Interesting Facts About Super Bowl XLVIII

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Interesting Facts About Super Bowl XLVIII

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The day has finally arrived. Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks is getting ready to kick off as fans around the world prepare themselves for the biggest sporting event in the world. There are massive storylines at every turn, while there are also plenty of interesting facts to amuse of the casual NFL fan.

Super Bowl XLVIII will be regarded as the biggest game in Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s career. How is that possible? Some say that Sunday’s big game will define his legacy. A win will make him the greatest player to ever live, while a loss should have little to no effect on his career when it is all said and done. The way I see it, win or lose Manning still put forth a remarkable performance in 2013, one that may never be duplicated.

"The numbers are ungodly," John Elway said, according to

"If two championships will solidify that in peoples' minds, great," Tony Dungy told "He's been as much of a factor on this offense as any quarterback in the history of football."

Meanwhile, the Seahawks are trying to do everything in their power to give their loyal fan base a reason to get even louder than usual. Even though all the attention appears to be on Manning and Denver, Seattle believes that have every reason to be in the conversation. And that was the very message Russell Wilson gave his football team.

"I remember my dad asking me one time, and it's something that has always stuck with me: 'Why not you, Russ?' You know, why not me? Why not me in the Super Bowl? So in speaking to our football team earlier in the year, I said, 'Why not us? Why can't we be there?'"

Check out the 15 interesting facts about Super Bowl XLVIII in the ensuing slideshow.

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15. Possible Record for Peyton Manning

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Only Craig Morton and Kurt Warner have taken two different teams to the Super Bowl, but each of them only won one of those games. On Sunday, Peyton Manning will have the opportunity to become the first quarterback in NFL history to lead two different teams to a Super Bowl win.

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14. Top Offense and Defense

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It has been 24 years since the No. 1 offense faced off against the No. 1 defense in the sport’s biggest game. The New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills in a memorable Super Bowl that decided the best team of the 1990 season.

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13. Broncos Trying to Avoid Dismal Record

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The Broncos will compete in their seventh Super Bowl, which ranks third most all-time. However, if they lose to the Seahawks it will be their fifth loss in the big game, which will be a NFL record.

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12. Peyton Trying to Match Eli

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In more ways than one, Peyton will try to accomplish what younger brother Eli already has. If Denver wins Super Bowl XLVIII, he will get his second ring, which will tie Eli for the most in the Manning family. On top of that, Peyton will try to win the big game on Eli’s home turf after Eli won Super Bowl XLVI in the house that Peyton built.

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11. Peyton Trying to Up His Pay

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Manning is the most profitable off-field player in the league. He currently receives $12 million in off-field income, which is the best in the NFL. Even though he already is the most marketable player in the league, a win in Super Bowl XLVIII will sky rocket his payday.

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10. Will Become Coldest Super Bowl on Record

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Super Bowl XLVIII will be played outdoors at MetLife Stadium. It will go down as the coldest Super Bowl on record as the predicted forecast is in the low 30s. The previous coldest Super Bowl on record was in 1972 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. The temperature was 39 degrees.

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9. Seattle Searching for a Championship

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The city of Seattle has not had the privilege of celebrating a championship in a major pro sport in the last 34 years. The last team to do it, other than the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, was the Seattle Supersonics in 1979.

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8. Pete Carroll Looking to Accomplish a Rarity

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If the Seahawks win, head coach Pete Carroll will become just the third coach in history to win a college football National Championship and a Super Bowl.

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7. Paul Allen’s Worth

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Seahawks owner Paul Allen is the richest owner in the NFL. In fact, his $15.8 billion net worth is 13 times more than that of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen. Along with the Seahawks, Allen also owns the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Sounders FC.

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6. MetLife Stadium Will Provide Comfort

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The Broncos and Seahawks both crushed their opponent in games at MetLife Stadium in 2013.

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5. Quarterbacks with Highest Selling Jersey

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It’s no surprise that Manning had the highest selling jersey in the NFL in 2013. However, what most people may not realize is that Russell Wilson came in at No. 2 on the list.

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4. A First for the National Anthem

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Renee Fleming will sing the National Anthem prior to kickoff of Super Bowl XLVIII. She will become the first opera singer to do so at the Super Bowl.

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3. Manning’s Experience

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Of all of the players appearing in the Super Bowl this year, Manning is the only one with a championship ring. In fact, no one on the Seahawks has even had the privilege of playing for a Super Bowl title. It will be interesting to see if Manning’s experience plays a role in the outcome.

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2. Broncos are Favored

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According to Bovada, the Broncos are favored by three points in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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1. Comparing Paychecks

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Players who have the luxury of being on the winning team will get a paycheck for $92,000, while players on the losing team get $46,000. Manning received a paycheck for $882,353 per week during the 2013 season, according to Forbes.