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NFL Super Bowl Party in Full Swing as Teams Arrive at Stadium

  • The numerals for the the game are seen at an opening ceremony for 'Super Bowl Boulevard' along Broadway as preparations continue for Super Bowl XLVIII in New York, Jan. 29, 2014.
  • Seattle Seahawks fans Todd Gibson and his son Karsten pose outside the stadium before the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Feb. 2, 2014.
  • Fans Todd Barnes and Mitch Daniels photograph themselves on Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square prior to Super Bowl XLVIII, Jan. 31, 2014, in New York City.
  • A police officer and his dog walk past football fans at the Secaucus Junction in Secaucus, N.J., Feb. 2, 2014.
  • Tim Froemke of Ritzville Wash., waits in a security line at the Secaucus Junction in Secaucus, N.J., Feb. 2, 2014.
  • Football fans wait in a security line at the Secaucus Junction in Secaucus, N.J., Feb. 2, 2014.
  • Seattle Seahawks fans pose for a picture in Times Square while they visit the Super Bowl Boulevard fan zone ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII in New York, Feb. 1, 2014.
  • Fans hold up posters of (R-L) Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch, and cornerback Richard Sherman while they gather en masse at Super Bowl Boulevard fan zone ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII in New York, Feb. 1, 2014.
  • Seattle Seahawks fans sign a "12th Man" flag on "Super Bowl Boulevard" at Times Square, as part of the Super Bowl lead up, in New York Feb. 1, 2014.
  • Ron Hebron, of Portland, Oregon, wears his beard with Seattle Seahawks colors on Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square in New York, Jan. 31, 2014.
  • Blitz, right, the Seattle Seahawks mascot, is sits with Miles, left, the Denver Broncos mascot, Jan. 31, 2014, on top of a Super Bowl sign during a live TV broadcast in Times Square in New York.
  • A man dressed as the Statue of Liberty poses for photos with football fans along Super Bowl Boulevard. Jan. 31, 2014, in New York. T
  • A fan of the Seattle Seahawks jokes with a fan of the Denver Broncos at the Super Bowl Boulevard fan zone ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII in New York, Jan. 30, 2014.
  • A billboard is displayed along Super Bowl Boulevard in Times Square in New York, Jan. 31, 2014.
  • Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and Denver Broncos head coach John Fox speak at a news conference, Jan. 31, 2014, in New York.
  • A fan visits the Super Bowl Boulevard fan zone ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII in New York, Jan. 30, 2014.
  • A police officer walks next to a fan at the Super Bowl Boulevard fan zone ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII in New York, Jan. 30, 2014.
  • Denver Broncos strong safety David Bruton runs an interception drill during an indoor practice session for the Super Bowl at the New York Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey, Jan. 30, 2014.
  • Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning readies to throw a pass during a practice session for the Super Bowl at the New York Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey, Jan. 30, 2014.
  • Soprano Renee Fleming speaks at the Super Bowl half time press conference in New York, Jan. 30, 2014.
  • Bruno Mars who will headline the half-time show at Super Bowl XLVIII during a press conference, Jan. 30, 2014, in New York.
  • The New York skyline and the Empire State Building are seen in the distance as roman numerals for NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game are displayed in Hoboken, New Jersey, Jan. 30, 2014.
  • Seattle Seahawks fans walk to the stadium before the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Feb. 2, 2014.
Fans Get Ready for the Super Bowl
Reuters
The Big Apple was transformed into one massive party on Sunday as New York and New Jersey prepared to host the 48th Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

Times Square was swarming with thousands of football fans soaking up the atmosphere before crossing the Hudson River to New Jersey for the biggest game in American professional sports, due to start at 6:30 p.m. ET (2330 GMT).

Across the United States, millions of people were having their own Super Bowl parties in preparation for a game that has all the ingredients of a classic.

The two teams left their Jersey City hotels in the early afternoon and took the short bus ride along the Garden State Parkway to MetLife Stadium, which will be packed with over 80,000 spectators.

Hours before the game, players from both teams strolled out onto the field, jogging and stretching and throwing the ball around as the stands began to fill.

For the first time in the 48 years of the Super Bowl, the game will be played outdoors in a cold-weather state but Mother Nature has been kind to fans and organizers, with temperatures hovering around 50 Fahrenheit (10 Celsius).

Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning throws before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning throws before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.
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Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning throws before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.
Denver Broncos' quarterback Peyton Manning throws before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.
All eyes will be on Denver quarterback Peyton Manning who is poised to complete one of the most remarkable seasons in the NFL's storied history.

Two years ago, the 37-year-old's prospects of returning to the Super Bowl seemed forlorn after he needed surgery to repair his injured neck and was released by the Indianapolis Colts, who he had already won a Super Bowl with.

The Broncos took a gamble on his health and Manning has repaid them for their faith by leading Denver to their first Super Bowl appearance in 15 years while breaking a series of passing records and being named as the regular season's Most Valuable Player for a record fifth time.

Manning's combination with Denver wide receivers Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker has transformed the Broncos into the highest scoring team in the NFL - averaging almost 38 points a game.

Football fans wait to go through security at the Secaucus Junction, Feb. 2, 2014, in Secaucus, N.J.Football fans wait to go through security at the Secaucus Junction, Feb. 2, 2014, in Secaucus, N.J.
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Football fans wait to go through security at the Secaucus Junction, Feb. 2, 2014, in Secaucus, N.J.
Football fans wait to go through security at the Secaucus Junction, Feb. 2, 2014, in Secaucus, N.J.
Part of the intrigue of Sunday's game is that the Seahawks boast the best defense in the league, conceding just over 14 points per game, offering a delicious contrast in styles that has helped whip America into a football frenzy.

Seattle have labeled their almost impenetrable secondary defense the "Legion of Boom.'' led by their outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman, who has become the unwitting villain trying to spoil Manning's fairytale.

The Broncos, with experience on their side, are the slight favorites with Las Vegas bookmakers although history favors defensive teams in the Super Bowl's cooker-pressure atmosphere.

The Seahawks are making their second appearance in the big game and bidding for their first win with a youthful team brimming with bright-eyed optimism.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson warms up before his team plays the Denver Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Feb. 2, 2014.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson warms up before his team plays the Denver Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Feb. 2, 2014.
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson warms up before his team plays the Denver Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Feb. 2, 2014.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson warms up before his team plays the Denver Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Feb. 2, 2014.
Their young quarterback Russell Wilson, who is in his second season in the NFL, is 12 years younger than Manning but has been a model of composure and consistency and seemingly unfazed by all the hype.

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by: mrs.lewis from: los angeles
February 02, 2014 11:38 PM
Yaw earn this Seattle the best team won it was a funny game I around Denver fan lmao at them

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