Top 10 Interesting Storylines Heading Into Super Bowl XLIX

Every year, it’s every football fan's hope: an entertaining Super Bowl. We all want nothing more than to watch an exciting, if not a well executed, game unfold across some four hours on a Sunday Night to bring the NFL season to a close. Well, most fans just want their team to win, but if that can’t happen, then we want an exciting game.

It stands to reason that this year should be close if not utterly compelling. It’s been uncommon over the last 15 years to have back-to-back uneventful Super Bowls. While Seattle fans surely loved last year’s romp of the Broncos, the game was over quickly, without much fanfare. The years before, however, saw great battles between the Giants and Patriots, a Harbaugh Bowl that involved an impressive comeback and a power outage, and a pair of Steelers appearances that made for dramatic finishes.

So hopefully this year, with two proven teams possessing talent and championship experience,  we should have a game that comes down to the very end; although it will be hard to top the NFC Championship game. Perhaps a game-winning drive is in store, orchestrated by either of the two quarterbacks who are no stranger to grasping victory on the final drive.

With the Patriots taking on the Seahawks, we have no shortage of storylines, from the present to the historic, from individual matchups to all-time legacies. We have a great offense against a great defense, with the public and the professionals more or less divided as to what the outcome will be. As we are less than a week away, it’s time to revel in the great stories that this game has presented, including a recent one that made its way high on the list.

Ahead of the final game of the year, here are most intriguing storylines from Super Bowl XLIX.

10 Pete Carroll Against His Old Team


9 Battle of Number Ones

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

8 Overtime This Time?

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

7 The Two Most Hated Teams?

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

6 Trick Plays

Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

5 The Sherman-Brady Beef


4 Marshawn Lynch

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

3 Opposing Offensive Approaches

Wilsbn: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports / Brady: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

2 The Brady-Belichick Legacy

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1 DeflateGate

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Of course. As of this writing, the NFL is still investigating who knew what and when, and it looks like there will be no punishment for Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, or the Patriots for the Super Bowl. Surely something will come after, but it seems like they will play in the big game unscathed. Or perhaps all this has been a distraction? Or conversely, maybe all this has been fuel to prove they can win and win big, whether or not they cheat. Should they win, will the game be protested? Or marked with an asterisk? This is such a strange story that former and current players, that analysts and the public, seem so deeply divided and on such extremes. Some say the Pats shouldn’t play in the Super Bowl, others say this is no big deal and everyone does it. For those who like stories and chaos, this is wonderful. The league may not want this around, but it will sure help make this game all the more memorable, and it won’t stop until kickoff, if that.

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Top 10 Interesting Storylines Heading Into Super Bowl XLIX