Much has been made in recent weeks about the prospect of inclement weather during Super Bowl XLVIII. The classic and trusted Farmer's Almanac predicts a blustery winter storm that will bring both snow and heavy rain to the New Jersey and New York areas in early February, which could certainly impact the single most-viewed sporting event of the year.
Anticipation for the first Super Bowl ever played in the midst of bitter wintry conditions is building, and a wide-open race in the AFC means that the stage is set for a series of entertaining games that will probably teeter on one or two big plays.
While it is true that both SB teams will have to deal with whatever elements may come, a cold-weather team that has played a handful of games in chilly and unsteady conditions during the regular season will obviously have the advantage.
Many Week 14 games featured heavy snowfall, cold temps and wacky finishes, leading fans to imagine a title game involving frozen water falling from the skies at a pace somewhere between gentle and furious. The tens of thousands of fans who attend the 2014 Super Bowl and fill the massive MetLife Stadium to its top row will likely be so pumped up that the snow and rain may actually be a welcome cooling-off mechanism.
The Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs are #1 and #2 in the AFC West and are currently the two biggest favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots championship chances were dealt a major blow this past week when Rob Gronkowski went out with a knee injury, but fans would be foolish to count out a Tom Brady-led squad.
The Seattle Seahawks currently control their own destiny in the NFC. Any team hoping to knock them out of the postseason picture will have to do so in a Northwestern venue packed full of fans who create the biggest home-field advantage in all of professional sports.
Indeed, now is an excellent time to be an NFL fan. Hundreds of millions of people around the globe will bear witness to Super Bowl XLVIII on the first Sunday in February, and San Francisco's historic and iconic Candlestick Park will be demolished the following afternoon. The 49ers will host Super Bowl 50 in Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, which is currently being completed and will be open for business by the beginning of the 2014 NFL regular season.