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It’s a rare sight – the AFC’s No. 1 against the NFC’s No. 1 in the Super Bowl. It’s happened just three times in the last 15 years, all since 2009. It’s rarer yet that the Super Bowl pits two top seeds which, at their own unique point in the regular season, each looked destined for a tumble.
For the Seattle Seahawks, the defending champions and winners of three of their first four, the crisis came later, solved in part by trading away a superstar and rallying the ones that were left. But for their Super Sunday opponent, the New England Patriots, the trouble came early – Week 4 to be exact.
It was a Monday night in Kansas City where panic about New England reached a fever pitch. It honestly didn’t even that long into the game for the panic to reach full-on uproar status. Quarterback Tom Brady was pummeled behind a patchwork offensive line as the Chiefs ran over New England’s highly thought-of defense en route to a 41-14 whooping. The questions surged on social media and in columns and hot takes across the interwebs. Was Brady finally human? Were the Patriots in serious trouble? What about this vaunted defense, boosted by Darrelle Revis in the secondary and featuring high draft picks Dont’a Hightower, Chandler Jones and Jerod Mayo up front?
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