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Top 10 Players in Super Bowl XLVIII

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Top 10 Players in Super Bowl 48

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Super Bowl 48 is full of Pro Bowlers and superstar players, so it was hard to narrow it down to just 10 players who can have a huge impact in this historical matchup. When the No. 1 rated offense and No. 1 rated defense face off, it's not that hard to find good players to throw out. Some great players where left off this list and could arguably be added.

With the likes of playmaker Percy Harvin and future Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey in the mix, who knows what can happen in this matchup and who exactly is the x factor. What I do know is the Super Bowl will be decided by one or multiple players that are on this list. It is evenly split between five Denver Broncos players and five Seattle Seahawks players. Which I feel is fitting considering how good the matchup is.

Get ready, folks, because this Super Bowl is possibly the greatest matchup we may ever see. Both teams being No. 1 seeds in their respective conferences and being polar opposites is something special. If you're a true football fan, this is the mouth watering matchup you wanted. The best teams in the NFL matching up against one another. Nobody snuck in and upset a team to make it here. This was and is the best possible matchup to end the 2013 regular season. Who ever wins very much earned the right to be called the world champions.

So here it is. The top 10 players who can make a difference in this year's Super Bowl.

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10. Matt Prater

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I know what you're thinking. A Kicker? Really? But let me plead my case. Matt Prater is not your average NFL kicker. Not only did he set the NFL record when he booted a 64 yard field goal in the win over the Tennessee Titans this season, but he is 25-26 in field goals attempted on the year. Don’t sleep on Matt Prater's impact in this game.

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9. Kam Chancellor

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Chancellor was 3rd on the Seattle Seahawks this year with 85 tackles on the year and 3 Interceptions. He brings the Physical play on the Seahawks defense aka Legion of Boom.

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8. Terrance Knighton

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Have you heard of Pot Roast? I’m not talking about the crock pot meal your mother cooks on occasions. I’m talking about the 6-foot-3 and 330 pound man who holds down the Denver Broncos defense. Dude is a beast and could be a huge factor in holding one of the top guys on this list to a minimal day.

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7. Earl Thomas

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Safety Earl Thomas ranks second on the Seahawks defense with 98 tackles and five interceptions, which are career-highs. Plus, he tied for fourth in the NFL in those categories. You cannot overlook this guy based on his size. He will crush you with his speed and quickness.

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6. Julius Thomas

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Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham and Tony Gonzalez are some house holds names you may have heard of. Other than being stud tight ends in the NFL, you may be shocked to find out they all played college basketball before becoming stars in the league. Julius Thomas is still young and raw, but he is a legit game changer. At 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, Thomas is a huge tight end with speed in the open field. He finished the season with 65 receptions and 12 touchdowns.

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5. Russell Wilson

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How do you not like Russell Wilson and his competitiveness? In only his second season in the league, Wilson has led his team to a chance to win the Super Bowl and broke the NFL record for most wins by a quarterback in his first two seasons with 23. Wilson can pass, run and makes very few mistakes to keep his team in the game. Without the big name targets to throw to and Percy Harvin being out for the entire season, Wilson has stepped his game up and led the Seahawks to New York.

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4. Demaryius Thomas

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Peyton Manning’s go-to guy, Demaryius Thomas is a fast and big Wide Receiver. At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, it doesn’t matter if you throw it to him over the top, on a bubble screen or on a quick slant. He poses a threat to any defense in the NFL. Thomas was second in the NFL with 14 touchdowns and had 92 receptions for 1,430 yards. If it weren’t for Calvin Johnson, we could be talking about arguably the best wide receiver in the league.

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3. Marshawn Lynch

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Beast Mode. Marshawn Lynch is one of the best running backs in the league and is a huge reason why the Seahawks are playing in the Super Bowl. With a career-high 13 touchdowns and 1,257 yards on the season, Lynch can single-handedly take a game over and carry the offense on his back. Safe to say that those may not be skittles he’s eating on the sidelines.

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2. Richard Sherman

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The leader of the Legion of Boom. The only thing that anyone can talk about leading up to this game and the best cornerback in the league, Richard Sherman is all that and more. Sherman led the NFL with eight interceptions and led his team with 18 passes deflected. Tied with Ed Reed for the most interceptions in a player's first 47 games at 20, Sherman looks to be a staple in the NFL for years to come. It looks like Sherman will be almost certainly locked up with Demaryius Thomas for the entirety of this game, so look out.

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1. Peyton Manning

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Arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, Peyton Manning, of course, is No. 1 on this list and not just for his house hold name. Manning just finished having the best season ever for a quarterback, throwing 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards, which were the best in the league. Not to mention, NFL records. If the Denver Broncos are to win their third Super Bowl, Manning will have to be the guy he has been all season. This was a no-brainer, but it won’t be an easy task going against the ferocious Seahawk secondary.