When (if?) 49ers fans get over their bitterness and anger over Sundays loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, they can look ahead to the Super Bowl and, like NFL fans in the rest of the country, realize what a great matchup it should be.
Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks. (Yes, we know, it hurts).
Its the NFLs top-rated passing offense vs. the top-rated passing defense.
So what wins a championship, offense or defense? Its a great debate in sports, especially in the NFL.
During the regular season, the Broncos averaged 340.2 passing yards (457.3 total yards) , and the Seahawks allowed 172 passing yards (273.6 total yards). En route to their 13-3 record, the Broncos scored 71 touchdowns (55 receiving) and 606 points (37.9 per game). The Seahawks, also 13-3, allowed 20 touchdowns (16 receiving) and 231 points (14.4 per game).
Can Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning put up points as he did during the regular season, or will Richard Sherman enemy No. 1 of 49ers fans and his Seahawks teammates shut him down?
The Broncos led the league in average scoring margin (12.4 points) and Seattle was second (11.1); they were the only two teams to top 10 points.
Oddsmakers have the Broncos favored by 21/2 points and the over/under is 48. Neither of last weekends championships exceeded 42 points.
If there are fewer than 42 points, figure the Seahawks win. If its a shootout something wed love to see it should go the Broncos way.
Who will win Super
Bowl XLVIII ?
• Denver Broncos
• Seattle Seahawks
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What should the NFL do about the point-after-touchdown kick?
• Leave it as it is: 53%
• Abolish it and award
seven points for
• Move the ball back to the 20-yard line: 29%
Total votes: 200