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NFL Playoff Schedule 2014: Info Guide for Broncos vs. Seahawks Super Bowl

Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman hoists the George Halas Trophy after the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJanuary 20, 2014

After 266 regular-season and playoff games, just one remains, as the Seattle Seahawks will be playing the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tom Brady and Peyton Manning met for the 15th time in their careers, but it was Peyton who led the Denver Broncos to the 26-16 win, sending them to the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers met for the third time this season in what was yet another thrilling ending, with Russell Wilson leading the Seahawks to a 23-17 victory.

Below is a complete viewing guide for Super Bowl XLVIII, breaking down when and where to watch the game as well as a preview of both teams.

 

Super Bowl Info

Date: Sunday, February 2

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Start Time: 6:30 p.m. ET

TV: Fox

Live Stream: FoxSports.com

Spread: Seahawks (+1.5) vs. Broncos, according to Bovada.com

 

Seattle Seahawks

The expectations were high coming into the season, and the Seahawks were able to bring their 12th Man an NFC Championship win. Now, fans will be hoping they can bring home their first-ever Super Bowl title.

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 19:  Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after the Seahawks 23-17 victory against the San Francisco 49ers uring the 2014 NFC Championship at CenturyLink Field on January 19, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.
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The Seahawks went 13-3 in the regular season, helping them snag the No. 1 overall seed and home-field advantage in the playoffs, and that was a huge help for a team that's only lost once at CenturyLink Field over the past two seasons.

Defense has been the big reason for this team's success all year. The Legion of Boom was dominant throughout the season, holding opponents to just 273.6 yards and 14.4 points per game. Players like Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Michael Bennett were all major impact players throughout the year.

But this will be their biggest test, going against the Broncos. 

Russell Wilson also deserves a lot of credit for the team's run to the Super Bowl. In just his second year in the league, Wilson threw for 3,357 yards, 26 touchdowns and just nine interceptions for a 101.2 passer rating. He's not the tallest guy on the field at 5'11'', but he's become a true leader for the Seahawks.

 

Denver Broncos

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after they defeated the New England Patriots 26 to 16 during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by
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One of the things holding Manning's legacy back has been the fact that he's struggled in the playoffs, and with the Broncos just a win away from the Lombardi Trophy, all eyes will be on the future Hall of Famer.

The Broncos dominated the competition this year, going 13-3 and winning both of their playoff games so far with relative ease. Manning broke all kinds of records during the regular season, throwing for 5,477 yards, 55 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, posting a 115.1 passer rating. Manning also led the league's best offense, averaging 457.3 yards and 37.9 points per game.

The combination of Manning along with players like Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas has made the Broncos almost unstoppable through the air, but Knowshon Moreno added some balance on the ground. He put up 1,586 total yards and 13 total touchdowns, making him one of the more productive backs in the NFL.

The defense has been solid as well, especially in the postseason. Despite playing against guys like Ryan Mathews and LeGarrette Blount, the Broncos have still only allowed 129 rushing yards in the playoffs. Terrance Knighton and Robert Ayers have been a big reason for that, as they've found ways to stuff the run at the line of scrimmage.

None of that matters, however, as Manning will be getting all of the attention. If he can lead the Broncos to a win, then he will be considered the greatest quarterback to ever play, or at least very close to it.

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