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January 31, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII Preview

by Leon Phanrana

The final game of the 2013-2014 NFL season takes place on February 2nd with Super Bowl XLVIII. The AFC champions Denver Broncos take on the NFC champions Seattle Seahawks. This game takes place in the New York/ New Jersey area at Metlife Stadium which is an outdoor stadium. So there is a chance that this Super Bowl could break the record for coldest Super Bowl ever which was set at Super Bowl VI at 39 degrees Fahrenheit. The forecast calls for 26 degrees Fahrenheit. Both teams play in cold weather so it should not affect them very much. The game is being broadcasted by Fox Sports with kickoff scheduled at 5:30 PM CST and the halftime show is Bruno Mars with guest the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. 

The Denver Broncos are lead by veteran Peyton Manning looking to win his second Super Bowl in what will be his third try and very high powered passing offense who is ranked #1 in the league this year. The Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers in the divisional round and the New England Patriots in the conference championship game. Their defense is not all that bad either they ranked #19 in the league this year. This team was one the most favorable picks to go to the Super Bowl all year now can they win it. This is their 7th Super Bowl appearance but their first one since 1999 in Super Bowl XXXIII which they won to claim back to back Super Bowl titles.

The Seattle Seahawks on the other hand is a young team but ready to win the big one. This team is in the Super Bowl for a reason and that reason is their defense which ranked #1 all year lead by their defensive backs which they call themselves the Legion of Boom. Their offense should not go unnoticed either which is lead by 2nd year starter Russell Wilson. This is their 2nd Super Bowl appearance ever in franchise history their last one was back in 2006 for Super Bowl XL which they lost. This team also has no players that have been in a Super Bowl previously so can this young team live up to their hype they had all year and bring Seattle their first Lombardi Trophy ever.

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