Super Bowl XLVIII is just hours away, and there is tons of information to digest between now and kick-off.
Their matchup represents the very best the NFL has to offer. Each finished the regular season with 13-3 records. The Broncos' best offense in history against Seattle’s top defense of the season, capable of thwarting Denver quarterback and recently dubbed five-time MVP Peyton Manning’s surgical passing game.
Let’s take a look at all the key facts for each team, as well as the history behind the Super Bowl.
-Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium will be the first time a Super Bowl is played outside in a cold-weather city.
-Designed by 360 Architects, Ewing Cole, David Rockwell and Bruce Mau Designs, MetLife Stadium has a capacity of 82,566, more than 200 suites on four levels, and covers 2.1 million square feet. There are roughly 28,000 parking spaces.
-Tickets are still available, with the most expensive going for more than $294,000, and the lowest $1,700 on StubHub.
-The game kicks off at 6:25 p.m. EST and will be broadcast by Fox.
-Denver is 2-1 in Super Bowls all-time, winning their last two titles in 1998 and 1999.
-Seattle makes the second trip in franchise history since losing in 2006 to Pittsburgh.
-The Broncos scored a record 609 points, that’s 37.9 points per game, the most in league history for a single season.
-The Seahawks allowed 14.4 points and 273.6 yards per game, ranking them the No. 36 defense of all-time.
-Denver quarterback Peyton Manning threw a record 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 yards, averaging more than 342 passing yards per game.
-Manning is making his third appearance in the Super Bowl, and has a 1-1 record, with a win over the Chicago in 2007 and a loss to New Orleans in 2010.
-Denver’s Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker were one of just two sets of receivers to notch 1,000 receiving yards for the same team.
-Seattle was first in the NFL with 39 turnovers forced, with 28 interceptions and 11 fumble recoveries.
-Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was a third round draft pick in 2012, and has thrown 52 combined touchdowns in two seasons.
-Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch led the NFL with 12 rushing touchdowns, and has rushed for more than 1,000-yards in three straight seasons.
-Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman led the NFL with eight interceptions in the regular season.
-Denver head coach John Fox sports an 8-5 career postseason record, and last took Carolina to the Super Bowl, losing by three points to New England in 2004.
-Seattle head coach Pete Carroll is 5-4 in the postseason, and this is his first appearance in the Super Bowl. However he does have national title experience after leading USC to two consecutive championships in 2003 and 2004.
-The Broncos are favored by 2.5 points according to oddsmakers.
-The national anthem will be sung by Renee Fleming, the first opera singer to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl. The 54-year-old was awarded the 2012 National Medal of Arts by President Obama. Fleming has also won four Grammy Awards.
-The half-time show will feature pop singer Bruno Mars and rock group the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
-Commercials cost advertisers roughly $4 million per 30-second clip, with companies and brands like T-Mobile, Beats Music, Jaguar, Chevrolet, Budweiser, Axe, Chobani, H&M, and Coca-Cola.