I tried a couple times last week to write a post recapping the NFC Championship, but it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. For starters, I was riding such an emotional high going in to that game that I’ve been hungover on football for the past week. I couldn’t bring myself to care about the Pro Bowl even, focusing instead on the 2014 Royal Rumble.
However, now that I’ve had an entire week to recover from the joys of making the Super Bowl and take some time away from football, it’s now Super Bowl week and that means I need to get this going again. We’re only six days away until the biggest game the Seahawks have ever played and I’m already getting antsy.
NFC Championship Recap
To quickly recap last Sunday’s game, before it become too distant a memory, the box score displayed some very similar statistics from each team:
- Each team had 11 offensive drives.
- Each team gained 308 yards.
- Seattle ran 54 offensive plays (5.3 yards per play), San Fran ran 58 (5.7 yards per play).
- Both teams scored just three points off turnovers.
- Both teams had eight first downs passing and one from penalties.
- San Fran was penalized 7 times for 65 yards, Seattle was penalized 8 times for 66 yards.
- San Fran threw 24 passes and rushed 28 times.
- Seattle threw 25 passes and rushed 29 times.
Previewing the Broncos
The upcoming Super Bowl should be decidedly less similar for both teams offensively as Seattle comes in with the league’s 17th-best offense while Denver’s is the best in NFL history. No seriously, if you haven’t checked out the eye-popping numbers for Denver this year look at their stats. Let me highlight the records broken or tied this season and some other interesting factoids.
- The Broncos set the NFL record with 606 points scored (37 ppg)
- Tied an NFL record with three games scoring 50+ points during the regular season
- Scored an record 76 touchdowns this season
- Peyton Manning set the record for touchdown passes with 55
- And set the record for passing yards in a season with 5,477 (342 ypg)
- Despite throwing the ball 675 times, they still rushed for 1,879 yards as a team.
- Five players scored double-digit touchdowns, Knowshon Moreno (10 rushing, 3 receiving), Demaryious Thomas (14 receiving), Julius Thomas (12 receiving), Eric Decker (11 receiving), Wes Welker (10 receiving).
- Five players had 60 or more receptions
- Eight different players caught a touchdown pass
That’s it for today; short and simple. Check back tomorrow and throughout the week when I introduce the Denver Broncos and tell you who to care about and highlight certain players to keep an eye on during the Super Bowl.
Is it Sunday yet? #GoHawks.