Super Bowl records are awesome. They represent greatness—or pure luck—on the grandest stage in the sport. However they are obtained, records become the answer to an almost endless list of trivia questions.
In Super Bowl XLVIII, there's a long list of records that could potentially fall. That said, Denver Broncos fans will hope for a game short on record-breaking performances.
Even if the Broncos win against a defense as strong as the Seattle Seahawks, it isn't likely Peyton Manning and Co. will be breaking any records.
This article isn't meant to adorn the Seahawks as a favorite on Sunday. However, when breaking down the teams, it's clear Seattle has the most logical chances to set new Super Bowl marks.
Let's take a look at each team's most probable opportunities. First, here's how you can watch the action in case someone makes history.
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
When: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Live Stream: Fox Sports Go
Spread: Broncos -2.5, per Vegas Insider
Over/Under: 48, per CBS Sports
Denver Broncos' Logical Record-Breaking Opportunities
Matt Prater Has the Leg to Set the Mark for Longest Field Goal
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can surely break Steve Christie's record of 54 yards for longest field goal. Obviously, the weather at MetLife stadium could be a factor, but Prater has a big-time leg. Against a stout Seattle defense that only allowed 14 points per game in the regular season, Denver may have to settle for a lot of field goals.
If the Broncos have a shot to kick a long one at the end of the half, Prater could become the regular season and postseason record holder for longest field goal.
Prater had been ill the week prior to the Super Bowl, but head coach John Fox feels he'll be ready to kick on Sunday. Per Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com, Fox said:
"We've got hand washers ... all over the building. We sent him home, he's going to be fine for the game, hopefully he feels much better (Sunday) morning as we fly to New Jersey."
If the Broncos Lose It Won't Be Anything New
A Denver loss would give the franchise six defeats in the Big Game. That would break a four-way tie with the Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots.
Of all the records that could fall on Super Bowl Sunday, this is the one Broncos fan want to see stand the most.
Seattle Seahawks' Logical Record-Breaking Opportunities
Russell Wilson Can Get a Lot Out of a Little
The Seahawks don't need Wilson to throw the ball 30, or even 20, times to win. In fact, the team is 4-0 in games this year—postseason included—when Wilson has less than 20 pass attempts.
In accordance with that concept, Wilson is a light threat to break the records for fewest passes completed by a Super Bowl winning quarterback and fewest yards in a victory.
In Super Bowl VI, Roger Staubach led the Dallas Cowboys to victory over the Miami Dolphins, despite throwing for just 119 yards. In Super Bowl VIII, the Dolphins' Bob Griese completed just six passes, but Miami defeated the Vikings.
That may be a stretch in this day and age, but if there's a team capable of pulling this off, it's the Seahawks. Wilson takes great care of the football, the defense is good enough to shut an opponent down and the running game can be dominant enough to spearhead its scoring drives.
Wilson Can Get It Done With His Legs, Too
Because Wilson is a dual threat, he can hurt the Broncos with his legs as well. That puts a couple of the Super Bowl rushing records for quarterbacks at stake.
Per Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees talked about Wilson's versatility:
He’s so versatile. He’s a, what should I call it, a triple threat? Anything you would need from the quarterback position. He can throw the long ball, he can execute the intermediate passing game. That read option that they run, he’s as big of a threat running the ball as Marshawn Lynch.
You get Russell Wilson on the perimeter in the run game and he’s extremely effective. Then he scrambles around and can launch the ball 60 yards down field, or he can get a 20-yard scramble for a big first down. There’s just so much he can do that can hurt you.
Last year, the San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick set the record for longest touchdown run by a QB with his 15-yard scoring scamper against the Baltimore Ravens.
Wilson is so good at keeping plays alive and breaking off moderately long runs, he could best Kaepernick's mark. Wilson had a 25-yard touchdown run against the Bills during the regular season in 2012.
He's also had several runs over 15 yards in his career.
Piggybacking on that concept, Wilson is also a threat to break the late Steve McNair's record for most rushing yards in a game. McNair ran for 64 yards against the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Don't Forget About the Occasional Big Pass Play
Just when you think Wilson isn't going to try to beat you with his arm, he'll uncork a deep ball, just as Brees explained.
If Seattle is deep in their own territory, don't think Wilson won't go play-action pass and try to hit Golden Tate or Doug Baldwin for a deep pass.
Both Tate and Baldwin have proven they can make big plays down the field. If the Broncos sell out on the run, an opportunity to break the Carolina Panthers' Jake Delhomme's record for longest completed pass will present itself.
In Super Bowl XXXVIII, Delhomme completed this 85-yard bomb to Muhsin Muhammad against the Pats.
It's not hard to see Wilson switching places with Delhomme on Sunday.
Don't Try Richard Sherman in the Red Zone
Richard Sherman showed Kaepernick what could happen if he's tested in the red zone. If Manning goes at the best cornerback in the NFL, he could meet a similar fate—or worse. The NFL record for longest interception return for a touchdown is 100 yards by the Pittsburgh Steelers' James Harrison in Super Bowl XLIII.
If Sherman were to nab a Manning pass in the end zone and see enough daylight to bring it out, the former wide receiver and kick returner has the moves to make it interesting.
We Could Enter Beast Mode at MetLife Stadium
Seattle will depend on Marshawn Lynch and the offensive line heavily. If they can wear down the Broncos defense as they began to do to the 49ers, Lynch could go off.
You never know when Lynch will explode for a big run. Because of that, Willie Parker's record for longest run could be in jeopardy. Parker ran 75 yards for the Steelers in Super XL.
Lynch has had a 77-yard touchdown run in his career, so it's definitely possible.
If he can chew up that amount of yardage on one play, then Timmy Smith's single-game rushing record would be in reach. Smith ran for 204 yards at Super Bowl XXII.
Perhaps none of these records will fall and fans will still be treated to an awesome game.This is just a little more fodder to consider as kickoff approaches.
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