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The Broncos paved their way to the Super Bowl primarily on the throwing shoulder of quarterback Peyton Manning.
The 16-year veteran passed for an NFL-record 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns during the regular season and capped off Denver's two-game playoff run with a 400-yard, two-touchdown performance against the New England Patriots in the AFC title game.
However, this does not mean that the Seahawks will only have to worry about the passing game defensively.
While the Broncos drew plenty of attention for fielding the league's top passing offense during the regular season (340.2 yards per game), the team also quietly produced an efficient 117.1 yards per game on the ground (15th in the NFL).
During the playoffs, Denver's backfield duo of Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball combined for 236 yards rushing with one touchdown. This means that while the Seahawks are sure to pay plenty of attention to Denver's stellar receiving corps, they will have to find a way to contain the ground game as well.
Of course, Denver will have to win its battles against one of the league's stingiest defenses.
Seattle finished the regular season ranked first in scoring defense (14.4 points per game allowed), pass defense (172 yards peer game) and total defense (273.6 yards per game).
With one of the game's all-tie greats under center, the Broncos will find the way to move the football at times during this game. However, Seattle's defense is stout enough to keep the Denver scoring to a manageable level.
This is a virtually even matchup, with the Broncos getting a slight advantage because of the balance and explosive nature of their offense. However, that edge is not great enough for Denver to win without a fair amount of help from its defense and special teams.