After an awesome NFL regular season and playoff matchups, it's finally Super Week. Sunday night in the frigid Meadowlands of New Jersey will host the biggest game of the year in American sports. This game will feature one of the best quarterbacks of all time in Peyton Manning against the NFL's #1 defense in the Seattle Seahawks. No matter what happens, the world will be watching on Sunday night.
Super Bowl XLVIII-Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos
Where: MetLife Stadium-East Rutherford, NJ
When: Sunday at 6:30 PM EST
Seahawks-RB Marshawn Lynch
Seahawks-CB Richard Sherman
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Seahawks-QB Russell Wilson
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Broncos-QB Peyton Manning
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Broncos-WR Demaryius Thomas
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Broncos-WR Eric Decker
Preview: Why is the Super Bowl being played in freezing New York? Dear Roger Goodell, can we please play the Super Bowl in Miami? Anyway, the 2014 edition of the quest for the Lombardi Trophy will feature the best offense in the NFL led by record-breaking QB Peyton Manning against the best defense in the NFL led by CB Richard Sherman and the infamous "Legion of Boom." Let's take a look at each team.
The Seattle Seahawks are led by a stout, physical defense and a strong rushing attack. RB Marshawn Lynch, a.k.a. "Beast Mode," is one of the best backs in the NFL with 1,257 yards on the ground and 12 TDs. I love the way this guy runs and powers his way for extra yardage. He might even play a bigger role than previously forseen if unfortunate weather conditions at MetLife alter what the offenses can do. Don't overlook the man at the quarterback position though. Young Russell Wilson has quietly emerged as one of the top players at his position in the NFL. Wilson has passed for 3,357 yards, 22 TDs, and only 6 interceptions.
The defensive side of the ball is Seattle's biggest strength. The Seahawks are only giving up an average of a league-best 14.4 points per game and only 273.6 yards per game. They also boast the best pass defense in the NFL. The Seahawks defense unit is filled with playmakers like CB Richard Sherman, FS Earl Thomas, SS Kam Chancellor, and LB Bobby Wagner. This defense is truly dominant.
On the opposite sideline, future hall-of-famer Peyton Manning is the face of the his Denver Bronco franchise and has led them to be the #1 offense in America in 2013. He has thrown for 5,477 yards, 55 TDs, and 10 interceptions. He leads the NFL in passing yards during the regular season. Manning also has multiple weapons surrounding him with guys like WR Demaryius Thomas, WR Eric Decker, TE Julius Thomas, as well as RBs Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball.
The Broncos are not really known for their defense but had a great showing against the New England Patriots in the AFC Title Game, including giving up only 16 points to Tom Brady and the Pats. The Denver defense is led by LB Danny Trevathan, who has 128 total tackles, 4 forced fumbles, and 3 interceptions in 2013.
Overall, this game comes down to the Denver offense vs. the Seattle defense. Can the Seahawks put pressure on Peyton Manning? The Patriots failed to do this two weeks ago, and we can see the result. Can the Seahawks' secondary be able to cover all the dangerous weapons of Denver?
Another key factor in this game might unfortunately be the bad weather conditions at MetLife. Throwing on Sunday night could prove very difficult. Therefore, the success of these two teams' running games will be of paramount importance. Marshawn Lynch is a beast, but Moreno and Ball can play too.
If the Seahawks win, their defense will go down as one of the NFL's greatest ever to win a title. If the Broncos win, Peyton Manning will further cement his legacy as arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Bundle up for another cold week and weekend in the best country in the world, the USA, and enjoy what should be another classic quest for the Lombardi Trophy.