Super Bowl 2014: All You Need To Know About The Denver Broncos And Seattle Seahawks

 @GP_IBTimes on February 02 2014 12:34 PM
Super Bowl XLVIII
Seattle Seahawk fans hold up signs, left to right, of cornerback Richard Sherman, running back Marshawn Lynch, quarterback Russell Wilson, and head coach Pete Carroll at Super Bowl Boulevard in New York's Times Square. Reuters

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.

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