Super Bowl Kickoff Time 2014: Important Info Before Seahawks vs. Broncos

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2014

The breath of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning exhales as he talks to the media after NFL football practice at the team's training facility in Englewood, Colo., on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. The Broncos are scheduled to play the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
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The Super Bowl is supposed to be reserved for the best teams in the league, and this year, that's exactly what fans get.

Both the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks were the No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences, and heading into the postseason, they would have been many people's favorites to make it all the way to MetLife Stadium.

Not only is Super Bowl XLVIII going to be great because of the overall quality of the two teams, but it also features a great contrast of styles.

The Seahawks are the best defensive team in the league and rely on a primarily run-based offense. The Broncos, on the other hand, have an average defense but have the best offense in the league.

They say that defense wins championships. However, the pendulum is swinging in the offense's favor, with all of the rule changes aimed at making the game safer and benefiting the passing game.

This year's Super Bowl is a chance for Seattle to show that a good defense can still beat a good offense.

Here's a quick preview for the Super Bowl, with three of the stars who will receive the most attention.


When: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. ET

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

TV Info: Fox

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

Spread: Denver by 3, according to Bovada


Top Stars to Watch

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

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This Super Bowl won't weigh any heavier on a player than it will on Peyton Manning.

He's one of the most prolific quarterbacks of all time, second in career passing yards, touchdowns and QB rating.

Despite the numbers, Manning's postseason success, or lack thereof, often is the main talking point about his legacy. Although he already has one ring to his credit, that's not enough for some critics, especially when his brother, Eli, is a perfect 2-0 in the big game.

Winning this contest will not only bolster Manning's already impressive legacy, but it could also offer a great time to step away from the game, much as John Elway did when he led Denver to back-to-back Super Bowl wins in the 1990s.

It would be a fitting end for one of the greatest QBs to ever play in the NFL.


Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

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As quarterbacks continue to dominate the league landscape, the idea of building an offense around a running back is a bit outdated.

Unless you're the Seattle Seahawks.

Marshawn Lynch is an absolute workhorse in the backfield and arguably more responsible for the team's success offensively than quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson is yet to reach a level where he'd be considered an elite passer, so it's important for Lynch to find a groove in the Super Bowl. He helps to take a lot of the pressure off Wilson, leaving the second-year star to be the game manager.

Plus, maybe the league can swap out the traditional confetti after the game with Skittles in the event that the Seahawks win.


Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks

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Love him or hate him, Richard Sherman is the best cover corner in the game.

It would be one thing if he were a big talker yet only a below-average to average player. Nothing is more annoying than that kind of guy.

But Sherman backs up everything says.

He blanketed San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree for almost the entire NFC title game, and then in the dying seconds, he knocked away a pass headed for Crabtree, which was then intercepted by Malcolm Smith to seal the victory.

When you do all that, you're allowed to say whatever you want immediately after the game.

With the strength of Denver's receivers, Sherman will need to be at his best. Although he'll likely line up against Demaryius Thomas for most of the contest, he'll likely have to watch Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas at various points as well.

Should the Seahawks win, he'll be remembered forever for shutting down Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl.