Nevermind the respective performances of the participants in Super Bowl XLIX; the Seahawks, fresh off one of the most improbable comeback wins in playoff history, open as a one-point favorite over the AFC Champion Patriots, who were barely challenged in a 45-7 win over Indianapolis.
The NFC Champion Seahawks will have the home jerseys in Super Bowl XLIX, played Feb. 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. They'll take on the Patriots, who tied the Steelers with the franchise's eighth conference championship after a big win over the Colts in the AFC title game.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman appeared to have injured his arm during Seattle's win over the Packers, has said he'll be 100 percent by game time, and he'll play.
The last time these teams played was in 2012 when the Seahawks scored a 24-23 upset over the visiting Patriots. Sherman, a rookie at the time, followed Patriots quarterback Tom Brady off the field, barking at him the whole way, coining the phrase "you mad, bro?"
That's likely to be a storyline this week. And next week.