Almost as big as the game itself are the storylines heading into Super Bowl XLVIII. Every year there are backstories that bring intrigue to the game. This year is anything but the exception to that rule.
The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks have individual angles, and collectively their matchup is compelling.
Here's how you can watch the Super Bowl, and a look at the three biggest stories for football's biggest game.
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
Over/Under: 48, per CBS Sports
Peyton Manning's Quest for a Second Ring
Peyton Manning already has one Super Bowl ring, but before he conquered Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC title game, he had a losing record in the postseason.
Despite all of his accomplishments, Manning's playoff career has been more about failure than success.
He'll be 38 years old in March, so this could be very well be his last opportunity to win another Super Bowl ring. As the Broncos arrived in New Jersey, the future Hall of Famer talked about the matchup, and his future.
Whether Manning plays one, two or three more years, much is on the line in this game. If he doesn't want to be known as the greatest regular-season quarterback in history, he needs to get it done in the Super Bowl one more time.
Can Richard Sherman Continue to Back Up His Trash Talk?
Richard Sherman's supporters are hoping to see him stick it to all of his haters. And the haters have their mean-spirited memes ready in the event he and the Seahawks come up short.
After the post-game interview heard round the world after the NFC title game, Sherman is a hot commodity. According to Chris Isidore of CNN Money, Sherman's agent Jamie Fritz has noticed a significant increase in companies looking to have his client endorse their products.
"Outside experts agree that advertisers are more likely to be attracted by Sherman's new celebrity than scared off by the controversy."
Imagine what will happen if the Seahawks win and Sherman plays well. While he had to endure some unfortunate criticism, in the end, Sherman could be laughing all the way to the bank—and the podium at MetLife Stadium.
If he is burnt or victimized by Manning, then the backlash will be tough. Sherman is so confident and mentally strong, there is no doubt he could handle the adversity. Still, he'd much rather have the former situation.
Greatest Offense vs. Greatest Defense
Football is a team game. And these two squads couldn't be bigger opposites.
The Broncos' offense set records for most points scored and total yards during the regular season. Led by Manning, they have the most-feared attack in the NFL.
The Seahawks defied the high-scoring nature of the era they play in. Despite all teams in the NFL averaging a combined 23.4 points per game, the Seahawks allowed just 14 points per contest.
Led by Sherman and the Legion of Boom, Seattle's defense is one of the best of all-time. When these two mighty forces collide, one extreme will win out, and be crowned the Super Bowl XLVIII champions.
It should be a great game.
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