We are getting closer and closer to perhaps the best Super Bowl matchup in NFL history. The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are the two top seeds from their respective conferences, and that does not even begin to explain just how good this game could be.
The Broncos led the NFL in points scored, and are led by the best quarterback in the history of the league. On the other hand, the Seahawks have one of the top defenses in the history of the league. Their quarterback, Russell Wilson, is the perfect opponent for the veteran Peyton Manning, who has been there and done everything that Wilson is striving to accomplish.
Their differences are what make this matchup so special. One could argue that the road to Super Bowl XLVIII was one of the toughest we have ever seen. The best teams from the regular season represented their conferences, so everyone had to be at their best. Manning took down the smoking hot San Diego Chargers prior to finally overcoming one of the toughest challenges of his career — defeating the New England Patriots and Tom Brady when it mattered the most.
The Seahawks got past the surging New Orleans Saints and then went on to take down their biggest rivals, the San Francisco 49ers. Each of these teams brushed off any doubt that previously overshadowed their success, ensuring that there will not be any confusion as to who the best team is.
Both of these squads are loaded with talent but are polar opposites, which is something that is rare when it comes down to the final two teams competing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. We have been witnesses to some great games in the past, including last year’s matchup between the 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. Still, no one was expecting those games to be as competitive as they turned out to be.
The same could be said for the classic games between the Patriots and the underdog New York Giants. Although they were great games, everyone was leaning towards one side prior to the matchups taking place.
The story is completely different this time around. The world is split between two powerhouse NFL teams that are hungry to prove their doubters wrong. We are in store for one of, if not the greatest battle to ever take place on a football field.
Richard Sherman‘s actions as of late has drawn even more attention to the big game. He has brought another dimension to the game as only he could do. There are those who want to see his Seahawks do well in spite of the negative publicity targeting his character. Others want to see him fail horribly. None of the side stories and talk will matter once kickoff comes, but the hype meter is off the charts and may never reach this level again.
Hold on tight, because the road the Super Bowl is an extremely bumpy one and the landing will be even rougher.