Super Bowl 2014: Broncos-Seahawks Would Be Best Possible Matchup

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJanuary 14, 2014

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 11:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks throws the ball in the second half while taking on the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at CenturyLink Field on January 11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Watching the top two teams play in any kind of championship game is almost always boring. Eventually, fans get tired of watching the same teams win over and over again. But with the four remaining teams in the NFL playoffs, the Denver Broncos playing the Seattle Seahawks would be the most entertaining matchup for the Super Bowl.

The Broncos are preparing to play the New England Patriots to see which legendary quarterback will represent the AFC after winning 24-17 over the San Diego Chargers. Meanwhile, the Seahawks will be playing the 49ers for the third time this year after taking down the New Orleans Saints 23-15.

While there might not be as compelling of a storyline as the AFC Championship Game due to the nature of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady's rivalry, there would be plenty of intriguing matchups in this possible Super Bowl scenario.

Of course, the first matchup to look at is the quarterbacks. Peyton Manning is coming off of arguably the greatest season any quarterback has ever had, while Russell Wilson has been the most successful of the sophomore quarterbacks through his first two seasons.

In fact, some have started to size up Wilson as he compares to Manning in his first two years in the league. When looking at the stats from their first two years, Wilson actually looks like the more impressive QB, although he's had a much better supporting cast around him.

Manning vs. Wilson, First Two Seasons
Comp %YardsTD*INTPass RtgReg Season W-LPostseason W-L
Peyton Manning59.37,874524380.616-160-1
Russell Wilson63.66,4755219100.624-82-1
*only passing TDs

It's apparent that Wilson is an emerging star at the quarterback position, and if he could win over the great Peyton Manning, then it would almost be like a passing of the torch between great QBs.

Of course, everyone would be anxiously watching to see if Manning choked. Despite all of his accomplishments during the regular season, he has been to the Super Bowl just twice, winning only one ring against the Chicago Bears back in 2006.

But the Manning storylines wouldn't stop there. His high-powered offense was the most deadly in the league, averaging 457.3 total yards and 37.9 points per game, leading the NFL in both categories. Denver's No. 1 offense would be going against the No. 1 defense, however, in the Seahawks.

It was a frighteningly good regular season for Seattle's defense. It allowed just 273.6 total yards and 14.4 points per game, allowing more than 20 points in just three games. The team's secondary is stacked with Pro Bowl-caliber players, with guys like Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas giving opposing quarterbacks nightmares.

While the quarterbacks get plenty of love, the running backs will also be a ton of fun to watch. Knowshon Moreno was a legitimate candidate for the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award, running for 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns along with another 548 yards and three scores receiving.

While Moreno has emerged as one of the most productive backs in the league, Marshawn Lynch has been a top-tier running back for the past couple of seasons.

And if there was any concern about fatigue after carrying the ball 301 times in the regular season, it quickly vanished after he carried the ball 28 times against the Saints for 140 yards and two touchdowns, tallying 13 broken tackles in the game (h/t Pete Damilatis from Pro Football Focus).

Overall, these two teams match up well, and while other combinations would be entertaining as well, this would be the most ideal Super Bowl game to watch for fans whose teams are no longer in the postseason.