks ended up winning the game 20 to 6.
That’s why even though Seattle was down by 16 to Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game, they ended up beating the Packers in overtime and marching to their second straight Super Bowl. Beast Mode scored a touchdown in the second half versus Green Bay and ended up with 157 yards rushing.
As a Seahawks fan, it doesn’t worry me to pick New England to win the first half. Why? Because I know that Seattle is going to win the second half once Marshawn starts taking over the game and the team that wins the second half is likely to win the Super Bowl.