Dylan Barnes and Robert Schmidt

 

The Super Bowl is the biggest sporting event in America. This year’s game, (Super Bowl 48) is poised to be one of the most hyped in recent memory.

After 17 grueling weeks of regular season play and another three intense weeks of postseason games, the dust has finally settled. The two remaining teams are the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. They will face off at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey on Feb. 2.

The Broncos have had the number one offense in the NFL all year, greatly attributed to their quarterback Peyton Manning’s historic season. Manning re-wrote the record books in 2013-2014 with 55 touchdown passes and 5,477 passing yards, virtually assuring himself his fifth MVP award. Despite their quarterback having arguably the greatest individual season in NFL history, Denver will have to get in the trenches with a very talented and gritty Seattle defense.

The Seahawks’ defense was ranked first in the league in pass defense, total defense and scoring defense during the regular season. They also have themselves a young, athletic quarterback in Russell Wilson, whom many consider poised beyond his years. Eyes will also be on the controversial, yet extremely talented Seattle corner Richard Sherman, after his eccentric post-game interview after the NFC title game.

That is what makes this Super Bowl so compelling for football fans. A battle of the league’s best offense and the league’s best defense. The weather will also play a factor in Sunday’s game, as it will most likely be the coldest Super Bowl in history.

With the big game just around the corner, students all over campus have been buzzing with predictions. According to a recent poll, the majority of Chaffey students believe Peyton Manning will lead the Denver Broncos to victory. The Seattle Seahawks received 26% of the vote, while the majority 74% of students that were asked are leaning towards the Broncos. Denver is looking to win its third Super Bowl in franchise history, while Seattle hopes to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy for the first time in franchise history this Sunday.

 

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