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February 2, 2014

5 things to know heading into Super Bowl Sunday

NEW YORK (AP) — It's time. Finally.

After a week of interviews, practices and plenty of hype, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are ready to kick off the Super Bowl in a matchup that makes even the most casual football fans drool.

It's Peyton Manning and the Broncos' top-rated, record-setting offense going against Richard Sherman and the Seahawks' stingy, No. 1-ranked defense.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. EST on Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., the first Super Bowl held outdoors at a cold-weather site.

"We're ready to go," Seattle coach Pete Carroll declared Saturday after his team's final walkthrough. "That's kind of how we are. I don't know if it's loose, but we're where we're supposed to be."

The chilly conditions that concerned so many were a non-factor Saturday, with temperatures in the mid-40s under clear, blue skies. In the weeks and months leading up to the big game, many wondered if the Super Bowl would be played in bone-chilling temperatures with some snow — or even worse, a blizzard.

It won't be a winter wonderland Sunday in New Jersey, although there was a 50 percent chance of rain or snow flurries. Fans will still have to bundle up a bit, but it probably won't even be the coldest Super Bowl.

Forecasters were calling for a high of 49 degrees, with the evening low only expected to dip to 32 degrees — likely after the game is over. The coldest Super Bowl was in 1972 in New Orleans, when the temperature was a reported 34 degrees with a wind chill of 24.

"We're pretty much weather-proof," Broncos coach John Fox said. "We live in Denver, so we practice in just about every element there is."

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