It will be Broncos vs. Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. Here are five reasons why it’s a compelling matchup.
1. Peyton Manning can finish his quest to win a second Super Bowl.
He is already an all-time great quarterback. But at age 37, this might be Manning’s last chance to win a Super Bowl, after overcoming a career-threatening neck injury that forced him to miss an entire season in 2011. Manning is one step from being back on top. He will be the dominant figure heading into this game.
2. Seattle’s secondary will love the challenge of facing Manning.
Denver’s offense is capable of exploding at any time, with Manning throwing pinpoint passes to Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, and tight end Julius Thomas. However, the Seahawks secondary of Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Cam Chancellor, and Byron Maxwell is the best in the NFL. Those guys love to talk, especially Sherman. He should provide some memorable quotes during Super Bowl week. Once the game starts, Manning attacking Seattle’s defense will be a high-stakes chess match.
3. The weather could be a factor.
This Super Bowl will be played outdoors at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Some think a Super Bowl in the New York metropolitan area is a great idea. Others think it’s a major mistake. Get ready to be inundated with weather reports, especially if snow or bitter cold is in the forecast for Super Bowl Sunday.
4. This is a fresh matchup.
The Seahawks and Broncos have never met in the playoffs, and they did not play this season. That only adds to the mystery of what type of game to expect. How Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson react, playing in a Super Bowl in just his second season? What happens when Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch collides with Broncos defensive tackle Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton? We are about to find out
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5. Both teams were No. 1 seeds heading into the playoffs.
This is the first Super Bowl matchup between No. 1 seeds in four years, since the Saints beat the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. The Seahawks and Broncos have been heavyweights all season. It's fitting that they will clash for football's ultimate prize.