Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos got a 26-16 victory over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game and will square-off against the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 Super Bowl, after they got a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC Championship Sunday. Seattle will meet Denver for the NFL title in two weeks in the New Jersey Meadowlands. The Super Bowl will be a classic confrontation of Denver’s record-setting offense led by Peyton Manning against the NFL’s stingiest defense. Oddsmakers have faith in the Broncos as -2 point favorites over the Seahawks in the 2014 Super Bowl. It’s the first time the top seeds have gotten to the Super Bowl since 2009.
The measure of excellence these two teams have achieved for the past 20 weeks is outstanding! Seattle’s defense gave up a league-low 14.4 points and 273.6 yards per game this season. Denver scored an NFL-record 37.9 points per game, becoming the first team to top 600 points, and rolled to a league-high 457.3 yards per game.
The Broncos QB Peyton Manning threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns Sunday to lead Denver to its first trip to the NFL title game in 15 years. WR Demaryius Thomas made seven catches for 134 yards with one touchdown, while RB Knowshon Moreno had 14 carries for 59 yards. TE Jacob Tamme added to the Broncos scoring with a one yard reception. Making matters much worse, New England barely touched Manning all game long. He was knocked down once and hurried once, but he wasn’t sacked and at one point completed 19-of-21 passes. New England just never flashed the speed needed in its pass rush to get to Manning, and he wound up picking apart the Patriots’ over-matched secondary. Seattle won’t be so easy on Manning.
The Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 16 of 25 passes for 215 yards with a touchdown pass to WR Jermaine Kearse, while RB Marshawn Lynch had 22 carries for 109 yards with a touchdown. Seattle’s top-ranked defense forced two late turnovers and sacked Coloin Kaepernick twice.
While the Seahawks don’t have quite as many weapons as the Broncos, they will face the No. 27 passing defense in the regular season after dueling with the San Francisco 49ers’ No. 7 pass defense. Those are the matchups before even looking at the running game, which will be a focal point for both teams playing in likely freezing temperatures at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Both the Broncos and Seahawks have won once already this season in the Meadowlands, with Denver pouning the Giants 41-23 on a Sunday night Manning Bowl showdown in Week 2, and Seattle dominating the Giants 23-0 in Week 15. A return trip has seemed a distinct possibility for these clubs for a while now, with Manning vying for his second Super Bowl ring in his third shot at the game’s grandest sage, and Seattle’s Russell Wilson becoming just the sixth quarterback to reach the Super Bowl in either his first or second season.
Recent Trends to Consider and Super Bowl Odds:
Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Denver.
Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Seahawks are 13-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
Seahawks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing less than 150 yards passing in their previous game
Broncos are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
Broncos are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Seattle Seahawks vs Denver Broncos
When: Sunday Feb 2nd@6:30PM ET
Pick: Broncos -2
The Bottom Line: When it comes down to it in clutch situations, the Denver defense has proven that it can withstand great offensive attacks, and the offensive side of the ball has never been in question. While Wilson and the Seahawks defense have been great all year, Manning will be hoisting his second Lombardi Trophy for a Broncos team that will win its first Super Bowl since 1998. We recommend you signup with Carbonsports to receive a 10% signup bonus heading into the 2014 Super Bowl.