2014 Pulitzer Prize Winner

Broncos to the Super Bowl: When coasts collide

Published: January 20, 2014, 1:10 am, by Paul Klee

 

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The Broncos have played at MetLife Stadium once before, back on Sept. 15 (left). Also, for it’s worth, the Broncos played at Seattle back in the preseason (right). Knew I took those photos for some reason.

I fished for salmon in Seattle. My cabbie got a flat tire in New Jersey. I was cool with both. 

Three things that jumped to mind as the Broncos clinched a berth in Super Bowl XLVIII:

—Mile High felt like the old Mile High today. It shook. In the fourth quarter, there were ripples in my plastic cup of water. Sports Authority field hosted a party and the AFC championship game broke out.

—Super Bowl matchup to watch: Richard Sherman, the mouth, vs. Demaryius Thomas, the modest.

—Early Super Bowl prediction: Broncos by two touchdowns.

The line in Las Vegas opened with the Seahawks as the favorites. OK.

Only two things I don’t argue with — my sweet mother and Las Vegas. Both are usually right. But I struggle to envision a second-year quarterback beating Peyton Manning in a Super Bowl. Right now, two weeks from the 4:20 p.m. kickoff (Colorado time) I like Manning and the Broncos by double digits.

Related columns from this season: Broncos in Seattle, Broncos at MetLife Stadium.

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