Super Bowl XLVIII promises to be an entertaining spectacle and a fantastic clash between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.
Both teams won their respective conferences this season, cruising to many dominant victories thanks to their depth, consistent excellence and impeccable game plans.
Sometimes things don't go according to design, though, and the measure of a great team is not how it's doing when all is well. Rather, it's how teams respond when the going gets tough that transforms them from contenders to championship-caliber outfits.
In the pivotal moments during the regular season and the playoffs, both Seattle and Denver came up big, fortifying their status as favorites to hold a parade with the Lombardi Trophy in hand.
Only one of these brilliantly built clubs can take home the NFL's ultimate prize, and the loser will be lost in the midst of history. Thus, it's worth reflecting on both the Seahawks and Broncos and how they got to this grand stage.
Super Bowl XLVIII
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
When: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Spread: Broncos -2.5, per Vegas Insider