Storylines to watch in Super Bowl XLVIII

Published On: Jan 27 2014 10:23:07 AM EST

As we approach Super Bowl XLVIII, take a look at some of the storylines to follow leading up to the big game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.

Weather: One of the biggest factors in the Super Bowl matchup between the Seahawks and the Broncos may be something that’s totally out of either team’s control – the weather. With an outdoor game planned at MetLife Stadium, cold temperatures and snow could impact the game. If there is inclement weather, the NFL may move the date or time of the game.

Broncos offense: The Denver Broncos offense, led by Peyton Manning’s record-breaking season, has been on fire this season. The Broncos led the league in almost all team offensive categories throughout the regular season, tallying 7,317 total yards, which was good for 457.3 yards per game. They recorded a league-high 606 points while averaging 37.9 points per game. Manning threw for a record 55 touchdowns in the regular season, allowing four receivers (Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker) to tally more than 10 touchdowns each this season.

Seahawks defense: The Seahawks boast the NFL’s stingiest defense. Seattle has allowed just 231 total points this regular season, or 14.4 points per game. They gave up a total of 4,378 yards – 273.6 per game – to their opponents. Richard Sherman led the NFL throughout the regular season with eight interceptions. The defensive star has made headlines since the NFC championship game after he had an outburst aimed at 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree during a post-game interview. Sherman has since apologized that his comments took attention away from his team’s victory.

Manning’s quest: Manning, playing in his 16th season, is on a quest for his second Super Bowl ring. He won his first Super Bowl ring in 2006 while playing with the Indianapolis Colts. Manning, who was released by the Colts while he was recovering from a neck injury that required four surgeries and forced him to miss the 2011 season, now seems likely to win his fifth MVP award. In just his second season with the Broncos, Manning rewrote the quarterback record books, throwing for a record 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards during the regular season.

Derrick Coleman’s inspirational story: Seahawks fullback Coleman is the first legally deaf offensive player in the NFL. As his story has gained national attention he’s become a role model to many hearing impaired people around the country, including a young girl who wrote the Seahawk a letter. It was sent to Coleman via Twitter from the girl’s father. In it she congratulated Coleman on his win, told the player he is her inspiration, that she has faith in him, and that like him she also wears hearing aids and loves sports. Coleman responded to his young fan with a hand-written note of his own in which he told her that he has faith in her as well, and that “even though we wear hearing aids we can still accomplish our goals and dreams.”