NFL Watch // Seahawks, Broncos Win at Home, Advance to Super Bowl

words // Brandon Richard

And then there were two.

Following one of the most anticipated Conference Championship weekends in NFL history, we now have our two participants for Super Bowl XLVIII. The league’s top-ranked defense will square off against the top-ranked offense when the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on February 2.

The Broncos became AFC Champions by getting the best of an old rival — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Denver thoroughly outplayed the Patriots for most of the game, holding off a late rally to win 26-16. Peyton Manning led the way for Denver by completing 32 of his 43 passes for 400 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Things were a bit more chippy in Seattle, where the Seahawks continued their home dominance with a 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. ‘Beast Mode’ Marshawn Lynch racked up 109 yards rushing, but it was Richard Sherman and the Seattle defense that forced two late-game turnovers to seal the deal.

Now the stage is set for East Rutherford. The former AFC West foes were arguably the two best teams in football all season long and will now go head-to-head for all the marbles. Russell Wilson will attempt to put his name among the game’s elite, while Manning will be looking to add to one of football’s greatest legacies. What’s your early prediction for the big game?

Before the showdown, and this weekend’s Pro Bowl, check out some of the football cleats that hit the field during this year’s Conference Championship games in today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch // Seahawks, Broncos Win at Home, Advance to Super Bowl

Vernon Davis wearing Under Armour Nitro III

Vernon Davis // Under Armour Nitro III

Michael Crabtree wearing Air Jordan 12 Low PE

Michael Crabtree // Air Jordan 12 Low PE

Colin Kaepernick wearing Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite

Colin Kaepernick // Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite

Anquan Boldin wearing Nike Super Speed Low

Anquan Boldin // Nike Super Speed Low

Russell Wilson wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Russell Wilson // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Marshawn Lynch wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite

Marshawn Lynch // Nike Vapor Talon Elite

Earl Thomas wearing Air Jordan 6 PE

Earl Thomas // Air Jordan 6 PE

Richard Sherman wearing Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite

Richard Sherman // Nike Vapor Carbon 2014 Elite

Tom Brady wearing Under Armour Football Cleats

Tom Brady // Under Armour Football Cleats

LeGarrette Blount wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

LeGarrette Blount // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Julian Edelman wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Julian Edelman // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Demaryius Thomas wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Demaryius Thomas // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro Low

Knowshon Moreno wearing Reebok Zig Blaze

Knowshon Moreno // Reebok Zig Blaze

Wes Welker wearing Nike Alpha Pro

Wes Welker // Nike Alpha Pro

Peyton Manning wearing Reebok Zig Blaze

Peyton Manning // Reebok Zig Blaze

images via Ronald Martinez, Jamie Squire for Getty Images; Matthew Emmons, Kirby Lee, Joe Nicholson, Mark J. Rebilas, Kyle Terada for USA Today Sports; Jack Dempsey for AP Photo