Jan 23, 2014 2:00 PM by Jordan Mason
If playoff history tells us anything about the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, the Seahawks will win. That's because the ‘Hawks a whopping 1-0 against the Broncos all-time in the playoffs.
In its first playoff appearance in franchise history, Seattle defeated Denver 31-7 in a 1983 AFC Wild Card game. Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg was an efficient 12/13 for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns. Seattle shut down Denver's rookie QB John Elway to only 123 yards and 1 interception (the Broncos started veteran QB Steve DeBerg, who was also ineffective).
But if you take away Seattle's amazing 1.000 winning percentage against Denver in the playoffs, the Broncos have whooped up on their old AFC West-rivals. The Seahawks are 18-34 against the Broncos, their worst mark against any team.
The two teams used to play twice each season, before the Seahawks moved to the NFC West in 2002. (Seattle was a member of the NFC West during its inaugural season in 1976, but then moved to the AFC West in 1977.) The Seahawks are glad they moved. Elway and the Broncos pounded the Seahawks in the 1990′s, going 14-6 against the ‘Hawks in the decade of grunge. The Broncos won two Super Bowls at the end of the decade.
Since 2002, the Broncos and Seahawks have only played three times (two Broncos' wins, one Seahawks win). The two teams did play in a preseason game at the beginning of this season. The Seahawks blew out the Broncos 40-10 at CenturyLink Field-and it wasn't even that close. The ‘Hawks led 33-7 at halftime before the reserves played the second half.
In summary, if you're looking for recent history to predict the winner of Super Bowl XLVIII, there isn't much. But expect the new versions of the Seahawks and Broncos to develop a new history of rivalries.