The Seattle Seahawks (13-3) will square off with the Denver Broncos (13-3) on Sunday, Feb. 2 in the 2014 Super Bowl and the focus on the kickoff time of 6:25 p.m. ET has anticipation growing every day.
Seattle and Denver are the two best teams in their respective conferences and the dream matchup has football fans from all corners of the country ready to pick a side in this battle.
Here is all the vital viewing information for Super Bowl XLVIII and a full preview with the predicted final score.
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
When: Sunday, Feb. 2
Kickoff Time: 6:25 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Preview and Prediction
When Seattle squares off against Denver for the Lombardi Trophy, it will be a unique battle pitting the league’s top-ranked offensive unit against the best defense in the NFL.
As ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweets, this doesn’t happen often:
The Broncos have rushed the ball well at times during the season, but have not found consistency on the ground. The team hasn’t been hurt by this flaw yet, though, as quarterback Peyton Manning has been more than able to carry the load.
Not only has Manning been as accurate and diligent as ever, but stars like wide receivers Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker, as well as tight end Julius Thomas, are also playing at an elite level.
No wonder Denver averaged 457.3 yards per game and registered an astounding 606 points.
The Seahawks will not go quietly into the night and Manning will have to earn every yard he amasses in the Super Bowl. Led by brash cornerback Richard Sherman, the vaunted Seattle secondary has talked the talk and backed it up with elite play against the pass.
Seattle has only allowed 172 yards per game and 16 touchdowns to opposing passing attacks while racking up 28 interceptions. With Manning playing so well and the Seahawks stopping anything that gets in their way, one of these units will fail to live up to the expectations.
There is also no question that Marshawn Lynch and the run-heavy Seattle offense will face a tough test against a Denver defense that has allowed 65 yards and 64 yards rushing in the divisional and conference championship rounds, respectively.
This stalemate will once again put the pressure on Manning and the Seahawks defense.
Using his Super Bowl experience and the sheer number of mismatches that can be created with the weapons the Broncos possess, Manning should be able to control the clock and the scoreboard.
Predicted Final Score: Denver 31, Seattle 24
Stats via NFL.com.