Super Bowl 48 Preview: Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks

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SB Nation 2014 NFL Playoff Coverage

Seattle Seahawks
Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 4:30 pm MT
Denver Broncos

AVG. YDS (RNK)

TEAM CATEGORY

AVG. YDS (RNK)

202.2 (26th) Pass Off. 340.2 (1st)
136.8 (4th) Rush Off. 117.1 (15th)
172.0 (1st) Pass Def. 254.4 (26th)
101.6 (7th) Rush Def. 101.6 (7th)
15-3 MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey 15-3
1st Seed Spread: Broncos -2.5 1st Seed
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Welcome to the biggest days of the year for the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. We are literally on the cusp of Super Bowl XLVIII between the leagues most dominate defense of 2013 and the most dominate offense in NFL history.

It's been 15 long years since the Denver Broncos have been to the Super Bowl, its second longest drought in its 54 year existence. This drought was different, though, as the Broncos have been among the leagues best when it comes to consistent winning year in and year out with just a handful of losing seasons since they last won the Super Bowl in 1998.

The journey from 1960 to 1977 was one filled with losing seasons and frustration, but that did not stop Broncomania from selling every home game out since 1970.

The Seahawks boast the Legion of Boom, but they've never faced anything like The Sheriff. It's a classic duel between the best player in NFL history and a bunch of underrated brash youngsters. The advantage has to go to Peyton Manning if only because he and the Broncos know they can score on any given drive, but if the Broncos start scoring the fragile confidence of the opposing defense could crumble under the onslaught.

I think this is exactly what happens. Broncos 38, Seahawks 16.

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