The NFL Super Bowl is always a huge event, but it rarely gets as exciting as the battle between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.
This title game pits together the No. 1 seeds in both the AFC and NFC, as well as the top offense in the league against the best defense. The storylines are endless as anything can happen in this exciting event.
Make sure to catch every second of the action from the pregame show until the award ceremony.
Who will win?
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Date: Sunday, Feb. 2
Start Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Spread (via Vegas Insider): Broncos -2.5
Not only have these two teams been the best in the playoffs, but they were also arguably the top squads in the NFL since day one.
ESPN's preseason power rankings listed the Seahawks first in the NFL, followed by the San Francisco 49ers and the Broncos.
Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated points out that the preseason betting odds had the reverse order, with Denver earning the best odds and Seattle not far behind:
Final Super Bowl preseason odds from the folks at Bovada: DEN 6/1, 49ers 6/1, Sea 17/2, NE 10/1, ATL 12/1, GB 12/1...— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) September 3, 2013
Considering the 49ers were eliminated by the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, it seems like the prognosticators did a good job this year.
Denver had the highest-scoring offense in NFL history this season as Peyton Manning did a great job of utilizing all of his dynamic weapons. This statistic provided by Fox Sports shows how diverse the offense can get:
Denver is the 1st team in NFL HISTORY to have 5 players score 10+ TDs. No other team has ever had more than 3 players do that in a season.— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 31, 2013
This makes it a challenge for any team to even slow down this unit, let alone stop it. The Broncos have scored at least 20 points in every single game, and they topped 30 points in 13 regular-season contests. No defense has shown the ability to handle this much talent across the board.
However, if there is one team that could provide a challenge for the Broncos, it is the Seahawks. Not only did they finish the season as the No. 1 defense in both yards and points allowed, but they also excel at stopping the pass, ranking first in the league in that category.
This starts with Richard Sherman, the outspoken but extremely talented cornerback who has the potential to shut down anyone on any offense. Bleacher Report's Cian Fahey discusses the fact that Demaryius Thomas could struggle in the big game:
Broncos are going to have to move Demaryius around a lot v. SEA. Sherman would destroy him I think.— Cian Fahey (@Cianaf) January 21, 2014
On the other hand, Sherman is only one man. Even with Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor also patrolling the secondary, the Broncos have too many players to stop.
Of course, these two teams have to compete on the other side of the ball, and this matchup will also be interesting. Seattle utilizes a run-heavy approach led by Marshawn Lynch to move the football and control the game.
If Denver wants to slow down the Seahawks, it will come down to stopping the run. Fortunately, linebacker Danny Trevathan thinks the defense has improved recently, per DenverBroncos.com:
We’ve just been trying to play our kind of ball. We wanted to stay within our scheme. A lot of injuries occur – guys stepping up and guys getting motivated to play. A lot of young guys stepped up and played a key role in this. And the leaders did a good job getting them ready to get ready for this. We start off pretty slow, but we kind of find our swag. Guys have that attitude. What happened in the regular season happened then. This is the postseason. This is where people make their names.
Considering the squad was able to hold the New England Patriots to only 16 points in the AFC Championship Game, it is clearly playing well.
Every part of this game will be a thrill to watch, so make sure to tune in, and do not miss a second of the action.
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