The polar vortex that has consumed the Midwest encapsulates the outdoor MetLife Stadium as Super Bowl XLVIII prepares to host the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.
The last time both top seeded teams in the NFL made it to the Super Bowl was in 2009, with the Indianapolis Colts achieving victory over the Chicago Bears with the now Broncos star quarterback, Peyton Manning.
Manning was predicted to never play another game of football after his spinal fusion surgery in 2011.
After losing out on a franchise tag from the Colts, Manning was released and was later signed to the Denver Broncos in 2011 under a 5-year contract for 96 million dollars.
Manning has had a stand out 2013 season as he broke the all time season passing touchdown record (55 TD’s), and became one of six players to throw 7 touchdown passes in a game, breaking the league passing record of 5,477 yards.
The Denver Broncos, led by Manning, also known as “The Sheriff,” will have to bring out their big guns as they step up against Seattle’s historically strong defense and their famously coined secondary, the “Legion of Boom.”
Richard Sherman, a cornerback that dubbed himself “the best in the league” after the NFC championship post-game interview with Erin Andrews, serves as a threat to the elite passing offense on the Broncos.
After a game-winning tip of the ball in the end zone against the San Francisco 49ers that sealed the fate of the Seahawks, Sherman went on a fueled rampage after 49ers receiver, Michael Crabtree, clubbed Sherman in the face.
“When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the results you’re going to get,” shouted Sherman, who visibly frightened Andrews.
With 8 interceptions on the season, Sherman and the Seahawks defense, aided by the 12th man (the Seattle crowd, which at full volume has registered a 2.0 on the Richter scale) will be a tough obstacle to overcome on February 2, 2014.
Gary Davenport of bleacherreport.com predicts a 31-27 victory for the Seahawks, yet the predictions are seemingly split 50/50 between both teams.
As Peyton Manning strives for enshrinement into the Hall of Fame, whether the Broncos will be able to overcome the dominant force of the Seahawks defense will remain a mystery until game day.
Prediction: Manning throws for 300+ yards, yet falls short of a victory to Seattle, 34-28. Marshawn Lynch takes MVP and leads the Seattle Seahawks to their first Vince Lombardi trophy in franchise history.