Super Bowl Sunday is approaching and the big game is almost here. The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will be playing for the Vince Lombardi trophy in the 48th edition of the game.
This is the ninth time in the history of the Super Bowl that the number one seeds from both the AFC and the NFC will face off in the big game.
Last time that happened, Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts lost to the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV when the Saints defeated the Colts 31-17.
The Super Bowl refreshes the old adage of what wins a championship: a high-powered offense vs. a top-notch defense.
The Broncos come into this game with the number one offense in the NFL. Led by Manning, receiver Demaryius Thomas and running back Knowshon Moreno, the Broncos averaged 457.3 yards a contest with 37.9 points scored a game.
The Seahawks enter the big game with the league’s number one defense led by cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas. Their defense gave up a league best 273.6 yards a game and a stingy 14.4 points per contest.
The Seahawks’ offense enters the game ranked 17th in the league, averaging 339 yards a game and 26.1 points per contest. Russell Wilson, in his second season in the NFL, will be facing the legendary Manning.
The 12-year difference in age is the biggest in Super Bowl history with Manning being the elder 37 years old and Wilson the up- and-comer at age 25.
The Broncos’ defense will need help stopping Wilson along with running back Marshawn Lynch. Denver’s linebacker Danny Trevathon leads the team with 125 tackles on the season.
Lynch comes into the game with 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Broncos give up 101.6 yards per game so this match up should be a key for either team to come away victorious.
The Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is making his first Super Bowl appearance, but he is not unfamiliar with title games as he was 3-0 in NCAA National title games with the University of Southern California.
The head coach of the Denver Broncos, John Fox, is making his second Super Bowl appearance. His first shot at the Super Bowl saw him and his Carolina Panthers suffer defeat to the New England Patriots 32-29 in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
The Broncos’ franchise record in Super Bowls is 2-4 in six appearances, while the Seahawks are 0-1 all time in the big game.
No matter what happens, this weekend should be one to remember.
Kickoff for Super Bowl XLVIII is slated for 5:30 p.m. central time on FOX.