By Will Bodendorfer,
As Super Bowl XLIX approaches, Davis High students of all NFL team affiliations make their Super Bowl predictions. Despite being significantly closer to Seattle, the majority of DHS football fans are rooting for the New England Patriots to win it all.
New England, led by veteran quarterback Tom Brady, comes into the game off of a 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts that included a great deal of controversy over the deflation of their footballs. The Patriots and their coach Bill Belichick will look to overcome the distractions and win their fourth Super Bowl, and first in more than ten years.
In the other corner are the Seattle Seahawks, who needed a late fourth quarter comeback to beat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game two weeks ago. The Seahawks are led by running back Marshawn Lynch and captivating cornerback Richard Sherman, and will try to become only the eighth team to win back to back Super Bowls, after beating the Denver Broncos last year 43-8.
Of the 45 DHS students surveyed, 60 percent predicted the Patriots to win, while only 40 percent chose the Seattle Seahawks.
Junior Elsa Iverson, who considers herself a die-hard Patriots fan, believes her team will coast to an easy victory.
“I think Tom Brady is going to lead [the Patriots] to a quick start, and have a big game with three touchdown passes. [Russell] Wilson is going to get flustered and throw two picks. […] Also, Julian Edelman’s butt will look on point as usual,” Iverson said.
Although it may be expected for a New England fan to pick her own team to win, even fans of other NFL teams are predicting a Patriots victory, like junior Mitchell Williams.
“I don’t really like the Patriots, but I think they are going to win pretty handily. It’ll probably be close early but I think they’ll pull away and win 28-10. Tom Brady is going to throw for 350 yards and just attack Richard Sherman every play,” Williams said.
Despite being outnumbered, Seahawks fan and sophomore Ben Bergevin is still confident that his team will come out victorious.
“I’m from Washington so I have to root for my home team […] I think it’ll be a high scoring and exciting game, not like last year. My prediction is that Seattle wins 33-30 with Marshawn Lynch running for over 200 yards,” Bergevin said.