I would have made a different prediction after the Conference Championship games two weeks ago, but after two weeks of suffering through the most desultory Super Bowl build-up in history thanks to "Deflategate," I can't imagine that the Patriots will be able to overcome the distraction from the ridiculous "scandal."
How's that for an analytical basis for a prediction?
I'm no fan of the Seahawks, and frankly I just hope it's a good game (unlike last year). In the end I think the Seahawks will be energized by their miraculous escape against Green Bay, and I think the Patriots will have lost their edge after two solid weeks of dealing with stories and jokes about properly inflated balls.
Therefore...drum roll please...
Seattle 34, New England 24.