Jim Mancari, ContributorEach week during the regular season, I took at look at the Giants’ media notes for the upcoming opponent.
With one week of footbal to go, here is a look at the Super Bowl media notes for both the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks,
The Broncos were hand down the best offense in the NFL this year, and the Seahawks were hands down the best defense. That should make for a great game Sunday.
This will be only the second Super Bowl since 1970 that the top-ranked offense meets the top‐ranked defense. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ top-ranked defense defeated the Oakland Raiders, 48‐21, in Super Bowl XXXVII.
Enjoy the last installment of “From the Media Notes” for this season:
– This game will be second time in the last 20 years that the top-seeded playoff team from each conference will meet in the Super Bowl. The only other time was Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints.
– Seattle and Denver were members of the AFC West for 25 seasons and have met 52 times in the regular season, the second most series meetings between Super Bowl opponents in history. Denver leads the series 34-18, and Seattle holds a 1-0 advantage in the postseason, a 31-7 victory in the 1983 AFC Wild Card game, which was the first playoff game in Seahawks’ franchise history.
-Pete Carroll in 2-3 all-time against Denver, and John Fox is 1-3 all-time against Seattle. In the last meeting between these two teams, Denver won 34-14 on Sept. 19, 2010.
Seattle Seahawks Notes
– It is Seattle’s second appearance in the NFL’s title game, reaching Super Bowl XL after the 2005 season, dropping a 21-10 decision to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Detroit’s Ford Field.
– This is the eighth time in the last 11 seasons that Seattle has qualified for the postseason. Seattle is 11‐12 all‐time in the postseason and holds a 9‐2 home record, 2‐9 road record and an 0‐1 Super Bowl record. Seattle has won its last seven home postseason games dating back to 2005.
– Marshawn Lynch owns four of Seattle’s seven 100-yard rushing performances in postseason history:
Marshawn Lynch, 140 yards vs. New Orleans (1/11/14)
Marshawn Lynch, 132 yards at Washington (1/6/13)
Shaun Alexander, 132 yards vs. Carolina (1/22/06)
Marshawn Lynch, 131 yards vs. New Orleans (1/8/11)
Dan Doornink, 126 yards vs. L.A. Raiders (12/22/84)
Curt Warner, 113 yards at Miami (12/31/83)
Marshawn Lynch, 109 yards vs. San Francisco (1/19/14)
Lynch needs five rushing yards to become Seattle’s postseason rushing yards leader (564, Shaun Alexander, 2003-2007)
– With a Super Bowl victory, Pete Carroll can join Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer as the only coaches to win a college football national title and a Super Bowl in their career. He would also become the third-oldest coach to lead his team to the NFL title. He will be 62 years, 140 days old on Feb. 2, 2014.
– Russell Wilson will be the sixth second-year quarterback to start a Super Bowl, joining Coli Kaepernick, Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, Kurt Warner and Dan Marino. Second-year quarterbacks have a 3-2 record. Wilson would also become the third youngest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl.
Denver Broncos Notes
– The Broncos are making their seventh Super Bowl appearance in franchise history and their sixth under owner and CEO Pat Bowlen — tied for the most by an owner in professional football history.
– Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway, who has been a part of six of Denver’s Super Bowl trips as either a player or executive, has overseen a team that has captured three consecutive division titles since he was hired in 2011.
– Head Coach John Fox is just the sixth head coach in NFL history to lead multiple teams to a Super Bowl.
– Broncos QB Peyton Manning is the third player in league annals to quarterback two different teams to the Super Bowl. The other two are Craig Morton and Kurt Warner.
– Manning owns the second-most regular-season wins (167) by a starting quarterback in NFL history, trailing only Brett Favre in that category.
– Denver’s offense has allowed zero sacks and the team has punted just once through two playoff games leading into the Super Bowl.
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