2013 NFL predictions: Seahawks, 49ers rule in Super Bowl picks

On the cusp of the 2013 NFL season, our analysts provide their predictions, including the winners of individual awards, playoff teams for each conference and picks for Championship Sunday/Super Bowl XLVIII.

SUPER BOWL XLVIII

Judy Battista: Seahawks over Broncos. In a showdown of current (Peyton Manning) and burgeoning (Russell Wilson) quarterback legends, Seattle's overwhelming defense decides the champion.

Silver: Prophecies for 2013

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Michael Silver peers into his crystal ball, making eight predictions about this season. Who will be named MVP? More ...

Gil Brandt: Seahawks over Bengals. The weather in New Jersey -- whatever it ends up being -- shouldn't be much of a factor for these outdoor teams. I see the Seahawks prevailing in a low-scoring contest.

Albert Breer: 49ers over Bengals. On the 25th anniversary of Montana-to-Taylor, these clubs meet for the third time in the big game -- and the result is the same as it was back then, with Jim Harbaugh, Colin Kaepernick and Co. winning the first championship of a new dynastic era in San Francisco.

Bucky Brooks: 49ers over Broncos. The 49ers stage their own pregame blackout to jump-start Colin Kaepernick and his teammates to a surprisingly easy win over the Broncos for the franchise's sixth title.

Jeff Darlington: Falcons over Broncos. Sorry, Peyton -- there's a new quarterback about to ascend toward the highest level. This is Matt Ryan's year.

Elliot Harrison: Seahawks over Broncos. Seattle claims the first Super Bowl title in franchise history by forcing Peyton Manning into a couple of big mistakes while not allowing him enough possessions to compensate. Marshawn Lynch rushes for over 100 yards.

Daniel Jeremiah: Patriots over Falcons.Tom Brady-to-Rob Gronkowski with less than a minute to play. The Patriots squeak by the Falcons for their fourth title.

Kimberly Jones: Broncos over 49ers. New Jersey temps in February will suit John Fox's group just fine. Peyton wins in Eli's home stadium.

Schein: Super Bowl XLVIII forecast

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Adam Schein predicts each conference's rep in New Jersey -- and picks a winner. (Popular opinion need not apply.) More ...

Ian Rapoport: 49ers over Broncos. Last year, the 49ers were a play away. Thisclose. This year, despite Manning eyeing a second ring, San Francisco will close the gap.

Adam Schein: Falcons over Texans.Matt Ryan caps off a huge year in style, while Tony Gonzalez rides off into the sunset with the Lombardi Trophy.

Michael Silver: Seahawks over Bengals. Seattle's secondary shuts down the Cincy passing attack and destroys Andy Dalton, but the MVP trophy goes to Russell Wilson after a decisive 'Hawks triumph.

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