What to Expect on Super Bowl Sunday
The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will be facing off this Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey in Super Bowl XLVIII.
The Broncos walked into this postseason with the number one offense in the league. Many of the players thought that they should have done better last year, and they came to prove themselves this time around.
“We were working for this [since] we lost to the Ravens last year,” Broncos Defensive End Malik Jackson said. “It was one of those things where we had a chip on our shoulder. It kind of sucked to feel that way and nobody was happy.”
Broncos veteran quarterback Peyton Manning has had an illustrious career plagued by postseason woes. Manning has gone to the postseason more times than any player in history, but he also has more losses in the postseason than any player in history and has only made it to the Super Bowl two times previously in his career. He is one and one in the big game, but Manning is more focused on age than his records.
“We will be coming up on a 10-year reunion in just a couple years, which does make me feel quite old,” Manning said.
Manning is not the only Bronco who has lost a Super Bowl in the past however. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie lost one in 2009 with the Arizona Cardinals and Coach John Fox lost one in 2003 with the Carolina Panthers.
“It’s no fun to lose,” Fox said.
The Seahawks, though young and inexperienced compared to the Broncos, come off as extremely confident entering this matchup.
“I wouldn’t say anything concerns me [about the Broncos’ defense,]” Seahawks Wide Receiver Golden Tate said. “I honestly feel like we’re going against the best defense on a daily basis in practice.”
The Seahawks defense is number one in the league, and Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas knows that he will be matched up against Seahawks corner back Richard Sherman. Sherman is someone who many consider to be the best in the league at his position.
“It will be a physical matchup, because we’re both competitors,” Thomas said. “If it happens to be me and him going against each other, it will probably be one of the best ever.”
The Seahawks defense comes off as intimidating not only because of their skill, but because of their unity.
“They are constantly high-fiving each other and picking each other up off the pile,” Manning said. “You see safeties talking, you see linebacker talking to corners and linebackers talking to defensive linemen. That just jumps out on the game film.”
This Super Bowl is already being discussed as one of the best in history. The best offense will take on the best defense and battle-hardened veterans will take on young stars. The team that wins this game will go down as team full of all-time greats in the world of football.
Some information courtesy of CSNBaltimore.com