76 Days: Broncos vs. Seahawks?

November, 18, 2013
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Peyton ManningDoug Pensinger/Getty ImagesWill Peyton Manning borrow his little brother's locker come Feb. 2?
Each day from now until Feb. 2, ESPNNewYork.com will take you inside the challenge of staging the most unpredictable NFL title game ever. There are 76 days to the Super Bowl.

With plans for Super Bowl 48 coming into focus, one big question won't be answered for a while: Which teams are actually going to make it onto the field at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2?

The AFC favorite Denver Broncos are now 9-1 after taking out the last unbeaten team in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs, in the Sunday night game.

According to the NFL, the two teams with the highest winning percentage have met in Week 10 or later four times in league history. Twice the winner of that game has advanced to the Super Bowl. So that's good for the Broncos and their fans.

Peyton Manning not only looks like vintage Peyton Manning, he looks even better. As well loved as Tim Tebow was two years ago, it’s hard to imagine anyone north of Florida would critique John Elway for opting to spring for Eli's big brother. If the Broncos can make it to New Jersey in February, it’ll be the best acquisition ever made.

On the other side, the Seattle Seahawks are heading into a bye at 10-1 and Russell Wilson is leading his class of young quarterbacks for the moment. It’s worth noting that Andrew Luck and the Colts, at 7-3, would also make the AFC playoffs if the season ended today.

Clearly, having a durable quarterback has been a key to success this season. So will New York and New Jersey welcome Manning and Wilson? Or Tom Brady and Drew Brees?

To be continued.

Come back daily for more on the issues, logistics and personalities surrounding Super Bowl XLVIII.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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