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Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos
will face the best defence they ve met all
season when they play Richard Sherman s
Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
It will be a matchup between the NFL s
No 1 offence, led by Manning, against the
NFL s No 1 defence led by Sherman, when
the AFC s Broncos (15-3) take on the NFC s
Seahawks (15-3) on February 2 at MetLife
Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
According to STATS, it s the first NFL
title game since 1991 pitting the team that
scored the most points in the regular season
against the team that allowed the fewest.
Providing quite a cap to the season, this
marks only the second time in the last 20
Super Bowls that the No 1 seed in each con-
ference reached the NFL championship
game. The only other such matchup since
1994 also involved Manning: His Indianapo-
lis Colts lost to the New Orleans Saints in
Manning does own one Super Bowl title
already, having led the Colts past the Chicago
Bears in 2007.
Already the only four-time NFL Most
Valuable Player---and expected to earn a
fifth such honour when awards are
announced the night before the Super
Bowl---Manning can become the first starting
QB to win titles with two franchises.
In a 26-16 victory over Tom Brady and
the New England Patriots in the AFC cham-
pionship game Sunday, Manning was pretty
much flawless, going 32 of 43 for 400 yards
with two touchdowns.
And now, inevitably, the two-week
buildup until the Super Bowl will be mainly
about Manning, just as this entire season
has. He is, after all, the player who set NFL
records by throwing for 55 touchdowns and
5,477 yards, helping Denver lead the league
with 37.9 points and 457.3 yards per game.
He is, already, an inescapable pitchman,
seen Sunday after Sunday during TV com-
mercials. Hey, there he was on the screen, selling
cars, during the broadcast of the NFC title game.
Expect even more face time now.
Manning s oft-told tale, certain to be repeated a
million times in the coming days, includes his come-
back from a series of surgical procedures to his neck,
attempts to cure problems that led him to sit out
the entire 2011 season and led the Colts to send him
Against the Patriots, Manning s offence scored on
six consecutive possessions, accounted for more than
500 yards, had zero turnovers and zero sacks.
Mannings opposite number in two weeks, Seattle
quarterback Russell Wilson, provides a real contrast
as he seeks his---and the Seahawks ---first Super Bowl
Manning is 37, in his 16th NFL season, a prototypical
pocket passer who was a No 1 overall draft pick after
a stellar college career. Wilson is six inches shorter,
12 years younger, a skilled scrambler in only his second
pro season after slipping to the third round of the
draft; he s a guy who had to transfer colleges to get
playing time and thought about pursuing a baseball
Clearly, Wilson picked the right sport.
Seattle s defence, led by Sherman, allowed an aver-
age of 14.4 points and 273.6 yards this season, both
best in football. That unit also led the NFL in take-
aways. On Sunday, the Seahawks forced three
turnovers in the fourth quarter alone, including a
victory-sealing interception by linebacker Malcolm
Smith after Sherman stretched his left hand to tip
Colin Kaepernick s pass away from receiver Michael
Crabtree in the end zone. (AP)
Manning's Broncos to face Seahawks in Super Bowl
Lauryn Williams and Lolo Jones have been select-
ed for the US bobsled team that will compete in
next month s Sochi Olympics.
They are now positioned to join a group of eight
other Americans who have competed in both the
Summer and Winter Games. Williams is a three-
time summer Olympian who helped the US win a
gold medal in the 400-metre relay at the London
Games. Jones is a two-time veteran of the summer
games in the 100-metre hurdles, missing out on gold
in Beijing after a late stumble.
Jones, Williams and Aja Evans were the three
women chosen out of a six-woman pool for the push
athlete spots, that word coming at a team meeting
where half the candidates saw their Olympic dreams
realised and the other half saw them come to a quiet
"I was definitely very nervous entering the room,"
Jones said. "I m usually used to looking up at a screen
after I cross the finish line to see the results. You re
just like anxious, armpits are sweating, don t know
what s going to happen."
Jones was one hurdle away from winning gold at
the Beijing Olympics, then finished fourth at the
London Games. Looking for a break from the spotlight
but not sports, she turned to bobsled in the fall of
2012, winning a World Cup medal in her first race
and quickly announcing herself as a legit Sochi con-
Then she recruited Williams after the 2012 400-
meter relay gold medalist and former world champion
sprinter retired from track, talking her into the bobsled
And all Williams has done as a rookie is help the
US win three medals in her four World Cup races,
including a gold on Sunday.
"I joined bobsled just to be a helper and to add
positive energy to the team," Williams said. "If my
name wasn t called, I wasn t going to be upset. I ve
enjoyed this journey. I ve enjoyed getting to know
everyone. I ve enjoyed the challenge." (AP)
picked for US
Olympic bobsled team
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