The 2014 Super Bowl features the two best NFL teams from the regular season, so it's only fitting that the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will square off for the title. With two powerhouses set to do battle, it’s an event you aren’t going to want to miss, regardless of where you might be located.
This promises to be one of the best matchups of the season, pitting Peyton Manning and his record-setting Broncos offense against the star-studded Seahawks defense led by the oft-controversial Richard Sherman.
Even if you’re not able to relax at home or at a party for the big game, there are plenty of viewing options available to you. If you’re traveling, as long as you have a smart phone, you will be able to tune in and watch the pigskin action.
Let’s take a look at how you can do that, plus everything else you will need to know for the contest.
Date: Sunday, Feb. 2
Where: MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Start Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
TV Info: Fox
Live Stream: FoxSports.com
Mobile: NFL Mobile
Spread: Denver -2.5 (Vegas Insider)
Live Stream Options
The league and its broadcasters clearly realize that mobile devices, tablets and laptops are quickly becoming one of the most popular methods for fans to consume their gridiron action. According to Todd Spangler of Variety, Fox Sports will be utilizing the upcoming Super Bowl as a means to feature its latest technology, an online service for paid subscribers to watch television.
Fortunately for those who aren’t currently cutting a check to the network, there will be a one-day-only preview. That will, of course, conveniently occur on Feb. 2—the day of the Super Bowl and the biggest television event in America for the year.
The game itself and the halftime show will be streamed live via Fox Sports Go, in addition to the network’s regular lineup.
New users will have trial access from 12 a.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 2, through 3 a.m. ET on Monday, Feb. 3. This will work on computers and tablets, but smartphone users must still go through Verizon’s NFL Mobile to watch the Super Bowl.
Clark Pierce, senior VP of mobile and advanced platforms for Fox Sports, told Spangler that the upcoming game will be a key marketing tactic for his company: “We want to showcase the product. This is as good an opportunity as we’re going to get.”
Spangler notes that NBC broke ground in 2012 by offering a live stream of the Super Bowl, with 2.1 million users logging in to check out the action. That number increased when CBS featured the service last year, attracting three million users to stream the game.
Fox is offering a Spanish-language service for the first time this year, and it seems that the network might shatter records when the Broncos and Seahawks take the field.
Super Bowl Preview and Prediction
This is the clash that everyone has been waiting for and that many projected would happen at the start of the season. Both teams went 13-3 during the regular campaign and 2-0 during the playoffs, needing just one more win to cap off an incredible run.
ESPN Stats & Info noted that this rare matchup is going to feature the top scoring offense against the top scoring defense, as well as the top total offense against the top total defense:
Seahawks-Broncos is No. 1 scoring offense vs. No. 1 scoring defense, No. 1 total offense vs. No. 1 total defense and matchup of No. 1 seeds.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 20, 2014
Seattle's feared secondary allowed just 172 passing yards per game, helping hold opponents to a league-leading 14.4 points per game in 2013.
The unit will face its toughest test yet, going up against a Denver offense that broke records by becoming the first team in league history to breach the 600-point mark. The Broncos averaged 37.9 points per game, over 10 points higher than the second-ranked Philadelphia Eagles (27.6 points per contest).
Manning led the way, utilizing superstar receivers Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas to break down coverages, move the chains and find pay dirt on a consistent basis. The offense averaged a blistering 457.3 yards per game this year and will be an immense challenge for Seattle to stop.
If the Seahawks do manage to slow down this offensive juggernaut, they will have to put up points of their own with Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. The dynamic duo ran over opponents all season on the way to a team average of 136.8 yards per game on the ground.
Who will win?
Denver is only allowing 64.5 yards per game to the opposition on the ground during the playoffs, so this matchup will play a significant role in the game's outcome.
Expect a dogfight, but the cold weather and Seattle’s defense, coupled with a strong rushing presence, will make the difference.
Prediction: Seahawks 24, Broncos 21