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February 1, 2014

The Daily Star Super Bowl XLVIII Predictions

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The Broncos and Seahawks used to be rivals in the AFC West and played each other 50 times over a quarter-century — including a 1983 wild-card playoff victory for Seattle.

But since the Seahawks moved to the NFC in 2002, the teams have only played each other three times — 2002, 2006 and 2010. So we can’t draw much from the Broncos’ 34-19 series edge.

Both teams are even vastly different from 2010. The QBs in that game: Kyle Orton and Matt Hasselbeck. Now, the Seahawks have Russell Wilson under center, Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch in the backfield and Richard “Don’t You Ever Talk About Me!” Sherman in the secondary.

As for the Broncos? It’s all about Peyton Manning. When he arrived in Denver — even with a surgically repaired neck held together by toothpicks and bubblegum — the Broncos became instant title contenders. They are 26-6 in the last two regular seasons. He’s kept his teammates accountable — much like he did in Indy — and there’s a sense the team doesn’t want to let him down. He’s gotten past the bad rap that he’s not a “cold weather” quarterback. With gameday temperatures forecast to be in the 40s, it shouldn’t be much of a factor anyway. Plus, he’s had two weeks to prepare for the Seahawks vaunted D, which should be enough time to figure out its weaknesses.

Besides, if Colin Kaepernick’s throw to Michael Crabtree at the end of the NFC Championship game was 6 inches farther, I’m writing a different prediction and Richard Sherman isn’t as (in)famous.

I just wish the “other” Manning QB was playing in this game. And I don’t mean Archie.

Prediction: Broncos 28, Seahawks 24.

ROB GOBLE

Former Sports Clerk

My son, Jordan, has correctly selected the last two Super Bowl winners, but he’s actually giving me a say this year.

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