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January 27, 2014

Frozen Big Apple on menu for Superbowl

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Jersey City, N.J. —

Not one regular Seahawks player has been this far, giving Denver something of an edge in experience. The Broncos have four: receiver Wes Welker, tight end Jacob Tamme, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and some quarterback named Peyton.
Manning, of course, is the only current Bronco to have won a ring, with Indianapolis in 2007. He also lost the Super Bowl in 2010 with the Colts.
“The Super Bowl is a big deal,” he said. “I know how hard it is to get here. I know the sacrifice the team made.”
That they will sacrifice the comfort of playing in a dome, or in a warm climate, in this Super Bowl doesn’t seem to be fazing them a bit. Instead, the Broncos want to embrace the cold, the winds, the snow — and everything else that comes along this week in the first Super Bowl ever played outdoors in a cold-weather city. 
“We’d love to play in 70-degree weather,” said Denver 15-year veteran cornerback Champ Bailey, who has reached his first title game. “But if you tell me it’s 20 degrees and I am playing in the Super Bowl, I’m going to take it.” 
Welker, who lost both of his trips to the Super Bowl with the Patriots before joining the Broncos this season as a free agent, fully understands the issues that can arise this week. He and Manning, in particular, have counseled teammates on those pitfalls.
“It’s knowing what to expect, trying to get rid of all the nonsense that goes with the Super Bowl,” Welker said. 
The Seahawks certainly didn’t find their send-off in Seattle to be nonsensical, even if it got a little “extraordinary,” as Carroll dubbed it.
“At the airport, what usually takes us about one minute to get through took 20 minutes,” defensive end Cliff Avril said about the “thousands and thousands” of fans lining the bus route. “They were pretty close and we were hitting the windows inside. It was a blast.”

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