A Super Bowl prediction

February, 2, 2014
Feb 2
3:00
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No, the Detroit Lions are not playing in the Super Bowl. Still 0-fer in that category -- although one of their fans was prominently displayed in many fan crowd shots during "Sunday NFL Countdown" on Super Bowl morning.

But you all have stuck around here all year and I made a Super Bowl prediction earlier this week on the site, something I will stay with: Seattle 27, Denver 21.

And in how I've always done predictions, I'll give you a little bit more.

Watch Richard Sherman in this game. He's become one of the stars of this game and a household name over the past two weeks since the aftermath of the NFC title game and he'll back it up against Peyton Manning. He'll intercept Manning twice and become the game's MVP.

Watch, too, for Marshawn Lynch. He has rushed for more than 100 yards in four of the last five games and has scored touchdowns in five of the last six games. If those two factors continue, that could open things up more for Russell Wilson to continue his dual-threat quarterback ways against a Denver defense that was 27th against the pass this season.

For Denver, something to pay attention to is how Seattle is able to pressure Manning. The Broncos protected Manning better than any team protected a quarterback in the league. Seattle has the fifth-highest sacks per attempt in the NFL. If the Seahawks can reach Manning, that could lead to those Sherman interceptions.

Of course, making predictions is all in fun, so enjoy the Super Bowl and be safe, whether you'll be at the game or somewhere else across the world.

Michael Rothstein | email

ESPN Detroit Lions reporter

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