Broncos, Seahawks advance to Super Bowl
NEW YORK - Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning runs the NFL's No. 1 offense. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is a key cog in the NFL's No. 1 defense.
That intriguing matchup will be one of the main Super Bowl story lines when the AFC champion Broncos (15-3) play the NFC champion Seahawks (15-3) on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
It is the first NFL title game since 1991 pitting the team that scored the most points in the regular season against the team that allowed the fewest.
Providing quite a cap to the season, this marks only the second time in the last 20 Super Bowls that the No. 1 seed in each conference reached the NFL championship game.
The only other such matchup since 1994 also involved Manning when his Indianapolis Colts lost to the New Orleans Saints in 2010.
Manning does own one Super Bowl title already, having led the Colts past the Chicago Bears in 2007.
Already the only four-time NFL MVP, Manning can become the first starting quarterback to win titles with two franchises.
In a 26-16 victory over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday, Manning was pretty much flawless, going 32-of-43 for 400 yards with two touchdowns.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson provides a real contrast as he seeks his and the Seahawks’ first Super Bowl trophy.
Seattle's defense, led by Sherman, allowed an average of 14.4 points and 273.6 yards this season, both best in football.
On Sunday, the Seahawks forced three turnovers in the fourth quarter alone, including a victory-sealing interception by linebacker Malcolm Smith after Sherman stretched his left hand to tip Colin Kaepernick’s pass away from receiver Michael Crabtree in the end zone.