MANILA, Philippines – NFL fans, Super Bowl XLVIII is finally here.
After 16 grueling regular season games the last two teams standing have earned the right to walk with their heads held high at the Super Bowl.
The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos were the two teams most pegged to make it to the Big Game. Both teams had identical 13-3 records.
Second-year quarterback Russell Wilson leads Seattle. Wilson has thrown for 26 touchdowns in each of his first. His primary weapon is wide-receiver Doug Baldwin Jr., a Filipino-American who was tied for the team-lead in receiving touchdowns with 5. Their best offensive weapon may be Marshawn Lynch, who was third in the league with 1,590 running yards and fifth in touchdowns with 11.
While this is the young Seahawks’ first time into the Super Bowl, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is all-too familiar with the Winter Classic. Manning, 37, is one of the game’s greatest players ever, having won five MVP awards and led the Colts to a Super Bowl victory.
The last four Super Bowls have been the 4 most viewed American programs over that period of time, and this year’s game is expected to break the 2012 game’s 111.3 million viewership record.
This year, some of the ads have already gone viral on YouTube. WATCH: Super Bowl XLVIII celebrity ads gone viral
For a crash course on Super Bowl and American Football, read: The Super Bowl, American Football and why it matters
For predictions from five Filipino-American sportswriters, read: Fil-Am sportswriters offer their Super Bowl XLVIII picks
The league’s best defense overwhelmed its best offense as the Seahawks cruised to a 43-8 win over the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
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