Why Super Bowl XLVIII has the makings of a classic and is unmissable

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Super Bowl XLVIII will take place on Sunday night (11:30pm UK Time), in what looks set to be a classic.

The Seattle Seahawks (15-3) take on the Denver Broncos (15-3) in New Jersey with the iconic Lombardi Trophy up for grabs.

The best defense in football will face up against the best offense at the MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and New York Jets.

There is no Cinderella story this year, as both number one seeded teams are set to battle it out to be named the best in football for the first time since 1993. On that occasion, Dallas thrashed Buffalo 52-17, and you can expect it to be a closer affair that that on Sunday.

Peyton Manning and his Denver offense have been sensational all season, scoring 656 points and 87 touchdowns in regular and post-season games, the most in NFL history.

Seattle have 49 touchdowns for the season, but their mean defense is where most of the damage is done, as they have allowed the fewest yards per game in the NFL.

Manning has been almost unplayable this season, as he has thrown 59 touchdowns in the regular and post-season games combined, an NFL record-high.

The former Colts quarterback has been the reason behind the Broncos success in the past two seasons, and they have gone from strength to strength this year under the pass-master.

Seattle have second-year, Russell Wilson at quarterback, quite the opposite to Peyton Manning with his athletic, evasive style of play difficult for opposing defenses to read.

Wilson has thrown 27 touchdowns all season, and has rushed for one himself. Though, he hasn’t been at his best for weeks now, and will need to produce a big performance on Sunday if Seattle are to be victorious.

Wilson is such a threat outside of the pocket, and opposing defenses find it hard to stop the athleticism of Wilson when he gets going. He has 555 yards on the ground up to this point, evidence that he can be effective with both his arms and legs.

At running-back, Denver will look to Knowshon Moreno to carry the team forward when Manning isn’t firing the ball all over the field.

Moreno has run for 1,179 yards and 11 touchdowns so far, and will be hoping to add to that tally on Sunday night. With so much focus on Manning, Moreno often has the chance to catch the defense off-guard.

For Seattle, Marshawn Lynch, known as ‘Beast Mode’ will be vital. The powerful running-back is unstoppable on his day, running for 1,506 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.

Lynch will see a lot of snaps again on Sunday, and the big occasion won’t put him off his game, as he has scored three touchdowns in the two playoff games already this year.

Much of Peyton Manning’s success this season can be put down to his frightening receiving core. Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas have all scored at least 10 touchdowns this season.

Their performances on Sunday will be where the game is won and lost, as Manning’s four offensive weapons have 50 touchdowns between them. If they can dominate the space downfield once more, Denver will win the Super Bowl.

However, they will have to win their individual battles against Seattle’s incredible secondary on defense, known as the ‘Legion of Boom’. This will be a fantastic battle to watch, and is where the game will be won, or lost.

Seattle will be boosted by the return of Percy Harvin at wide-receiver, after he looks to have recovered from the concussion he picked up against New Orleans a few weeks back.

Russell Wilson will look to throw to the likes of Harvin, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse on Sunday. The speed of the receivers can catch defensive secondaries out downfield, and Wilson can normally find his man when throwing deep.

The Denver defense will continue to be without Von Miller, whose presence has been missed, but they will still be confident of stopping Wilson.

The Broncos have recorded 47 sacks and 18 interceptions this season. Wilson has been sacked 51 times and he will need his offensive line to improve if he is to stay protected.

This could be a key battle, as so much emphasis has been placed on the Denver offense against Seattle’s defense, that many have forgotten about the reverse battle.

The worry for Denver will be that they have been unable to win turnover battles all season, and they have a ratio of -2 for the campaign. This is down to two turnovers in the post-season alone as they were +0 through the regular season.

Seattle thrive on turnovers, with an impressive ratio of +23 for the season. If they can force Manning’s offense to turn the ball over on Sunday, they will put themselves in a great position to win.

The Seahawks defense must continue to dominate, with so many playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. They have managed to sack the opposing quarterback 47 times, and must get to Manning on Sunday night.

Linebacker, Bobby Wagner will look to impose himself on Manning, who is well protected by his o-line. Manning has been sacked 18 times all year, but Wagner will make himself known to the veteran.

While the aforementioned ‘Legion of Boom’ will be so important to Seattle's chances. The ball-hawking trio of Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman will look to intercept every ball that Manning fires down-field.

The Seahawks have recorded 30 interceptions this season, with the controversial Richard Sherman leading the way with eight to himself. He could line up against Demaryius Thomas, in what would be another mesmerizing battle in this mouth-watering clash.

It is sure to be a memorable watch, and it’s almost impossible to call a winner. Offense versus defense. Manning versus the ‘Legion of Boom’. It’s the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos, and you do not want to miss Super Bowl XLVIII.

Super Bowl XLVIII will take place on Sunday night (11:30pm UK Time), in what looks set to be a classic. The Seattle Seahawks (15-3) take on the Denver Broncos (15-3) in New Jersey with the iconic Lombardi Trophy up for grabs.

The best defense in football will face up against the best offense at the MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and New York Jets.

There is no Cinderella story this year, as both number one seeded teams are set to battle it out to be named the best in football for the first time since 1993. On that occasion, Dallas thrashed Buffalo 52-17, and you can expect it to be a closer affair that that on Sunday.

Peyton Manning and his Denver offense have been sensational all season, scoring 656 points and 87 touchdowns in regular and post-season games, the most in NFL history.

Seattle have 49 touchdowns for the season, but their mean defense is where most of the damage is done, as they have allowed the fewest yards per game in the NFL.

Manning has been almost unplayable this season, as he has thrown 59 touchdowns in the regular and post-season games combined, an NFL record-high.

The former Colts quarterback has been the reason behind the Broncos success in the past two seasons, and they have gone from strength to strength this year under the pass-master.

Seattle have second-year, Russell Wilson at quarterback, quite the opposite to Peyton Manning with his athletic, evasive style of play difficult for opposing defenses to read.

Wilson has thrown 27 touchdowns all season, and has rushed for one himself. Though, he hasn’t been at his best for weeks now, and will need to produce a big performance on Sunday if Seattle are to be victorious.

Wilson is such a threat outside of the pocket, and opposing defenses find it hard to stop the athleticism of Wilson when he gets going. He has 555 yards on the ground up to this point, evidence that he can be effective with both his arms and legs.

At running-back, Denver will look to Knowshon Moreno to carry the team forward when Manning isn’t firing the ball all over the field.

Moreno has run for 1,179 yards and 11 touchdowns so far, and will be hoping to add to that tally on Sunday night. With so much focus on Manning, Moreno often has the chance to catch the defense off-guard.

For Seattle, Marshawn Lynch, known as ‘Beast Mode’ will be vital. The powerful running-back is unstoppable on his day, running for 1,506 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.

Lynch will see a lot of snaps again on Sunday, and the big occasion won’t put him off his game, as he has scored three touchdowns in the two playoff games already this year.

Much of Peyton Manning’s success this season can be put down to his frightening receiving core. Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas have all scored at least 10 touchdowns this season.

Their performances on Sunday will be where the game is won and lost, as Manning’s four offensive weapons have 50 touchdowns between them. If they can dominate the space downfield once more, Denver will win the Super Bowl.

However, they will have to win their individual battles against Seattle’s incredible secondary on defense, known as the ‘Legion of Boom’. This will be a fantastic battle to watch, and is where the game will be won, or lost.

Seattle will be boosted by the return of Percy Harvin at wide-receiver, after he looks to have recovered from the concussion he picked up against New Orleans a few weeks back.

Russell Wilson will look to throw to the likes of Harvin, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse on Sunday. The speed of the receivers can catch defensive secondaries out downfield, and Wilson can normally find his man when throwing deep.

The Denver defense will continue to be without Von Miller, whose presence has been missed, but they will still be confident of stopping Wilson.

The Broncos have recorded 47 sacks and 18 interceptions this season. Wilson has been sacked 51 times and he will need his offensive line to improve if he is to stay protected.

This could be a key battle, as so much emphasis has been placed on the Denver offense against Seattle’s defense, that many have forgotten about the reverse battle.

The worry for Denver will be that they have been unable to win turnover battles all season, and they have a ratio of -2 for the campaign. This is down to two turnovers in the post-season alone as they were +0 through the regular season.

Seattle thrive on turnovers, with an impressive ratio of +23 for the season. If they can force Manning’s offense to turn the ball over on Sunday, they will put themselves in a great position to win.

The Seahawks defense must continue to dominate, with so many playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. They have managed to sack the opposing quarterback 47 times, and must get to Manning on Sunday night.

Linebacker, Bobby Wagner will look to impose himself on Manning, who is well protected by his o-line. Manning has been sacked 18 times all year, but Wagner will make himself known to the veteran.

While the aforementioned ‘Legion of Boom’ will be so important to Seattle's chances. The ball-hawking trio of Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman will look to intercept every ball that Manning fires down-field.

The Seahawks have recorded 30 interceptions this season, with the controversial Richard Sherman leading the way with eight to himself. He could line up against Demaryius Thomas, in what would be another mesmerizing battle in this mouth-watering clash.

It is sure to be a memorable watch, and it’s almost impossible to call a winner. Offense versus defense. Manning versus the ‘Legion of Boom’. It’s the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos, and you do not want to miss Super Bowl XLVIII.

Predicted Score: Seattle 27-24 Denver

 Seattle 27-24 Denver

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