Super Bowl 49 is now set. Following Conference Championship Sunday, the New England Patriots will face the Seattle Seahawks for the right to be called champions of the football world.
Seattle is back in the Super Bowl for the second year in a row, though you'd have never thought it would happen during the first 58 minutes of the NFC Championship. The Green Bay Packers were in control for much of the game, leading by as many as 16 in the second half.
Even though Seattle was able to cut the lead down to one score, Green Bay still held a 22-19 lead with just over two minute left and needing only to recover an onside kick to run out the clock. However, Seahawks journeyman Chris Matthews recovered the onside kick, and Seattle later scored the go-ahead TD before the Packers drove the field for the game-tying field goal to send the game into overtime.
From there, Seattle marched down the field before Russell Wilson threw the game-winning score to Jermaine Kearse, another undrafted receiver who's taken the hard path to the NFL. Seattle now has the chance to win the Super Bowl in back-to-back season.
It's only fair they'll have to defeat the Patriots to do so. New England is after all the last team to make it to consecutive Super Bowls, which solidified their dynasty in the 2000s. Seattle is the first team that has a real opportunity to establish a true dynasty since then, and they'll be well on their way to doing so if they can beat Tom Brady and the Patriots.
New England is back in the Super bowl after annihilating the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship. It was total domination in all three phases of the game, and the 45-7 beatdown was arguably New England's best game all year.
How to Watch Super Bowl XLIX
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona
When: Sunday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Who: Seahawks vs. Patriots
Listen: NFL Audio Pass
Online Steam: NBC Sports Extra
National Anthem: Idina Menzel with John Legend singing "America The Beautiful."
Halftime show: Pop-star Katy Perry