Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks Advance to Super Bowl

The two teams will meet at Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2

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Correction appended: Jan. 20, 2014, 12:10 a.m. E.T.

The Denver Broncos will face off against the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey on Feb. 2.

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos advanced after defeating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the American Football Conference championship. The Broncos dominated early in the game, keeping New England from scoring more than three points until after halftime. The Patriots staged a late-game comeback, scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter. But Denver’s defense ultimately shut Brady down, leading to a 26-16 Broncos win.

The National Football Conference battle in Seattle, on the other hand, was anybody’s game until the final drive. The San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick were driving down the field with just minutes left to play, needing a touchdown for the win. Kaepernick threw a pass intended for receiver Michael Crabtree in the end zone, but the ball was tipped by the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman and then picked off by Malcolm Smith. That interception effectively ended the game, sending Seattle to the Super Bowl.

The Denver Broncos have been to the Super Bowl six times, winning back-to-back championships in 1998 and 1999. The Seattle Seahawks made one appearance in 2006, but lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

An earlier version of this article misstated how many times the Denver Broncos have been to the Super Bowl. They have been to the Super Bowl six times.

4 comments
rutnerh
rutnerh

Tom's poor performance in mile- high Denver may be due in part to 2 factors both related to the thinner oxygen depleted air: lower body energy and impaired brain function thus getting tired sooner (much worse at higher altitudes, e.g. in mountain climbers compared to sherpa guides) and effect on ball trajectory with possible tendency to overthrow. Both these factors obviously had lesser lmpact on the Denver acclimated Peyton and his team. The Superball game in the swamps of the Meadowlands will be a better test of Peyton's ranking.

EddieTang
EddieTang

@rutnerh If this is the reason that the Patriots lost, then wouldn't the Broncos be undefeated at home since the franchise started and continue forever? Pretty poor excuse. Sure it had some impact, but we are talking about very in shape grown men who were receiving oxygen after every play. I live at 11,400 feet in elevation and don't ever have a problem. Denver is only at 5,000. 


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