While many Super Bowl rematches end up disappointing, the Seattle Seahawks 31 -2 4 win over the New England Patriots objective up being riveting, but will it help the NFLs sluggish ratings?
You will never get Roger Goodell to admit it but the NFL had a lot riding on the latest edition of Sunday Night Football. After weeks of disappointing ratings and mostly dreadful games, they couldnt genuinely affords the Super Bowl XLIX rematch between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, their first post-election showcase game, to be a bust.
On paper, you wouldnt think they would have to worry. After all, it wasnt just a Super Bowl rematch, it was also potentially a Super Bowl preview. This was a battle between evenly matched teams that have designs on deep playoff operates: the Patriots came into the game with the best record in the AFC while the Seahawks are behind merely the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC. It featured a great quarterback battle with Tom Brady and Russell Wilson, two of the best coach-and-fours in the league in Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll and even a healthy Rob Gronkowski.
Heres the thing about heavily hyped games, the ones that look like they should be instant classics: they nearly always disappoint. Our expectations are nearly always too high and sports are inherently volatile and unpredictable. This particular matchup had an additional level of difficulty. The last day we ensure the Patriots play the Seahawks they gave us one of the best Super Bowls of all time. The image of Malcolm Butlers game-clinching objective zone interception is still fresh in everybodys minds. Theres no way to top that.
Sundays game wont be remembered as among the greatest of all time , nor even of the day that distinction likely belongs to the Dallas Cowboys utterly bananas win over the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier in the afternoon( see below ). It was, however, exactly the kind of game that the NFL hoped it would be: a suspense-filled, competitive contest that featured seven lead changes. There were spectacular catches, questionable coaching decisions and a few flat-out screw-ups, including a rare Brady interception.
And once again it came down to the final play of the game. After going to go 31 -2 4 on a Doug Baldwin touchdown, the Seahawks aimed to make it a two-score game by trying for a two phase conversion. When Seattle failed in their attempt, the Patriots had more than enough time on the clock to march down the field with the hope of scoring a game-tying touchdown.
And the Patriots came very, very close to doing so. This time around it was the Seahawks , not the Patriots, making a goal-line stand at the end. The Patriots were able to get inside the two yard line but could not punch the ball in. At one point of accidental symbolism, the ball slid out of Bradys hands.
The Seahawks stand had a slightly less dramatic finish than the Patriots. Instead of Butler picking off a ball in the end zone, this game ended with Brady flinging a failed fourth down pass attempt to Gronkowski and New England waiting for a pass interference call that never came. The Seahawks won 31 -2 4 while dishing out at the least a small amount of revenge.
So, Patriots-Seahawks more than lived up to expectations on the field, but will it help improve the NFLs( comparatively) stagnant ratings? If it doesnt, its worth asking what exactly would.
Quote of the week
To me, it didnt really matter who went in there. The system still remains intact that oppresses people of color. Colin Kaepernick on why he did not election in this years election
After triggering controversy with one group for his national anthem protests, Colin Kaepernick has now disappointed a new group of people by disclosing didnt vote in this years election. Even some of his defenders believe that this decision undermines his newfound activism.
If this last week has rattled Kaepernick at all, its not showing up in his on-fie ;d performance. On Sunday he had his best game in over a year as he led the San Francisco 49 ers to a spirited comeback try capped off by a late game-tying touchdown. Unfortunately it didnt matter, as the Arizona Cardinals ended up winning in overtime, 23 -2 0.
Video( s) of the week
Ben Roethlisberger dedicated the Pittsburgh Steelers the leading thanks to this fake-spike that led to a touchdown pass to Antonio Brown, dedicating them a 30 -2 9 result over over the Dallas Cowboys.