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Super Bowl XLIX predictions: New England Patriots vs Seattle Seahawks

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Super Bowl LXIX is fast approaching with the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots in Arizona for the big event this weekend.

There's hardly anything between the two teams - bookmakers have the Patriots one point favourites over the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks but it's basically a toss-up.

Having said that, it was similar last year, before the Seahawks' 'Legion of Boom' went on to dismantle the historic Denver Broncos offense in one of the most one-sided Super Bowls of all-time.

So, looking for a little clarity, we've gone to our GiveMeSport US edition writers for their predictions ahead of the big game.

Here's what they've got to say ahead of Sunday's Patriots-Seahawks match-up in Glendale, Arizona…

US edition editor - Patrick Surlis

It's going to be defense, defense, defense. The Legion of Boom needs to take away Rob Gronkowski - do that and they'll give Russell Wilson a superb opportunity to win his second Super Bowl in as many years.

The Patriots attack is a well balanced unit, but LeGarrette Blount is a big-bodied, one pace runner that the Seahawks can bottle up.

If they pressure Brady, I can't see the Pats offense getting much going at all - Sherman, Kam and Earl will be all over Edelman and LaFell.

As for the Patriots, their run defence has allowed just two rushing touchdowns in the last nine games, their route to victory goes through Vince Wilfork and the D-Line shutting down Marshawn Lynch.

Ultimately, I'm backing Lynch and the Legion of Boom in this close, low-scoring affair.

New England Patriots 17-24 Seattle Seahawks

US edition staff writer - Alex Johnson

Just like last year, an exceptional offense led by a future Hall of Fame quarterback takes on the NFL's best defense. This time, offense wins.

I just can't look past the Patriots this year. They were an unstoppable machine against the Colts last week and I can't see the Seahawks fairing much better.

Seattle may have Marshawn Lynch but New England have their own beast running back in LeGarrette Blount who I feel could do damage against the Seahawks D-Line.

The run game sets up the pass and Tom Brady is one of the best, deflate-gate or not. Add Rob Gronkowski and Bill Belichick's playbook and I'm picking the Patriots to win a fourth Super Bowl.

New England Patriots 27-20 Seattle Seahawks

US edition staff writer - Alastair Davidson

In a game that will bill the Patriots' high scoring offense vs the notoriously water tight defense of the Seahawks, something has to give.

With the Patriots under intense scrutiny in the run up to the game as deflate-gate dominates headlines you would think this gives Seattle the advantage - but Bill Belichick and co are not your average organization. It wouldn't surprise me to see them galvanized by the controversy come Super Bowl time.

Patriots to sneak it with a Tom Brady-inspired fourth quarter comeback after Seattle pound the ball on the ground to take an early lead.

New England Patriots 24-20 Seattle Seahawks

US edition staff writer - Paul Clarke 

The Seahawks won't find another miracle in back to back games after miraculously making it to the Super Bowl for the second straight season.

It took a fake-field goal for a touchdown and a unbelievable onside kick to drag them through their NFC Championship Game win over Green Bay.

But on Sunday, the Patriots will stand up Marshawn Lynch in the running game and Russell Wilson's turnovers will cost the Seahawks big time.

Rob Gronkowski will take center stage and come up with the two huge touchdowns that change the course of the game and lead the Pats to victory.

New England Patriots 24-10 Seattle Seahawks

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