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Super Bowl 2014: 5 Reasons Why Denver Broncos Will Choke

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Five Reasons Why Broncos Will Choke In Super Bowl XLVIII

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The Denver Broncos dismantled the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game and advanced to Super Bowl XLVIII, where many experts consider them as favorites against the Seattle Seahawks.

While it’s hard to argue against that statement, especially considering how good Peyton Manning has been this year, there’s no reason to think that the Broncos will live up to the hype against the best defense in the NFL. In fact, the Broncos have already struggled in several occasions against top teams, and the history suggests that they can easily choke in the big game.

We could be in line to see them do it one more time against the Seahawks at MetLife Stadium during the fight for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Whether is due to the pressure inflicted by the other team, the pressure on the shoulders of their star quarterback or even external factors that could come into play during the game, the truth is that the Broncos could easily be influenced by several things that could affect the way they perform in the biggest game of the year.

Granted, they have a strong attack and an improving defense, and they have a list of playmakers that can make things happen all over the field with ease, but sometimes that is not enough. The pedigree of their players won’t matter if they aren’t able to get the job done when it matters the most.

Without further ado, read on for my five reasons why Denver will probably choke during Super Bowl XLVIII.

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5. Peyton Manning

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Peyton Manning has been labeled by many as the greatest quarterback of all time, but the fact that he struggles in the playoffs is impossible to hide. He only has a .500 record in the postseason, and another Super Bowl loss would do no good to his reputation as the GOAT ... that can’t win big games.

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4. Cold Weather

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The Broncos struggle to play in cold weather, and all forecasts are indicating that Super Bowl XLVIII will be the coldest of all time. That doesn’t bode well for Denver’s chances to win it all unless they figure out a way to perform in the cold.

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3. Seahawks' Defense

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The Seahawks have the best defense in the NFL, and they appear to be the kryptonite to the Broncos’ powerful offense. It remains to be seen which one will prevail at the end, but it’s impossible to count out a defensive unit that is able to put pressure on some of the top QBs in the game.

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2. Pressure To Prove They Are The Best

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The Broncos have been labeled as favorites to win the Super Bowl since the first day of the regular season, and they have done nothing to disprove that. However, that could doom them in the biggest game of the year. If they go down early, the pressure of having to come back could hurt their chances down the stretch.

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1. Recent History

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History does not determine the outcome of games, but it can always give a better idea of how things might go. In that sense, the Broncos aren’t a very good team playing under pressure situations. They already choked against the Baltimore Ravens last season and with similar weather conditions at the Super Bowl against a top-notch defense, they could be in line for another disappointment.