The Broncos rolled through the regular season with a 13-3 mark while setting NFL single-season records for passing yards, touchdowns and points.
The Broncos were beat up and spit out of CenturyLink Field Aug. 17. The Seahawks won, 40-10, and WR Jermaine Kearse secured a roster spot in the first half with a 12-yard touchdown catch and 107-yard kick return for a touchdown.
Otherwise, it was a preseason game that meant nothing: Both teams gave their backups extensive action. However, that reality comes with a caveat: It was the only time this roster of Broncos looked overmatched.
That speaks as much to Seattle as it does Denver.
The Broncos were a juggernaut during their 13-3 regular season. They boasted the league’s best offense, setting NFL single-season records for points (606), passing touchdowns (55), total touchdowns and passing yards. Their wide receivers — Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas — all finished with more than 10 touchdown receptions, as did TE Julius Thomas. Thomas led all Broncos with 14 TD catches, 92 receptions and 1,430 receiving yards.
Quarterback Peyton Manning’s stats require a double-take: 5,477 passing yards, a 68.3 percent completion rate, 55 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
Better to know the Broncos a little better before Seattle’s No. 1-ranked defense faces one of the best offenses ever in Super Bowl XLVIII.