Star-Telegram staff Super Bowl picks

Gil LeBreton: Patriots 31, Seahawks 14. Brady, Patriots will make it a mission to see owner Kraft hoist the Lombardi Trophy. If New England’s defense can limit Lynch’s rushing, it won’t be close.

Charean Williams: Patriots 24, Seahawks 20. They will have to take some air out of the football on top of the Lombardi Trophy when it’s handed over to the Patriots.

Drew Davison: Patriots 24, Seahawks 21. A tainted Super Bowl champion? Deflategate or not, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have one last hurrah in what will be remembered more for the controversy than the game.

Mac Engel: Seahawks 27, Patriots 25. Defense wins championships.

Clarence E. Hill Jr.: Seahawks 28, Patriots 24. No tapes, no titles still no luck in Super Bowl psi for New England.