It’s hard to imagine Peyton Manning coming up short in the Super Bowl in a few weeks. This is his third trip to the big game and it could possibly be his last. He won the first Super Bowl he played in when the Colts beat the Bears in Super Bowl XLI in 2007, but lost in his second trip to the Saints in Super Bowl XLIV in 2010.
This is the first time Manning has made the big game while not playing for Indianapolis. Denver have been favorites to represent the AFC all year long and sure enough Peyton and the rest of the Broncos team came through.
On the other end you have a Seattle Seahawks team that was also favored most of the year to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.
The Seahawks had a great season last year and came into this year as one of the favorites, showcasing a ferocious defense and a solid young quarterback.
It certainly is hard to imagine Manning, one of the best quarterbacks of all-time, losing in what might be his last shot at a Super Bowl title but if there is a team (and particularly a defense) that could give Manning and the rest of the boys from Denver a run it would be Seattle.
The Seahawks defense is flat out nasty; they have been touted as the best defense in the league and have oftentimes proven to be so. The “Legion of Boom” is led by the fiery defensive back Richard Sherman who’s post-game interview is now going viral around the world. Sherman is arguably the best defensive back in the league and will now have the toughest test of the season – playing against Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl.
The most compelling matchup to watch is the Denver offense vs. the Seattle defense, the league’s best offense vs. the league’s best defense, the league’s best quarterback vs. the league’s best defense.
Manning and the Broncos have only lost three games this year to the Colts, Patriots, and Chargers —which were all playoff teams. The Seahawks have also only lost three games this season to the Colts, 49ers, and Cardinals. So it is pretty clear that this is a worthy matchup for the Super Bowl to host.
The number one seed from the NFC and the number one seed from the AFC, it simply doesn’t get much better than that. In fact, the likely hood of these two teams making it (even though they both had home field advantage) was so rare, were fortunate to get these two teams in the big game.
But at the end of the day it will come down to Peyton Manning. Is he going to come out and ensure his team wins the Championship? Is he going to do everything he can to get his second Super Bowl?
Manning is getting old and even though the Broncos are a great team they may not make it back to the big game in this era with Manning at the helm.
Russell Wilson is super young and has a great young team that could potentially return again in the years to come. So who will get the edge?
At the end of the day, Manning will find a way to win. He is simply too great of a quarterback to not win this game. And if somehow he comes up short, it might tarnish his legacy in years to come, even just slightly.
Tyler Rollason is a Winder-Barrow High School graduate and mass communications major at the University of West Georgia. He writes a weekly sports column for the Barrow Journal. You can e-mail comments about this column to firstname.lastname@example.org.