Manning will face his stiffest test yet

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Wire reports

Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will face the best defense they’ve met all season when they play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

It will be a matchup between the NFL’s No. 1 offense, led by Manning, against the NFL’s No. 1 defense when the AFC’s Broncos (15-3) take on the NFC’s Seahawks (15-3) on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

This marks only the second time in the last 20 Super Bowls that the No. 1 seed in each conference reached the NFL championship game.

The only other such matchup since 1994 also involved Manning: His Indianapolis Colts lost to the New Orleans Saints after the 2009 season.

The Broncos will be trying to win their third Super Bowl title, after 1998 and 1999.

The Seahawks are eyeing their first championship. They lost to Pittsburgh in their first trip, after the 2005 season.

Throwback game?

It will be the first NFL title game in the New York metro area since the Packers defeated the Giants on Dec. 30, 1962, a brutally cold day at Yankee Stadium, and the first Super Bowl outdoors in a cold-weather region.

The Broncos lead the all-time series against the Seahawks, 34-18. The teams last met Sept. 19, 2010, when Denver won, 31-14.

Their only postseason meeting came in a wild-card game on Dec. 24, 1983, when the Seahawks (then an AFC team) won, 31-7, at the Kingdome.

It’s not the preferred matchup for Daily Journal readers, 49 percent of whom said they wanted the Broncos and 49ers when we asked in a DJournal.com poll last week; 37 percent wanted to see the Broncos and Seahawks.