The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will face off in Super Bowl 2014 after earning their conference crowns on Sunday.
Denver defeated the New England Patriots by the score of 26-16 in the AFC championship hours before Seattle sunk the San Francisco 49ers, 23-17, in the NFC championship.
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When: Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:25 p.m. ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Spread: Denver by 1.5, according to Bovada
Will the 2013 NFL season be defined by Peyton Manning's unflappable dominance or the passing of a torch?
Manning is one of, if not the greatest quarterback of all time. He practically owns the record books. A second Super Bowl ring would help convince even his harshest critics to change their tune in the G.O.A.T. debate.
If the Broncos were to win it all, they would be more than capable of winning back-to-back titles. However, so are the Seahawks. In fact, given that Russell Wilson is a dozen years younger than Manning, their core is more likely to compete for championships for years to come.
If Seattle were to win it all, it could prove to be the passing of the torch from Manning to Wilson. Obviously, Wilson wouldn't instantly be the best QB in the NFL upon victory, but someone has to claim the title when Manning retires. Wilson would be the third-youngest signal-caller in league history to win a ring—the only two younger being Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger.
It isn't just the Seahawks' No. 1 ranked defense in yards and points allowed that has them Super Bowl-bound. Wilson finished the regular season with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 26-to-9 and a passer rating of 101.2. He helped lead Seattle to victory over the 49ers on Sunday by completing 16-of-25 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown, equating to a 104.6 passer rating.
Denver is so talented that it's unfair. Not only does it have one of the best quarterbacks in history under center, but that all-time great is throwing to four receivers—Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas—who each racked up double-digit touchdowns this season. And behind Manning in the backfield, Knowshon Moreno amassed almost 1,600 yards from scrimmage.
Seattle's secondary is amazing. It only allowed 172.0 passing yards per game in the regular season and boasts three Pro Bowlers in Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.
However, the Broncos field the most prolific offense in NFL history. The Seahawks can only hope to contain it. And Denver's defense has actually been its greatest strength this postseason, holding the Patriots and San Diego Chargers to a combined 33 points.
Seattle will put up a fight for the ages, but Manning and company will be too much.
Denver Wins: 27-24
David Daniels is a breaking news writer for Bleacher Report and news editor for Wade-O Radio.
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