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Published: Jan. 26, 2014 at 11:49 a.m.
Updated: Jan. 29, 2014 at 12:55 a.m.

Mind-blowing stats for Super Bowl XLVIII

For only the second time in 20 years, the No. 1 seeds will meet in the Super Bowl. Can the numbers predict a champion when the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos? Find out with these 10 mind-blowing stats for Super Bowl XLVIII.

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    Cold-weather quarterbacks

    In the playoffs, Peyton Manning is 0-4 in games with a kickoff temperature under 40 degrees.

    The only game in Russell Wilson's NFL career when the kickoff temperature was under 40 degrees was at MetLife Stadium, Week 15 against the Giants. In that game, Wilson completed 66.7% of his passes for 206 yards, one TD, one INT and a passer rating of 86.3.

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    Age difference

    Peyton Manning (born March 24, 1976) and Russell Wilson (born Nov. 29, 1988) will set a record when they both start Super Bowl XLVIII. The age difference of 12 years, 250 days will be the greatest ever for a pair of Super Bowl starting quarterbacks. The existing record of 10 years, 253 days was set by Kurt Warner and Ben Roethlisberger in Super Bowl XLIII.

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    Passing leaders

    Peyton Manning is the fourth QB in NFL history to reach the Super Bowl after leading the NFL in passing yards and passing TDs. Tom Brady, Kurt Warner and Dan Marino also accomplished this feat, after the 2007, 2001 and 1984 seasons, respectively. All lost by a combined score of 75-47 in the three Super Bowls.

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    Point differential

    The difference between Denver's points scored and Seattle's points allowed is the largest gap between opponents in Super Bowl history. The Broncos scored 606 points in the regular season, while the Seahawks allowed 231 points, for a differential of 375 points. The next closest differential involves the 1984 Dolphins and 49ers, with a point differential of 286 points.

    The Broncos' 606 points are the most scored by a team in a single season in NFL history. Of the next eight teams on the all-time scoring list, not one went on to win the Super Bowl.

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    Preseason portent

    Prior to this season, the eventual Super Bowl teams have met in the preseason six times since 1994. The preseason winner won five of those six Super Bowls. Back in August, the Seahawks beat the Broncos, 40-10, in each team's second game of the preseason.

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    Super Bowl veterans

    Four players in Super Bowl XLVIII (all Broncos) have played in a previous Super Bowl. Of those four, Peyton Manning is the only one to have won the Super Bowl. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie played in Super Bowl XLIII with the Cardinals, recording five tackles and two passes defensed. Jacob Tamme primarily played on special teams with the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. Wes Welker played in two Super Bowls with the Patriots (XLII, XLVI), losing both to the Giants.

    The Seahawks don't have any players with Super Bowl experience. Teams without any players with Super Bowl experience are 2-5 (since Super Bowl II).

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    Targeting Richard Sherman

    Is Richard Sherman the best cornerback in the NFL? In the 2013 postseason, Sherman has been targeted by opposing quarterbacks only twice, allowing 0 receptions. When targeting Sherman in two matchups during 2013, Drew Brees had identical passer ratings of 39.6 in each game. Tom Brady's passer rating against Sherman is even worse - when New England visited Seattle in 2012, Brady's passer rating when targeting Sherman was 6.5. In three games, neither QB threw a TD when targeting Sherman.

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    Super Bowl receivers

    With 18 receptions in two Super Bowl appearances, Wes Welker averages more receptions in the Super Bowl than anyone in NFL history. Joseph Addai is next with 8.5 receptions per game in the Super Bowl. Jerry Rice averaged 8.25 receptions in his Super Bowl appearances.

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    Familiar foes

    The Broncos and Seahawks have met 52 times in regular-season play (Seattle played in the AFC West from 1977-2001). That's the second-most previous regular-season meetings for any pair of Super Bowl teams. The two teams have met once in postseason play. In the 1983 Wild Card game, Dave Krieg went 12-for-13 for 200 yards, three TD and a perfect passer rating of 158.3 opposite Broncos QB Steve DeBerg. In relief of DeBerg, rookie John Elway went 10 for 15 with 0 TD and one INT. Seattle won 31-7.

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    Away team advantage

    As the designated "home team," the AFC team can choose to wear its home or away jersey. The Broncos have chosen to wear their orange home jerseys, which means the Seahawks will wear their road whites. Teams that wear white jerseys have won eight of the last nine Super Bowls and are 29-18 in the Super Bowl.

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