Super Bowl XLIX: 5 keys to victory for Seattle Seahawks

Having overcome a slow start to the season, the Seahawks are now in a position to win their second Super Bowl in as many years. The last team to do it? Only their opponents on Sunday, the New England Patriots, who accomplished the feat back in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Here are the five keys to success for Russell Wilson's defending champions.

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Super Bowl XLIX: 5 keys to victory for Seattle Seahawks

5) Don’t fall behind 16-0

Just because it worked once, doesn’t mean the Seahawks should make this into a habit.

The defense came up HUGE in short-field situations, otherwise the score could have been a lot worse. Green Bay started their first six possessions from the GB 20, SEA 19, SEA 23, GB 44, SEA 33 and SEA 44 and somehow only had 16 points to show for it.

The good news is, every player on the offense not named Marshawn Lynch just got the worst game they will ever play out of their system and we should never have to watch offensive football that bad again.

Russell and company should be ready to go by February 8th.

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4) Feed the Beast, 25+ touches and 100+ yards

New England has the 9th best run defense in the NFL this year. But in their four losses to Miami, Kansas City, Buffalo and Green Bay, the Pats gave up 158 yards per game on the ground, compared to just 89.7 yards per game allowed in their 14 wins.

From Seattle’s perspective, in their 14 wins, Marshawn averages 114.3 yards from scrimmage compared to just 80.25 in their four losses.

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3) Hide yo playbook, hide yo footballs, hide yo practices

That’s a guilty face if I’ve ever seen one.

This might seem silly, but I’m serious. Bill Belichick has proven to everyone in the NFL that he will do ANYTHING to gain a competitive advantage. And he will keep doing it until the NFL gives him more than a slap on the wrist.

You may say that losing a first round pick in the 2008 Draft was more than a slap on the wrist, but a dynasty like New England was hardly affected.

Pete Carroll needs to take every precaution to make sure we don’t end up with “insert subject here” gate.

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2) Sack Tom Brady 3+ times

In New England’s four losses, they have given up an average of three sacks per game, compared to just 1.2 sacks allowed in 14 wins.

Also, Brady has been sacked just three times in his three Super Bowl wins, and seven times in his two Super Bowl losses.

For Seattle, the current eight-game winning-streak unsurprisingly correlates with the pass-rush picking up. In the first 10 games of the season they managed only 1.3 sacks per game, while they have brought down opposing quarterbacks 3.4 times per game in the past eight.

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1) Play Seahawk football

Doug Baldwin said it best. “We did what we do. We played Seahawk football. And now, we’ll see y’all at the Super Bowl.”

Seattle needs to find their balance on offense that starts with Marshawn Lynch and ends with Russell Wilson.

They need Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett and Bruce Irvin to make Brady uncomfortable, and the L.O.B. to wipe Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman right off the Patriots game plan.

They need to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball (with the exception of pass-protection, I think we have to concede that one just about every game).

They need to stay focused and play 60 complete minutes of football in all three phases a-la Super Bowl XLVIII. They need to play with enthusiasm that inspires each other. And most of all, they need to remember what got them here in a season where it didn’t look like this was possible.

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