Stats Aside, Which Franchise Has The Edge? Seattle Seahawks Vs. Denver Broncos

For just the second time in 20 years, the Super Bowl features a match-up of top seeds. Super Bowl XLVIII pits the best offense in the NFL against the best defense. The oddsmakers have made the Broncos slight favorites at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. You can’t turn on the television without a breakdown of what might happen on the field.

This preview looks at some factors that likely won’t influence the outcome of the game.

Seattle Seahawks
Denver Broncos
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First Season
Winner 1960
Super Bowl History
Season(s): 2005
Winner Season(s): 1977, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1997 (won), 1998 (won)
Total Offense/Defense Ranking
Winner 17/1
Winner 1/19
Most Famous Player
Steve Largent
Winner John Elway
Winner Taima (hawk); Blitz (human in bird costume)
Winner Thunder II (Arabian horse); Miles (human in horse costume)
Mascot Twitter Followers
6,217 (Blitz)
Winner 6,834 (Miles)
Marijuana Legalization
Winner Washington Initiative 502 (Nov. 6, 2012)
Winner Colorado Amendment 64 (Nov. 6, 2012)
Stadium Highlight
Winner Record-setting noise level
One mile above sea level

The Winner Is

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Winner Denver Broncos
7 out of 8

The Broncos get a significant edge here, but expect the actual game to be much closer.
-Andrew Kahn, CBS Local Sports contributor


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