Few teams come out of nowhere to win a Super Bowl.
NFL champions usually bear the competitive scars from having fallen maddeningly short of that goal just a year or two earlier.
As Denver Broncos head coach John Fox said this week, “Sometimes setbacks are setups for better things to come.”
That’s the case with both teams playing Sunday in the Big Apple’s first Super Bowl, and the NFL’s first outdoor championship game played in the northern U.S. since the mid-1960s.
At 6:30 p.m. EST, Fox’s Broncos face Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks across the Hudson River at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (CTV/FOX).
A year ago, quarterback Peyton Manning and the Broncos had been the No. 1 seed in the American Football Conference (AFC), but they were upset in their first playoff game by the eventual Super Bowl champs, the Baltimore Ravens.