As Super Bowl XLVIII nears, find out how the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks matchup head-to-head.
John Fox vs. Pete Carroll
John Fox has 25 years of NFL coaching experience behind him, and is in just his third year as head coach of the Denver Broncos. Before joining the Broncos he spent nine years as the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. Fox has been on coaching staffs in two previous Super Bowls. While the Broncos put together a 13-3 season and rewrote the NFL offensive record books, Fox made headlines for his health this season. He underwent heart surgery during the team’s bye week to correct a pre-existing condition. In his absence, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio led the team to a 3-1 record through its arguably toughest stretch of the season.
Pete Carroll, in his fourth season with the Seahawks, brings 18 years of NFL experience and 19 years of collegiate experience to the team. Before coming to Seattle, Carroll was most recently the head coach at USC. In the NFL, Carroll served as New England’s head coach from 1997-1999.
Peyton Manning vs. Russell Wilson
Peyton Manning has rewritten the quarterback record books this season. In just his second season back (and second with the Broncos) after sitting out a year while undergoing four surgeries to treat a neck injury, Manning threw for an NFL record 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards during the regular season. Manning is 1-1 in the Super Bowl throughout his 16-year career, winning a title in 2006 with the Indianapolis Colts.
Russell Wilson is playing in his first Super Bowl in his just second season as an NFL quarterback. Wilson grew up watching Manning – he even worked with the veteran quarterback at his family’s Manning Passing Academy. Now he will face him with a Super Bowl title on the line. This season Wilson recorded 26 touchdowns and 3,357 total yards.
Knowshon Moreno vs. Marshawn Lynch
Broncos rusher Knowshon Moreno ran for 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns during the regular season. He suffered a rib injury against the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship, but is expected to play in the Super Bowl.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is in his seventh NFL season. He rushed for 1,257 yards (sixth-best in the NFL) and 12 touchdowns during the regular season.
The Broncos bring a tough receiving corps into the Super Bowl. Four receivers have tallied at least 10 touchdowns during the regular season. Demaryius Thomas led the team with 1,430 receiving yards (fourth in the NFL) and 14 touchdowns. Eric Decker tallied 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns. Wes Welker recorded 778 yards while hauling in 10 TDs, and Julius Thomas tallied 788 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.
The Seahawks top receivers are Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. Tate tallied a team-high 898 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Baldwin recorded 778 receiving yards and five TDs.
The Broncos defense has been a question mark throughout the season, but has been on an upswing in the postseason. Denver ranked 19th in total defense during the regular season, allowing 356 yards per game and 24.9 points per game. The Broncos ranked 27th in pass defense, allowing 254 yards per game in the air to their opponents. However, they are stronger against the run, ranking No. 7 in the NFL after allowing 101.6 rushing yards per game.
The Seahawks boast the league’s stingiest defense. They allowed 273.6 total yards per game and just 14.4 points per game during the regular season. Seattle was also No. 1 against the pass, allowing just 172 passing yards per game. Seattle tied with Denver during the regular season in rush defense, also ranking seventh in the league with 101.6 rushing yards allowed per game.