TV Schedule: Sunday, Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: MetLife Stadium
Line: Denver (-4.5)
With the best home field advantage in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks took down divisional rival, the San Francisco 49ers, and are making their second Super Bowl trip in franchise history. With no Super Bowl victories under its belt, Seattle wants to prove that they are, in fact, a serious threat to Peyton Manning. Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to a 13-3 record and division title in the regular season with his 3,357 yards and 26 touchdowns to go along with his 539 yards and a score. Wilson had a tough divisional round, but followed it up with 215 yards and a touchdown in the NFC title victory. Marshawn Lynch leads one of the best rushing attacks in football and has had a tremendous playoff run thus far, accounting for 249 yards and three scores. Doug Baldwin leads all receivers in these playoffs for the Seahawks with eight catches for 136 yards and no scores.
Peyton Manning’s legacy is growing by the second as he just took down Tom Brady and shut thousands of harsh critics up. His case for the best quarterback of all time is growing and no one can refute it with another Super Bowl victory under his belt. Missing out on the Super Bowl a year ago has been eating at the veteran quarterback so much that he went out and broke nearly every single-season passing record there is — touchdowns (55) and yards (5,477). This is Denver’s first trip to the Super Bowl since 1998 — the last year they won it. Manning had one of the best playoff performances of his career against the New England Patriots in the AFC title game, passing for 400 yards and two scores. Knowshon Moreno leads the run game with 141 yards and one score in two playoff games. Demaryius Thomas leads all wide outs with 188 yards and two touchdowns in these playoffs as well.
Defensively, the Broncos and Seahawks aren’t exactly complete opposites, but they are bit different from each other. Denver has been solid in the playoffs thus far, but struggled a bit in the regular season — especially against the pass. Denver ranks 27th in the league in passing yards allowed per game and eighth in rushing yards allowed. Seattle ranks first in total yards, first in passing yards allowed and seventh in rushing yards allowed. This game is placing a great offense against a great defense and one has to give.
PREDICTION: Seahawks 27, Broncos 34
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