Next stop, New Jersey.
The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos are heading for Super Bowl XLVIII. The top seeds in their respective conferences, the Seahawks and Broncos prevailed on their home fields on the NFL's Championship Sunday. When the teams meet at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, Richard Sherman and the Seahawks' No. 1 defense will attempt to slow down Peyton Manning and the Broncos' No. 1 offense in a classic matchup of strength vs. strength.
Manning and the Broncos dispatched the New England Patriots 26-16 in the AFC Championship Game in Denver. In the NFC title tilt, the Seattle Seahawks outlasted the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in a back-and-forth battle that came down to the final minute.
Manning will be making his third career Super Bowl appearance and looking to lift the Lombardi Trophy for the second time. Having won Super Bowl XLI with the Indianapolis Colts, Manning has a chance to become the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win the Super Bowl with multiple franchises.
"Being in my 16th season, going to my third Super Bowl, I know how hard it is to get there," Manning said after the Broncos captured the AFC's berth in the big game.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will arrive at MetLife Stadium with a slightly different perspective. In just his second season out of Wisconsin, Wilson has piloted the Seahawks to their second Super Bowl berth in franchise history.
"It's quite a magical moment," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters after his team's thrilling win. "You can't quite grasp the reality of it. Is this really happening? Did we really do this? You know? It's very, very special. I know for the young guys, too. From the young guys to the old guys, too, we all got to share in that. It was very special. It's a big moment for everybody. I think everybody sees it differently but it just was very magical to know, OK, we're going."
The Super Bowl will be played on Sunday, Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. It will be the first outdoor Super Bowl ever played in a cold-weather city. The AccuWeather forecast for Super Sunday available shortly after the Seahawks' win called for a high of 37 degrees and a low of 25 with a possibility of rain and snow showers.
The Seahawks were initially installed by Las Vegas sports books as 1- to 2-point favorites over the Broncos, reported the Las Vegas Sun, but it only took 15 minutes for early bettors to show a strong preference for the Broncos.