Super Bowl 49 is one where there are a lot of elite-level players. The Patriots boast one of the league’s best ever quarterbacks in Tom Brady, arguably the league’s best defensive backs in Darrelle Revis, and various notable players on offense and defense. For the Seahawks, there is dual-threat quarterback Russell Wilson, one of the league’s best running backs in Marshawn Lynch, and an elite defense.
There are also various players on each team, such as Pats running back LeGarrette Blount, receiver Julian Edelman, and a few players on the Seahawks that are not exactly elite, but are expected to play notable roles in the game. However, each year, there are some players who make a key play here or there that are not expected to. Here’s ten players who, in my opinion, can do just that.
Shane Vereen/Brandon Bolden
The two Patriot backup running backs could play notable roles in this game. LeGarrette Blount will get a lot of rushes, but Bolden may get a few here and there, and may bust loose at some point. Meanwhile, Vereen is known as a check-down receiver out of the backfield, and he may be a key reason why the Patriots win, or lose.
Everyone talks about the Seahawks defense, but nobody talks about KJ Wright. I expect him to do something big tonight.
Chandler Jones/Rob Ninkovich
Jones and Ninkovich might be a crazy choice here, but there’s a reason why he is: Nobody is talking about him. Everyone talks about the Seahawks defense, and for the Patriots, it’s always about the secondary. Ninkovich alway seems to make a big play in big games, and Jones has the potential to be something special. Don’t be surprised if either guy becomes an overnight superstar tonight.
Ever since he signed that five-year, $31 million contract a few years back, Danny Amendola has either disappeared, or been injured. But, he was key in the team’s 35-31 Divisional Round win over the Baltimore Ravens, catching five passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns. He barely showed up against the Colts in the AFC Championship, but he might be key for the team tonight.
Whenever Seahawks tight end Luke Wilson makes a catch, it usually fuels the Seahawks offense. If he makes a big catch tonight, the same thing might happen yet again.
Jon Ryan/Ryan Allen
Ah, punters. They are hardly ever appreciated, and they all seem expendable. However, each player can change the game, due to field position. In a game where many expect the end result to be close and tight throughout, field position may be key, and likely will determine the end result.