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No. 1 defense faces No. 1 offense in Super Bowl XLVIII

01/29/2014

The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will meet in East Rutherford, N.J. at MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Super Bowl match-up between the two teams seems to be an even match-up as they both enter the championship game as No. 1 seeds. The Seahawks are ranked No. 1 in the NFC and finished the regular season with a 13-3 overall record. That same 13-3 record follows the Broncos as they are ranked No. 1 in the AFC.

The two teams also share the same home and away record. The Broncos and Seahawks both finished 7-1 at home and 6-2 on the road. It slightly differs with the conference record as Seattle finished 10-2 while Denver finished 9-3 in their conference.

Since both teams were No. 1 seeds in their conference, they were rewarded home-field advantage throughout the playoffs as well as a first round bye. In the divisional round of the playoffs, the Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers 24-17. The Seahawks won their divisional round 23-15 against the New Orleans Saints.

Seattle and Denver would then play in their own Conference Championship game. Seattle won the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers with a final score of 23-17. Denver won the AFC Championship by beating the New England Patriots 26-16.

Now, the Broncos and Seahawks will meet in the Super Bowl to see who takes home the Vince Lombardi trophy.

Seattle has the No. 1 defense in the league and Denver has the No. 1 offense. The Broncos have earned the most yards and most points this season while the Seahawks allow the fewest yards and fewest points.

Going into the Super Bowl, Seattle is best known for their defense led by cornerback Richard Sherman. Denver is best known for their offense led by quarterback Peyton Manning. Seattle’s cornerback Richard Sherman leads his team as well as the NFL in interceptions this season with eight. His teammate Bobby Wagner leads the team in tackles with a total of 120. On the offensive side, running back Marshawn Lynch is the leader in rushing yards for this year playoffs with 249 yards. As far as the Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, this is his first Super Bowl appearance in just his second year.

During this 2013-14 NFL season, Denver’s quarterback Peyton Manning threw for an NFL record 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 passing yards. Manning’s No. 1 wide receiver, Demaryius Thomas, has 1,430 receiving yards, 92 receptions and 14 touchdowns on the season.

Linebacker Danny Trevathan leads the Broncos defense in tackles for the season with a total of 128 and 3 interceptions.

This will be the 54th meeting between the two teams as the Broncos already lead the series 34-19. Denver also won the last game they played against Seattle, which was back in 2010 with a final score favoring Denver 31-14. However, none of those 53 games were for the Super Bowl. This 54th game is the Super Bowl, where it will be the Denver Broncos seventh appearance and the Seattle Seahawks second appearance.

The Broncos are searching for their third Super Bowl victory as they stand 2-4 in this Championship game. Their last Super Bowl appearance was in 1998 against the Atlanta Falcons, which Denver won. This will be the Seahawks second appearance in the Super Bowl as they lost the first one to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005. Seattle is hoping for their first Super Bowl win.

Both Coaches are also seeking their first Super Bowl win. John Fox is in his third year as head coach with the Denver Broncos while Pete Carroll is in his fourth year as head coach with the Seattle Seahawks.

The weather for this year Super Bowl seems to be very cold as the forecast calls for mid 30s during the day and mid 20s during the late evening.

There is a slight chance of rain and even snow. This Super Bowl could beat the coldest Super Bowl in NFL History which was Super Bowl VI in 1972. It was 39 degrees at the site in New Orleans.


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