2023 NFL Playoff predictions: Do Seahawks have any more magic?
Super Bowl LVII: Bills vs 49ers
In Glendale, Arizona for the world championship, we have two #2 seeds, and arguably the most impressive teams we’ve seen all season. Fans that grew up in the ’80s and ’90s are going to love watching all the flashbacks to Joe Montana, Jim Kelly, Jerry Rice, and Thurman Thomas.
This super bowl will be filled with plenty of storylines, but I see two biggest ones that are fascinating. First, is Brock Purdy the next Tom Brady with a win? The 49ers are absolutely loaded and appear set to be favorites next season too before free agency starts to break this core up, but Purdy has been unbelievable as their quarterback. If San Francisco is in this position, then that means Purdy is still undefeated and is a win away from rarified air. It could be a flash in the pan, but there’s plenty of reason to believe this could be the start of something truly special for Purdy and the 49ers.
I don’t think I need to explain myself too much with Buffalo. Four straight years they went to the super bowl, four straight years they left in defeat and despair. Their franchise crumbled after those legends retired or moved on, only to return in the past three seasons with this year finally being the year. A chance to finally break through, win a championship for that great football city, and win for Damar Hamlin is an incredible storyline.
Alright, let’s get to this game. It’s Kyle Shanahan coaching, so his squad will be ready to play and will definitely have a 10-point lead in the second half. As the game wears on though, Buffalo’s defense begins to force Purdy to make plays rather than just facilitate and it leads to 3 second half turnovers. Josh Allen, who will have a rough 1st half, uses his legs to kickstart the Bills’ offense, scoring two rushing touchdowns to get Buffalo even and force overtime.
In overtime, and in range for a field goal on the first possession, Purdy makes a mistake going for the win in the end zone and throws that fateful 3rd turnover. Buffalo makes the 49ers pay, marching down the field against a worn-out defense and kicking a chip shot field goal to win the super bowl in the game’s second overtime ever.
Prediction: BUF over SF 34-31
MVP: Josh Allen
Hopefully, within the next few seasons, the Seahawks will be in this position. If the Seahawks continue to nail the draft like they did last year and make the right choices at the key positions, I believe the Seahawks are not too far off. Enjoy the playoffs and Go Hawks!