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Broncos vs. Seahawks live blog: Analysis of the 2014 Super Bowl, commercials and halftime show

Live coverage of the 2014 Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLVIII, for those who enjoy Roman numerals). Game analysis, all of the ads and everything you might want to know about the big game.

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No tailgating here

There’s no tailgating at the Super Bowl, which is … weird.

Cindy Boren
February 2, 3:59 pm
  • Cindy Boren February 2, 3:59 pm

A perfect day for football at MetLife Stadium

Fans arrive for the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

All in all, not a bad day.  (Seth Wenig / AP)

After weeks, and perhaps years, of angst about what the weather conditions would be for the first Super Bowl held in an outdoor stadium in a cold-weather site, it appears that all of the fretting was unnecessary.

Good fortune is on the NFL’s side, as almost always seems to be the case, for Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. It was, unofficially, 54 degrees in East Rutherford about three hours before the game’s scheduled kickoff, and skies were clear.

The coldest game-time temperature for an outdoor Super Bowl is 39 degrees, according to Pro Football Hall of Fame records. That was for Super Bowl VI at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. So the first New York-area Super Bowl might not even be the chilliest in the game’s history.

The mild conditions could be favorable to Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver offense in their high-profile matchup with the Seattle defense. The Broncos ranked first in the league in total offense during the regular season and the Seahawks had the NFL’s top-ranked defense. If Manning, who won his record fifth league most valuable player award Saturday after setting single-season NFL records for passing yards and touchdown passes, and the Broncos fail to get their passing game going Sunday evening, they won’t have the weather to blame.

So much for that Farmer’s Almanac prediction.

Mark Maske
February 2, 4:11 pm
  • Mark Maske February 2, 4:11 pm

Mass transit, emphasis on mass

Cindy Boren
February 2, 4:22 pm
  • Cindy Boren February 2, 4:22 pm

Peyton Manning arrives, with his game face

Cindy Boren
February 2, 4:23 pm
  • Cindy Boren February 2, 4:23 pm

Peyton Manning's kind of weather

The Denver Broncos’ quarterback got a favorable day from the weather gods, at least.

Cindy Boren
February 2, 4:24 pm
  • Cindy Boren February 2, 4:24 pm

Heat? Don't need no stinkin' heat.

From Kent Babb:

Journalists sitting in MetLife Stadium’s auxiliary press box are being grilled by large and unnecessary heat lamps, turning many bald spots red and overcooking the free food.

Robert Klemko, a Washington-area native who covers the NFL for MMQB.com, told us that the lamps are positioned about six feet over their heads. The problem is, the temperature is in the low 50s, and the heaters aren’t needed. Media members have begged league officials to turn off the heaters but no such luck so far. Klemko (@robertklemko) tweeted a picture a few minutes ago that looks like the last days of the planet Krypton.

They’re going to all end up looking like Mike Shanahan.

Cindy Boren
February 2, 4:41 pm
  • Cindy Boren February 2, 4:41 pm

President Obama's prediction: 24-21

In an interview with Bill O’Reilly, President Obama says it will be 24-21.

“But I don’t know who’s going to be 24 and who’s going to be 21.”

 

Cindy Boren
February 2, 4:47 pm
  • Cindy Boren February 2, 4:47 pm

Where's Terry?

The Fox broadcasting crew will be without Terry Bradshaw.

He is with his family in Louisiana after the death of his father on Thursday. Michael Strahan will replace him in the postgame interviews and Lombardi Trophy presentation.

 

Cindy Boren
February 2, 4:51 pm
  • Cindy Boren February 2, 4:51 pm

Some early celebrity sightings...

So far, Twitter’s spotted a few high-profile members of the sports world at MetLife Stadium. Here’s a smattering…

Colts’ tight end Coby Fleener:

Tigers’ pitcher Justin Verlander:

Stanford head football coach David Shaw:

Jimmy Johnson and Aaron Paul:

 

Chelsea Janes
February 2, 4:51 pm
  • Chelsea Janes February 2, 4:51 pm

Fans angry, overcome by heat at overcrowded NJ station

Football fans make their way to trains on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Secaucus, N.J. The Seattle Seahawks are scheduled to play the Denver Broncos in NFL football's Super Bowl XLVIII game on Sunday evening at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Football fans make their way to trains on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Secaucus, N.J. The Seattle Seahawks are scheduled to play the Denver Broncos in NFL football’s Super Bowl XLVIII game on Sunday evening at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

It seemed like a good idea to send fans to MetLife Stadium through mass transit rather than letting them drive to the stadium, but it worked differently in the real world.

Thousands of passengers who arrived at the Secaucus Junction transfer station for the train to Super Bowl XLVIII were furious at overcrowded trains on a day that was warmer than anyone expected.

“New Jersey sucks,” some people shouted (via nj.com). Many had taken off their coats and layers of clothing. Fans were passing out and paramedics were called in. Part of the problem was that security officers were checking every bag. By 2:45 p.m., though, the checkpoints were overrun and people were pouring through unchecked, nj.com reports. Emergency workers had to push through to treat several people, according to the Associated Press.

NFL officials disputed the problems, though.

For security reasons, fans were not allowed to drive to the game. Instead, tailgate tents were set up outside MetLife.

Cindy Boren
February 2, 5:07 pm
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