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Seattle-Denver Super Bowl rare matchup of two best teams

Jan 20, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT

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Obviously, any Super Bowl that doesn’t pit the Philadelphia Eagles against the AFC representative is not the best possible matchup. In terms of who were the best two teams of the 2013-14 season though, this year the big game appears to have gotten it right.

For only the second time in the last 20 years, the No. 1 seed from the NFC will meet the No. 1 seed from the AFC when the Seattle Seahawks clash with the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2 at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands. It’s also the fifth time since the merger and first since 1990 that the NFL’s top-scoring defense will play the top-scoring offense.

This should finally answer one of football’s greatest questions—does defense still win championships, or is the NFL truly and completely a quarterback-driven league?

From a purely Philly perspective, it’s probably a stomach-able matchup for most fans.

Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and it’s not like he’s won “too much” with just the lone Super Bowl ring thus far. The Broncos are generally a pretty neutral franchise as well and it’s their first trip back the big stage since John Elway’s last hurrah in ‘98.

The Seahawks aren’t exactly fan favorites, outside of a few names Eagles fans may have liked the home team to land at one time or another—notably Russell Wilson and Earl Thomas. That being said, while they’re not the most likeable squad, it’s just their second trip to the Super Bowl and first since ’05.

Let’s face it, we’ve all been long sick of the typical New York/Pittsburgh/New England trio dominating the Super Bowl landscape.

I guess I’ll be rooting for Peyton, if for no other reason than I’d like him to finish his career with at least as many rings as his brother Eli has with the Giants. I tend to think Russell Wilson is a tad overrated, too, as he’s greatly benefited from the great defense and other complimentary pieces in Seattle.

Either way, I’m looking forward to what should be a great matchup. If nothing else, it’s nice to see the absolute two best teams from start to finish make it rather than the teams that got hot at the right time.

  1. City of Brotherly Mug - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Of course, the future Hall of Famer Nick Foles is in no way “a tad overrated.”

    • dubeedubeedu - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      Had Foles had the 49er defense this season the Eagles would be still playing. Until any of the young QBs win a Super Bowl or put up Marino/peyton numbers they are all over rated.

  2. psudrozz - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    seahawks would be such a likable team if it weren’t for pete carroll.

    • 2sentz - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      OK I’ll say it….think #25 greatly adds to the detestable mix in Seattle.

      But given how they got royally boned in their only other SB appearance I guess it’s OK for either team to prevail.

    • willh888 - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      Matt Stairs could coach that team and Richard Sherman would be just as unlikable

  3. ochospantalones - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Whew! I was worried Kulp had forgotten to keep up his anti- Russel Wilson jihad, but he snuck it in there at the end. I would have been gravely disappointed.

    • Trotter54 - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      A Jihad is a holy war……. even in using it to be funny, you sound dumb. Kulp is mounting a holy war against Russel Wilson, huh? “Campaign” would still make your point and you would not sound like a moron.

    • Cry About It - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Trotter54 doesnt understand idioms and is proof that this country has gotten way too politically correct. A soccer dad if you will.

      • ochospantalones - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        Trotter54′s attempted putsch must not be permitted to proceed unchecked! His reasoning is worse than Korematsu!

      • Trotter54 - Jan 20, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        No, I understand idioms and am not complaining that the comment was not PC, I could really care less. I understood the point he was trying to make and the use of the word Jihad was to make a joke, I just really think it was a really bad joke that just does not work.

      • ochospantalones - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM


      • Steve - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:27 AM

        @Trotter54 It’s “COULDN’T really care less.”

  4. Awkward for Erin Andrews - Jan 20, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Erin Andrews to Richard Sherman: “…who was talking about you??”

    That was awkward as shit.

    • Marvin Monroe - Jan 20, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      Actually, it’s one of the smoother post game interviews she has had.

      She’s been a bit of a train wreck since moving to Fox.

  5. Tim - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Considering your stat thumper I would think a guy with 3900 total yards 27 touchdowns and qb rating over 100 would be right up your alley. I don’t see what wouldn’t like about him. He’s a winner


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