The Seattle Seahawks defense will face a Denver Broncos offense in the Super Bowl that has five players who have scored at least 10 touchdowns during the regular season.
Peyton Manning threw for 5,477 yards, 55 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He connected with wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on 14 TD passes in the regular season and two more in the postseason. Tight end Julius Thomas caught 12 TD passes in the regular season. Wide receiver Eric Decker caught 11 TD passes in the regular season. Slot receiver Wes Welker caught 10 TD passes in the regular season and one in the postseason. Running back Knowshon Moreno had 10 rushing touchdowns and three more receiving during the regular season.
“Nobody has ever taken more command of the game than he has, at this stage of his career,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Manning, via the Seahawks official website. “And the coaching staff has allowed that to happen, where he can be in total command of what’s going on. I think that’s great football, because guys have to play it.”
Manning completed 68 percent of his passes (450 of 659) during the regular season. With 630 yards and four more TD passes, he’s completed 72 percent of this passes (57 of 79), in two playoff games.
“The coaches do so much,” Carroll said. “We call everything for our guys. And most teams do that. We’re calling formations and plays, and you let them know what the options are and all that. That works well.
“But when the player’s doing that, now you’re delivering it right from the source of the guy who has to function. I don’t know if you can ask for more than that. I think it gives you the best opportunity, if you have the right guy, to get the most out of every play. I think that’s what Peyton is famous for now. He sees every defense. He knows all of his options. He makes his decisions all the way through the last second. Fixes it and changes it and adapts, to give him the best opportunity – what he feels he can do the best.”
Carroll is looking forward to the Feb. 2 matchup.
“This is thrilling to have a chance to go against the best guy that’s ever played,” he said. “This is a cool challenge.”