It wasn't much of a limb to go out on, but this is the game I predicted for Super Bowl XLVIII.
The NFL's best offense vs. the best defense. It's the matchup most of us wanted to see once the postseason was set. Forget the off-field stuff from Richard Sherman. Let's see how these guys match up on the football field this Sunday.
But first, let's recap. I did a post predicting the entire postseason. Let's see how I did:
In the AFC Wild Card round, I had the Colts and Chargers advancing in the Wild Card Round. Success!
In the NFC, I had the Packers and Eagles moving on. Yikes!
In the AFC divisional round, I had the Broncos beating the Chargers and the Patriots beating the Colts. In the AFC Championship, I picked Denver to beat New England. I had a perfect AFC bracket.
In the NFC divisional round, I had the Seahawks and Eagles advancing, with Seattle making it to the Super Bowl. That side of the bracket was a disaster, with Seattle being my saving grace.
So regardless of what I think of either team heading into Sunday, I can't back off from the Broncos. I picked the Broncos to beat the Seahawks when the playoffs were set to begin and I'm sticking with it. Peyton Manning may not have faced a defense as good as Seattle's this year, but the Seahawks haven't faced a receiving group like Denver's.
The saying that defense wins championship usually applies. But every rule has an exception. When Manning's your quarterback, an exception can be made.
No secondary in the NFL is as sound in their assignments, as well as their trust with one another, than the Seahawks. While some might see this game getting into the 30s, I actually think the score will be somewhat limited. Denver's defense has played better this postseason and will look to slow down Marshawn Lynch and the running game (a tough task in cold weather).
I'm not changing my pick now. I went with the Broncos early and I'm staying with them.
Prediction: Broncos 27, Seahawks 23