Broncos, Seahawks set for first cold Super Bowl

Best defense and best offense to meet at MetLife for the Super Bowl

1/21/14 in NFL   |   jakeryanbrown   |   28 respect

Jan 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway and quarterback Peyton Manning (18) after the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsPeyton Manning and the Broncos made it look easy against Tom Brady and the Patriots.  Manning answered everyone Sunday, from the Patriots defense to the doubters who said he couldn’t win the big game.  The Broncos breezed by the Patriots in the AFC Championship, 26-16, to propel them to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. 
 
New England dominated in recent weeks thanks to a ground-and-pound offense.  The Broncos brought out all the stops for LeGarrette Blount, Shane Vereen, and Stevan Ridley, forcing Brady to find his rather weak receiving core at Mile High.  The Patriots finished with just 64 rushing yards, after running for 234 yards last week against the Colts.  Manning was firing on all levels, throwing for 400 yards and 2 TDs without throwing a pick or getting sacked. 
 
This is Manning’s third Super Bowl appearance, but first with the Broncos.  After setting records for passing yards and TD passes this season, a Vince Lombardi Trophy would put the icing on the cake of a legendary career.  A second Super Bowl title would make Manning the greatest QB that has ever lived.  He would also become the first starting QB of all time to win a Super bowl with two different teams.  While Denver took care of business at home, they will now have to travel to the east coast for the first cold weather Super Bowl.  Mother Nature won’t be the only tough task on Feb. 2nd, but the Broncos will also have to take on the best defense in the NFL. 
 
Despite Richard Sherman taking over Monday’s headlines, the Seahawks won as a team Sunday in Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) celebrates after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the 2013 NFC Championship football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY SportsSeattle, topping the 49ers, 23-17, advancing to their second Super Bowl in franchise history.  The 49ers were driving late, but Sherman tipped a Colin Kaepernick pass in the endzone into the hands of Malcolm Smith to seal the deal.  Sherman made some uncalled for statements following the game, but nonetheless was a pivotal part of the Seahawks defense that continued to make Kaepernick’s life a nightmare.  Three career starts in Seattle and three losses for Kaepernick and this one was the most devastating of them all.  153 yards and two picks won’t get the job done against a Seahawks team carried by Marshawn Lynch.  Russell Wilson played mistake-free, throwing for 215 yards and a touchdown with no picks. 
 
We got ourselves one hell of a Super Bowl in less than two weeks.  The high-powered Broncos offense led by a future Hall of Fame quarterback take on the “legion of boom” from the northwest.  The offense that averaged 38 PPG, the most in the Super Bowl era, gets to face the defense the smashmouth defense that nobody was better than.  Could we ask for a much better matchup?  The storylines are endless.  Can Manning win number two in the house of Eli?  Can Wilson get the Seahawks their first title in just his sophomore season?  It’s too bad we have a week off before this duel, because this could turn out to be an all-time classic Super Bowl.  
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