Super Bowl XLVIII Seahawks vs Broncos
| Michael Bauer sports editor |
The most anticipated Sunday of the year is once again upon us. “Super Bowl Sunday” has become a national holiday for football lovers and for those who watch the spectacle just for the commercials and the halftime show.
Each Super Bowl is unique in its own way (at least the people at NFL Films will agree). From Eli Manning and the New York Giants beating the New England Patriots (both times) to John Elway’s winning touchdown drive in Super Bowl XXXII to Joe Namath’s “guaranteed” victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, the American spectacle delivers glory to the victors and agonizing defeat to the loser, all in front of the largest television audience in the U.S. for a sporting event.
This year the 48th edition of the Super Bowl pits the best offense in the league, the Denver Broncos, against the best defense in the league, the Seattle Seahawks.
Playing for its third Super Bowl title, the Broncos are led by a quarterback who’s no stranger to the prized Vince Lombardi Trophy, Peyton Manning.
Manning enters the game with a 68.3 percent completion rate and with 55 touchdowns next to his name so far this season. His top receiver is Demaryius Thomas. The wide receiver has 92 receptions for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns.
On the ground, Knowshon Moreno leads the Broncos’ rushing attack with 1,038 yards off 241 attempts.
Before John Elway’s back-to-back title with Denver in the ‘90s, the Broncos had never won a Super Bowl and the Seahawks are no different.
Seattle enters this game having been in only one other championship eight years ago when a Shaun Alexander-led Seahawks squad fell short to the Pittsburg Steelers in Super Bowl XL, 21-10.
Despite not having won a Super Bowl before, few people are surprised to see this team win the NFC.
The team is being led by quarterback Russell Wilson, the Seahawks’ offense with 3,357 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. Golden Tate leads the receiving attack with 64 receptions for 898 yards. Marshawn Lynch leads the rushing attack with 1,257 yards off 301 attempts at 12 touchdowns.
What’s made the Seahawks even better is their defense.
Seattle’s D leads the league in terms of yards and points allowed.
With Richard Sherman, who claims to be the “best cornerback,” leading the team in interceptions with eight and even getting one touchdown for himself and Bobby Wagner leading the team in tackles with 120, it’s hard to find a flaw in the Seahawks’ D.
If seeing the best offense vs. the best defense in the league or watching the halftime show, which will feature Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, doesn’t give you enough reason to tune in to this year’s Super Bowl then maybe weather could.
The setting for this year’s Super Bowl is Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. With no roof over it, Super Bowl XLVIII could be the coldest one yet. The current coldest Super Bowl was Super Bowl VI, when the game was played at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, La. The forecast for that game was 39 degrees. The temperature in East Rutherford hovers between 22 and 41 degrees, on average, during February, which is also the snowiest month on average for East Rutherford.
This weekend’s game is calling for a forecast (as of this past Sunday night, according to weather.com) of temperatures around the 30s and low 40s with no anticipation of major snow or ice storms.
But old man winter could still make things crazy for both teams as well as the fans who will brave the cold conditions.