Everything you need to know about Super Bowl XLIX: American Football Explained by an American

qmunicate’s resident American is here to explain everything you need to know about football before Super Bowl XLIX

It’s rugby with more rules, more padding, and more complaining from skinny quarterbacks.

There are endless coaches and play coordinators on the sidelines, making a team that appears to be relatively compact actually just the tip of a very muscular and testosterone-driven iceberg.

After the regular NFL season, teams in different areas of the country play each other to determine who is in the final championship game: the Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl has always been an iconic American spectacle. Fast food chains push advertisements and food combo deals specifically for the hoards of jersey-clad customers looking to eat many meals worth of snacks over the four-hour period of play.

Plan to watch on February 1st? Here are some things to look out for:

  1. Seattle Seahawks: reigning Super Bowl champions. Their defense is ranked 1st in the NFL and they are packed with some dynamite players.
  2. Marshawn Lynch: the star running back for the Seattle Seahawks, and perhaps one of the most talked about players in the matchup.  After scoring a touchdown during the NFC Championship game, Lynch made an obscene celebratory gesture that didn’t go over well with the league. He was given a slap on the wrist worth $20,000 along with a warning that if any obscene celebrations happen at the Super Bowl, the Seahawks will be penalised during play.
  3. Russell Wilson: the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks who led the team to victory at the Super Bowl last year.
  4. DeflateGate: the New England Patriots have a defense almost as impressive as the Seahawks, ranked at #13 in the league. But the media is frenzied over recent reports confirming the team played with numerous deflated footballs during the playoffs. We don’t need to spell out the jokes being fired at the team for their “unfair ball management.”
  5. Tom Brady: the quarterback for the New England Patriots, often dubbed the pretty boy of the NFL. However, Brady does have the skills to match his good looks. This season he is poised with an impressive 94.7 passer rating (the highest rating a QB can achieve is a 158.3).

This year’s Super Bowl is shaping up to be a delicious combination of the best-of-the-best in American football mixed with the media’s relentless chatter stirring the pot. It’s an event that is unquestionably entertaining whether you’re watching it for the enjoyment of the game, or to follow the juicy controversy to its end.

Statistics courtesy of espn.go.com and bleacherreport.com

[Michelle Rosinski]

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