The long wait is almost over. The biggest sporting spectacle in the world is right around the corner. Super Bowl XLVII is set for Sunday at the newly constructed Met Life Stadium in East Weatherford, New Jersey. The high-scoring Denver Broncos will be taking on the hard-hitting, trash talking Seattle Seahawks. This Super Bowl is set to be unlike any other.
This is the first Super Bowl that will be played outdoors, in a cold-weather environment. The Super Bowl cleanup committee has been shoveling snow off the field all weekend long, and it is very clear that both teams will be fighting Mother Nature as well as each other.
The Broncos and the Seahawks are both number-one seeds coming out of their respective conferences. They both finished the regular season with a record of 13-3. That is the first time in 20 seasons that two number-one seeds have faced off in the Super Bowl.
The Broncos have the best offense in the NFL, compiling 7,313 total offensive yards and 606 points scored this season. That is the most by an NFL offense in league history.
The Broncos’ offense is highlighted by future Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning, who had the best season of his 18-year career. Manning broke all the passing records for passing yards in a season (5,477), passing touchdowns (55) and passing completions (450). He also had a 115.1 passer rating on the season.
Manning had plenty of weapons to throw to. Receivers Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker combined for 262 receptions, 3,446 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns on the year. Running back Knoshown Moreno rushed for 1,038 yards and scored 10 touchdowns on the season.
The kicker Matt Prater wasn’t too bad either. He had 150 points scored with 96 percent field goal percentage and made the longest kick in NFL history, which was 64 yards. The defense isn’t a pushover either. They had a very solid year and will be hard to score on. The Broncos are ready.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks are a team that everybody fears. That is mainly because of their brutal, intimidating and disrespectful defense.
The Seahawks have the number-one defense in the NFL. They allowed the fewest yards with 273.6 per game, allowed the fewest points with 231 and had 39 takeaways. This defense does not play around at all.
The Seahawks defense is highlighted by hard-hitting, trash talking cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas who call themselves the “Legion of Boom!!” Sherman is arguably the best cornerback in the game and definitely the most hated cornerback in the game. He led the NFL in interceptions with eight and had 125 return yards off of interceptions. His partner in crime, Thomas, compiled five interceptions, 105 tackles and forced two fumbles on the season. The Seahawks also have a large, intimidating front line. The two most known players are Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. They are both defensive ends that feasted on opposing quarterbacks all season long. They both had eight sacks a piece and plenty of hard tackles.
The Seahawks offense was much improved from last year and had a great season. Quarterback Russell Wilson picked defenses apart as he threw for 3,357 yards with 26 touchdowns and only nine picks. He also rushed for 539 yards with one touchdown.
The most known player on the Seahawk offense is none other than running back Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch. He gets the nickname because he brutally punishes any defender who tries to take him down. He uses a combination of speed and power to truck his way into the end zone. He compiled 1,257 yards with 12 touchdowns. He also caught 36 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson also has a one, two punch of receivers to throw to in Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. They both had the best seasons of their respective careers.
This Super Bowl is going to be one that everybody will remember. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is looking for his first Super Bowl win, while Broncos head coach John Fox is at the Super Bowl for the second time in his career. The student in Wilson is going up against the teacher in Manning. Wilson is 23 while Manning is 37 – the most lopsided difference of age between quarterbacks in Super Bowl history.
I personally hate the Seattle Seahawks with a passion, but at the same time I respect their game. I believe they will give Denver a run for their money, but I’m taking old man Manning over young man Wilson. Manning has played out of his mind all year long, and he has been tested heavily all throughout the season. Manning will slowly pick apart the Legion of Boom all throughout the game. His offensive line will hold Bennett, Avril and the other Seahawk lineman from putting sacking him.
The Seattle defense will be strong early, but will break down late. Manning will have one of the greatest performances in Super Bowl history to cap off his illustrious career. I see Lynch having a big day on the ground, because he usually comes through when you need him the most, but I feel like the Denver defense will make the big plays when they need to.
Wilson will play his game and do everything he can to lead his team to the win, but I think his performance won’t be enough to get his team the Lombardi trophy.
The Broncos are projected to win this game by two points. I predict them winning this game 31-28. Their mighty offense might be just enough to get them over the hump of Sherman and the brutal Seahawk defense. It shall be a game for the ages. Super Bowl XLVII is coming soon to a TV near you.
Devin Brooks is a freshman journalism major from San Augustine.