LIVE: After ‘DeflateGate’ and chatter, finally a Super Bowl

The early scene inside University of Phoenix Stadium for tonight’s Super Bowl.

New England players go through warmups before tonight's Super Bowl against Seattle. (AP photo)

New England players go through warmups before tonight’s Super Bowl against Seattle. (AP photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — After two weeks of drivel, welcome to an actual football game.

The last game of the season takes place tonight when New England and Seattle meet in the Super Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Patriots will be trying to win their fourth Super Bowl in the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era, but their first in 10 seasons (after winning three in four years: 2001-03-04). The Seahawks are seeking to become the first back-to-back champions since New England.

Before sharing my thoughts on this game, here’s an upset from Falcons Central. It turns out they may not need the “12’s” like the Seattle Seahawks — the nickname for their rabid fan base — because they’ve been accused of just popping in a CD. The Falcons are being investigated by the NFL for piping in fake crowd noise at home games through the Georgia Dome sound system. This might seem like not that big of a deal to you and is merely the attempts of a team’s desperate game operations department to pump life into a building. But it’s a potentially serious violation that could cause the team to be fined or lose a draft pick.

Here’s a link to my blog on the investigation. Here’s a link to D. Orlando Ledbetter’s news story.

Now, about the game.

In the week leading up to my arrival in Arizona last Sunday night, I liked Seattle to win, for all of the usual reasons: defense, Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson and their ability to pull out victories when nobody expected them to (see: NFC title win over Green Bay, which forced the Falcons to wait to hire Dan Quinn).

But I’ve changed my mind. I’m going with New England.

Let’s start with the fact that these are two great teams on the field and great organizations off of it, and I can easily come up with 25 reasons why either team will win. But:

— Brady and the Patriots tend to play at their best when the hate level is turned up. “DeflateGate,” along with “Spygate” and a reputation for rule-bending, has cast doubt on the legacies of Brady, Belichick and the Patriots in this era. But I see Brady playing well tonight — even with a full inflated ball.

— Seattle’s secondary is banged up, most notably free safety Earl Thomas (dislocated shoulder) and cornerback Richard Sherman (elbow).

— The late-season addition of LeGarrette Blount — who had been phased out and effectively quit on Pittsburgh — has strengthened the Patriots’ running game, providing needed balance for Brady.

— As good as future Falcons coach Dan Quinn’s defense is, I’m not sure theSeahawks have an answer for Patriots tight end RobGronkowski.That said, it wouldn’t surprise me if Seattle won — so there, I’m sufficiently covered.What are your thoughts on today’s game? I’ll live blog as much as I can during the game.

A writer’s dozen from the digital jukebox
— AJC: Another possible embarrassment for Falcons: Fake crowd noise
— MyAJC: There’s no confusion about pecking order on Super Bowl teams
— AJC: Dan Quinn could have final day on 53-man roster
— MyAJC: Blank speaks but remains vague on Falcons’ restructuring
— MyAJC: Tiger Woods’ problems aren’t just physical anymore
— AJC: Is it Tiger time … or is Tiger Woods’ time over?
— MyAJC: LeGarrette Blount walked out on team — and straight to Super Bowl
— AJC: Georgia’s Lockette playing for third straight Super Bowl team
— MyAJC: Dan Quinn says he’s ready for next challenge (with Falcons)
— AJC: Lynch goes into interview Beast Mode again (surprise!)
— MyAJC: Great or not, Patriots’ legacy is forever tarnished
— AJC: Seattle players say Quinn will be ‘great head coach’ for Falcons
— AJC: Brady says ‘feelings got hurt’ by accusations (really?)
— MyAJC: Hawks are closest team to rare Atlanta sports title
— AJC: Matt Ryan doesn’t believe deflating footballs is the norm
— MyAJC: Al Horford finally past injuries and frustration with Hawks
— AJC: Stall, lie, cheat — it’s the Patriots’ way, and perfectly timed
— AJC: DeflateGate: It’s time for NFL to forfeit games for cheaters
— MyAJC: Walsh-Montana still top Belichick-Brady on coach-QB mountain
— AJC: Seattle’s Super Bowl only delays Falcons’ hiring of Dan Quinn
— AJC: Oddsmaker says Braves’ win total will be ‘low 70s’ (with reader poll)
— MyAJC: Braves’ moves carry Coppolella’s fingerprints
— AJC: There goes Evan Gattis as Braves take another big hit
 

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55 comments
FootballTopFan
FootballTopFan

CONGRATULATIONS  Dan Quin  !!!

Falcons FANS want a Super Bowl contender.

Quinn  =  WIN

Mora-less-Petrino
Mora-less-Petrino

Last postseason loss for the Seahawks was to the Falcons a little over two years ago. It seems like it has been a lot more than two years! Let's hope Quinn can get the Birds back to the playoffs.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Great game.

Brady is The Man.

atlfanman
atlfanman

Hate to see anyone lose a game on stupidity. With one timeout and Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson in the backfield with that field position that had to be one of the dumbest calls in that situation in history.

GMAB
GMAB

OC should be fired tonight. One of the best running backs and one of the fastest quarterbacks in the NFL and the OC called a pass. Stupid.

SportsTopFan
SportsTopFan

FootballTopFan(c) CONGRATULATES The New England Patriots for winning Super Bowl XLIX !!!


THANKS, THANKS, THANKS to the National Football League (NFL) for a great season.

GASpider
GASpider

worst call in the history of football .......should have given it to the beast

9014EAEO
9014EAEO

Now that is why most people wanted both these teams to lose.

CLASSLESS fools on both teams. 

SportsTopFan
SportsTopFan

CONGRATULATIONS to Super Bowl XLIX CHAMPIONS   New England Patriots  !!!



9014EAEO
9014EAEO

Stupid play.

WHY not keep running the ball?

9014EAEO
9014EAEO

What freaking crazy play.

SportsTopFan
SportsTopFan

Edelman scores on Touchdown from Tom Brady..


New England Patriots 28  Seattle Seahawks 24


2:00 left in fourth quarter regulation play..

SportsTopFan
SportsTopFan

Amondola scores  on touchdown pass from Tom Brady


New England Patriots 21  Seattle Seahawks  24

SportsTopFan
SportsTopFan

Baldwin scores on touchdown pass from Russell Wilson.


New England Patriots 14  Seattle Seahawks 24

MissDaisyCook
MissDaisyCook

Which team has the greatest number of convicted felons?

9014EAEO
9014EAEO

The 3rd qtr is finally getting the game exciting. 

SportsTopFan
SportsTopFan

New England Patriots 14  Seattle Seahawks  17



FarTrain
FarTrain

Terrible halftime show !  Very underwhelming and boring !  Bruno Mars would have been the perfect choice. Mr. Excitement !

HotDawg
HotDawg

It's the NBC "Did you know" star...lol

HotDawg
HotDawg

Now it's stupid. Bring back Katy.

9014EAEO
9014EAEO

Katy Perry made it a FUN halftime show.

HotDawg
HotDawg

That girl has definitely got a nice body.

Long legs.

SportsTopFan
SportsTopFan

Great Super Bowl XLIX


The second half will determine the winner.


Belichek and Carroll will have a great chess match..

SportsTopFan
SportsTopFan

Matthews touchdown pass from Wilson


New England 14  Seattle 14



H A L F  T I M E ! ! !


HotDawg
HotDawg

Must have been in the prevent defense that prevents nothing

SportsTopFan
SportsTopFan

Rob Gronkowski scores


New England 14  Seattle 7


Halftime

SportsTopFan
SportsTopFan

Lynch Scores

New England 7   Seattle 7


2:16  left 2nd quarter ....

HotDawg
HotDawg

TD!

Brady must like the feel of his balls today.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Just beat the over/under on a prop bet with 3rd Amendola reception.

Also went over on times announcers would mention Katy Perry.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Schultz, are you going to join in your own "Live" blog?

DewieCheatem_n_Howe
DewieCheatem_n_Howe

Brady had enough time for a sandwich and beer and still threw the pick.  Too much air in the ball?

ChefTimDix
ChefTimDix

Have game sound down, playing canned Falcons crowd noise in Sensurround.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Aren't boneless wings just oversized chicken nuggets?

Enquiring minds want to know.

Go Pats

FarTrain
FarTrain

@SportsTopFan The score is tied 14-14 and you say the 2nd half will determine the winner. Brilliant observation there Einstein !

HotDawg
HotDawg

@ChefTimDix

They had to fake crowd noise. There wasn't much to cheer about this year.