By the time kick-off of Super Bowl XLIX, the game will have been dissected in every way imaginable. What are the best matchups? Which quarterback will play better? Who has the better coach? Which team will force the most turnovers? All of these questions, and more, have been asked.
But the team that will win the Super Bowl will probably be the one that is the most disciplined. Playing disciplined football is something members of both the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks stressed during the week leading up to the game.
"You have to be disciplined," Seattle safety Kam Chancellor said. "You have to study film, you have to practice hard. I believe everything is in the preparation. You have to practice hard, practice with speed and be efficient."
Sunday marks the second straight year that the top seeds are playing in the Super Bowl. Seattle rolled past Denver last year with a 43-8 demolition of the Broncos to claim the franchise's first-ever Super Bowl title. Should the Seahawks win Sunday, they'll be the first repeat champions since the Patriots won consecutive titles in 2003 and 2004.
New England coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels have used various formations to confuse opposing defences. An odd formation utilising a tackle eligible and an ineligible receiver led to a touchdown in the AFC championship game.
"The Colts got fooled on that play," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Thursday. "It got confusing and they miscovered the guy. We don"t want that to happen if we can help it."
The Seahawks will try not to get fooled on trick plays and the Patriots must remain disciplined when defending Seattle's read-option offense. While Seattle's offensive focus is running back Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson knows when it is time to run the ball himself.
"I"m honestly trying to give the ball to Marshawn Lynch 99 per cent of the time. That one per cent I"ll take if it"s just wide open for me," said Wilson, who ran for 849 yards and six scores and threw for 3,475 and 20 touchdowns this season.
"Wilson scrambles a lot, which is very tough on the defence itself," New England cornerback Darrelle Revis said. "It breaks the defence down. Russell does a great job at breaking the defence down with his legs. Scrambling and extending plays. In the secondary we just have to plaster when he does scramble and keep our eyes on our man."
Lynch ran for 157 yards and a score in the NFC championship game and his 815 career post-season rushing yards are the most in the Seahawks' history. He ran for 1,306 yards and 13 scores during the regular season and his 6,039 yards and 55 rushing touchdowns are the most in the NFL since 2011.
A win for New England would tie Tom Brady with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks to win four Super Bowls.
"There are 32 teams that started and now there are two remaining," Brady said. "We're trying to be the one that finishes off the season the way you want to, the way we wanted to from the start of the year."