In 2014, the Super Bowl will see the top ranked defense in the league—the Seattle Seahawks—take on the NFL’s top ranked offense—the Denver Broncos. Both teams have set records during the regular season, so during the biggest game of the season, it makes sense that Records could fall here too. Here are five Super Bowl records which could fall during the 2014 game.
Super Bowl Records #1: Most points scored—Team.
The most points scored by any team in a Super Bowl came against the Denver Broncos, in Super Bowl XXIV. The San Francisco 49ers posted 55 points against to crush the Broncos 55-10.
This year, the Bronco’s will hope to break that record. They have topped 50 on three occasions this year, and have one of the NFL’s all time highest scoring offenses. The Seahawks have not given up more than 34 points all season, so any points will be hard to come by, but if anyone is going to be able to find and exploit any weakness in the Seahawks defense, it will be Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
Super Bowl Records #2: Most Passing Attempts—QB.
If the Broncos are going to attempt to set a points record, it’s almost certainly going to come on the back of Peyton Manning.
The result will be a lot of passing attempts by Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. The current record sits at 58 attempts. Manning has averaged 42.2 passing attempts per game this season, but has made more than 50 attempts on 2 occasions, attempting 59 passes in week 14 against the Tennessee Titans.
Again, this record will not be easily passed, but if the game is tight, success or failure will undoubtedly rest on Manning’s shoulders.
Super Bowl Records #3: Interceptions—Team
Throughout the regular season, the Seattle Seahawks led the league in interceptions, with 28, or 1.75 per game. If Manning is going to be attempting a lot of passes, then the Seahawks secondary is going to have a lot of chances to pick him off.
The current record in a Super Bowl is five, in Super Bowl XXXVII, a number the Seahawks have already matched once this season, against another Manning—Eli and the Giants in week 15.
Manning has only thrown 10 picks all season, and never more than three in a single game, but in a tight game, against the NFL’s best secondary, even Peyton Manning will tell you, he throws some ducks.
Super Bowl Records #4: Total Points Scored—Both Teams.
In 2013, the Broncos may have set records for points scored, but the Seattle Seahawks offense has been no slouch either. Russel Wilson has proven to the world that he is a legitimate NFL passer, while the Seahawks rushing game, lead by Marshawn Lynch has been as potent as ever.
Even if the Broncos are unable to top the single team scoring record, the record for points scored by both teams—75 in Super Bowl XXIX—seems quite likely to topple. Both teams are more than able to score, and the game is likely to be close throughout.
Super Bowl Records #5: Coldest Super Bowl
There was always going to be concerns about hosting the Super Bowl outside in the New York. Those concerns seemed set to become a reality when the North-Eastern states were hit by a record-setting deep freeze just a few short weeks ago.
Fortunately, since then the weather has taken a significant turn for the better, with meteorologists now saying that there is no chance of snow during the game. However, that doesn’t mean that the game won’t be a frosty affair.
The coldest outdoor Super Bowl in history was Super Bowl VI in New Orleans in 1972. The game was a chilly 3.8°C (39°F) at kick off, with a high of 5.5°C (42°F), and dropping as low as -4.4°C (24°F) during the day.
Current projections for the day have a predicted high of 10°C, a low of -0.5°C with an average of around 4.4°C at kickoff, however, even a slight drop in temperature over the next 24 hours could see that plummet to record-setting lows.