It’s the pageantry. It’s the lights and never ending interviews and talk about legacies. It’s the eye-popping and stunning commercials, complete with a star-studded halftime performance.
It’s the final game of an NFL season that all culminates in the winning team hoisting up the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
It’s the Super Bowl.
Viewed in a multitude of American households last year, it is one of the most popular events in sports.
This will be the first cold-weather Super Bowl and it takes place in East Rutherford, N.J., close to New York City. The stage is as big as ever — and it’s now set.
This year is one of the most anticipated games in recent memory, as it features a matchup of the Denver Broncos, led by Peyton Manning, and the Seattle Seahawks and All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.
Each team was the respective top seed in its conference going into the playoffs with both boasting a 13-3 record.
However, each team sports an entirely different brand of football.
The Broncos performed at an all-time high level, having the highest scoring offense in NFL history as Manning threw for 55 touchdowns. Denver moved smoothly through the playoffs, continuing their season long roll.
The Seahawks are built differently, relying on the No. 6 running game led by back Marshawn Lynch.
It appears to be a matchup of strength versus strength, so it will be interesting to see who breaks first — and who can end up taking home the title.