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Punt, Pass and Pick: Super Bowl Edition

29 January 2014 By Matt Hamilton, Associate Sports Editor No Comments

Matt: One year ago, Ray Lewis rode off into the sunset and I cried tears of joy. It’s hard to watch two other teams get a chance for glory like the Ravens did last year. Nonetheless, I have to suck it up and pick this dang game.

Peyton Manning has a chance to ride off into the sunset and prove all the haters wrong. Geez, it sounds pretty familiar. The way he’s throwing at 37 gives hope to those suffering from mid-life crises: you can still do great things even though the number of grey hairs on your head is rapidly increasing.

I’m a really big fan of cheesy endings (but not cheese) that make you feel all warm inside, so here’s to you Peyton.

Broncos 31, Seahawks 28

Glaze: It’s about to go down. There are a lot of exciting storylines surrounding Super Bowl XLVIII, but the showdown between the NFL’s top offense and defense is the biggest.

The Broncos’ offense has been unstoppable all season and the “Legion of Boom” consistently shuts down opposing offenses week after week. On paper, this looks like it’s going to be a great matchup.

When it’s all said and done, defense wins championships and the Seahawks have the stingiest defense in the NFL. I think that Richard Sherman and the defense will rise to the occasion and lead the Seahawks in their first Super Bowl win.

Unrelated side note: a Rihanna Super Bowl halftime show needs to happen. Soon. Why hasn’t it happened already?

Seahawks: 23, Broncos: 17

Thundercat: Peyton Manning touchdown. Marshawn Lynch touchdown. Manning touchdown. Russell Wilson touchdown.  Matt Prater field goal. Lynch touchdown. Manning touchdown. Prater field goal. Percy Harvin touchdown. Richard Sherman makes the game-winning play on Denver’s final drive.

“I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me. Don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick.”

Seahawks 28, Broncos 27

Tyler Beard: Well we have the top teams going at each other, as Manning and the Broncos take on Wilson and the Seahawks.

Manning set all the records this season and is trying to erase his reputation as a player who can’t come in the clutch in the playoffs.

The Seahawks are coming off a huge win against the 49ers, where Richard Sherman did his thing and let everyone know it.

My guess is the Seahawks shut down Manning, who has a bad history in cold weather games.

Seahawks 24, Broncos 21

Munch: For those of you who will watch/have watched our podcast on this, it will be no surprise to find out I am picking the Broncos to win this game.

Seattle’s offensive line has allowed 44 sacks this year, while Denver has given up just 20. Percy Harvin is going to be a factor in this game, but there is some serious concern over whether he can stay in the game for more than 15 plays. All it will take is one hard hit from Champ Bailey and he’ll be out of the game.

Russell Wilson has a bright future in this league, but Denver is just a more talented team than the Seahawks. But, I still think this will work out to be one of the better Super Bowls we’ve seen in a long time.

Broncos 30, Seahawks 27

Cody Boteler: You know, I really don’t follow football well enough to be writing anything at all like this. I don’t know any players or any stats about the teams.

But I do know a bit about animals. A bronco, you know, a wild, untrained horse, would stomp all over a tiny little bird.

The power of flight doesn’t have anything on the strength of a horse. Horses built the American West (kind of, I’m not a history major, so don’t quote me) and they’ll tear down the Pacific Northwest at the Super Bowl. Plus, Peyton Manning. If I’m remembering those Gatorade commercials from Nickelodeon correctly, Peyton Manning is pretty much unstoppable if he’s kept hydrated.

So, I don’t know. Colorado seems to have been doing pretty well for itself lately, so I’m putting my money on Denver.

Broncos 34, Seahawks 27

Daryllee Hale: Ok, before deciding if the Broncos or Seahawks are going to win, it’s probably best to first know what a sea hawk is.

It’s an osprey, a large raptor. A raptor with the power of the sky. So tell me how a bronco can take on a mean, agile, flying machine?

Sea hawks were built specially for catching prey. Horses eat grass. Sea hawks have barbs on their talons that ensure prey can’t escape and can see prey underwater from in the air. I’m not 100 percent sure how that would help in fighting a horse, but the point is that these birds are fierce predators who have adapted to survive for about 30 years each in the wild. I’m pretty sure that a horse couldn’t touch something that smart and, oh did I mention, IT CAN FLY. The birds were programmed to kill. (Fish, maybe, but I’m sure it could apply that knowledge to a bronco as well.)

Seahawks 42 – Broncos 34

Andrew Constant: The last time I made a Super Bowl pick for The Towerlight, I said that Rob Gronkowski would lead the Patriots over the Giants, “bum ankle or not.” Gronk finished with two catches for 26 yards and the Giants won 21-17. Welp.

This time, I won’t be as bold as I was then. I’ve learned in my post-graduate years that you never, under any circumstance, bet against Peyton Manning. Never. While I think Seattle is the better team, Peyton will be the best player on the field on Sunday in my home state.

A late touchdown from Manning to Demaryius Thomas wins it.

Broncos 27, Seahawks 24

Brandi Botallico: At first the Seahawks will take advantage of their flying capabilities and fly to the end zone repeatedly until an interception occurs when a clumsy butterfingers on the team drops the ball to the Broncos. The Broncos will just barely pull ahead with the lead because their offense will carry out a special play, in which they stampede the field. And those silly birds will just fly out of the way. Because let’s be real, how is a dainty little bird supposed to stop the likes of that.

Then while the Broncos are dominating, a gorilla used for Bruno Mars’ halftime escapes and runs onto the field. Then a snowstorm hits and the Broncos will win in the end.

Seahawks 17, Broncos 28

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