Improbable rally gives Seattle edge in Super Bowl: Marino

Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:49pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino said on Wednesday that the Seattle Seahawks' improbable comeback over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game gives the defending champions an edge in the Super Bowl.

Marino predicts a tough game between Seattle and the New England Patriots in the Feb. 1 Super Bowl but says the former will be flying high after erasing a 12-point deficit with less than four minutes to play en route to a 28-22 overtime win.

"They had their backs to the wall and got through that," Marino told Reuters on Wednesday. "Mentally (that) will be an advantage for them."

The elation of the unlikely comeback and a ferocious defense keyed by an imposing secondary known as the "Legion of Boom" also weigh in Seattle's favor, said Marino, who was promoting the Nutrisystem diet program.

"Seattle, that's who I probably will be picking."

The quarterbacks have contrasting styles.

"(New England's) Tom Brady is a guy that's going to stand in the pocket, make all the throws, make the calls at the line of scrimmage, and is just an incredible competitor. He's a great leader," said Marino.

"(Seattle's) Russell Wilson proved last year that he's a great leader, taking his team to the Super Bowl.   Continued...

January 18, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) celebrates with wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) and wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the second half in the NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports