After two weeks of buildup the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will finally take the field for kickoff of Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday night. (photo by Curtis Crabtree / Sports Radio 950 KJR)
The Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos will square off for the right to hoist the Lombardi Trophy as the 2013-14 champions of the National Football League.
After a week long barrage of media attention, the game itself is finally at hand.
With just over an hour remaining until kickoff, the teams have begun to trickle onto the field in uniform for pregame warmups. Seattle's special teams unit of K Steven Hauschka, P Jon Ryan and LS Clint Gresham were the first players to take the field in full uniform.
Denver's specialists took the field soon after as K Matt Prater, P Britton Colquitt and LS Aaron Brewer took to the field at MetLife Stadium.
Seattle entered the game with a completely healthy 53-man roster. It led to a new name among the inactive list for the Seahawks. TE Kellen Davis is inactive for the first time this season for Seattle.
Davis signed with Seattle Week 2 and appeared in every game this season. He had just three catches for 32 yards and one touchdown.
However, with Seattle's decision to use T Alvin Bailey as an extra offensive lineman in jumbo packages, the role of Davis became somewhat redundant. Bailey can serve as the extra blocking tight end when Seattle needs to turn to a bigger line combination.
Other than Davis, there were no real surprises for Seattle among their inactives. WR Bryan Walters, RB Christine Michael, T Michael Bowie, T Caylin Hauptmann, DE Benson Mayowa and DT Jordan Hill are also inactive for the Seahawks.
The Broncos are largely healthy as well with just one exception. DT Sione Fua has been battling a calf injury suffered in the AFC Championship against the New Patriots.
Fua had been listed as doubtful and is inactive for the game. He was a reserve option only and not a key contributor for the Broncos. QB Zac Dysert, RB Ronnie Hillman, CB Quentin Jammer, T Vinston Painter, G Chris Kuper and TE Joel Dreessen are also inactive for Denver.