Super Bowl XLVIII Preview: The battle of NFL’s best offense and defense

Joey Schneider

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Although few winter traditions exist following Christmas and New Years’ Day, people will have plenty to cheer about on Sunday, Feb. 2. Many Americans will be hyped predicting around predicting two occurrences: Whether if Groundhog’s indicates a shorter or longer winter and the outcome of Super Bowl XLVIII.

In a clash involving NFL’s best two teams by record from the 2013 season, the AFC Champion Denver Broncos will square off against the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks. Taking place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, some forecasts call for snowy conditions during this well-anticipated matchup against football’s elites.

“I love watching competitive football and making squares [betting charts] on Super Bowl Sunday,” said junior Payton Nothdurft. “The fact that Peyton Manning is facing a tough defense makes this matchup much more exciting.”

The Denver Broncos have punched a ticket to the playoffs for four consecutive years, even though this game is the team’s first Super Bowl matchup since 1999. While famous quarterback Peyton Manning shattered NFL records for touchdowns and passing yards, the Broncos path to the Super Bowl wasn’t easy considering how much their rivals (Chiefs, Chargers, Patriots) improved from last year.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks are no stranger to NFL playoffs, for the team has found a spot in postseason in seven of their last ten seasons. However, given their rivalry with the local St. Louis Rams and recent negative press portrayals of Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman, many football fans around Pattonville may choose to root against them on Sunday.

Junior Ben Floyd is “pumped for the matchup” even though he expected different finalists at the start of the playoffs. He prefers the Broncos to win, but would “be satisfied with a strong effort and close game” from both teams.

Assuming no setbacks, the game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. and will air on FOX. Will Peyton Manning cap off his historic season with his second Super Bowl title or will the Seahawks end up with their first Super Bowl win in franchise history? Stay tuned football fans and score a touchdown by checking out analysis of both contenders in the infographic below.

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