Broncos vs Seahawks could join Super Bowl thriller list

Sat Feb 1, 2014 3:38pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - With record-setting quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos matched against the fierce defense of the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday's Super Bowl has the potential to join a long list of title game thrillers.

The last three National Football League championship games, in fact, have been nail biters with the Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants and Green Bay Packers winning by a cumulative 13 points.

Denver, making their seventh trip to the Big Game, are back at the Super Bowl for the first time in 15 years, while a young Seattle team strive to win the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in the history of the franchise.

Manning set single-season records for most passing touchdowns and passing yards, while the Seattle secondary, led by NFL interception leader Richard Sherman, lifted the Seahawks to the top of the turnovers list.

The contrasting styles of the teams, who meet at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, could make for a classic, like these selected by decades since the inaugural Super Bowl that concluded the 1966 season.


Super Bowl 3 (January 12, 1969 - Miami)

New York Jets 16 Baltimore Colts 7   Continued...

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (L) looks over the field as he sits on the bench with tight end Joel Dreessen (81) during their "walk-through" session for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, February 1, 2014. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine