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JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The Denver Broncos arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport on Sunday afternoon amid scattered flurries and temperatures in the low 20s. And they brought loads of enthusiasm and a healthy respect of the Seattle Seahawks with them.

Quarterback Peyton Manning, who seemingly always makes news for his presnap communication, talked of his admiration for how the Seahawks defense stays in sync.

"Looking at their defense, they are as good as advertised," Manning said. "What's probably one of the more impressive things is how well they play together as a unit. You see them communicating out there on the field and safeties talking to each other, linebackers talking to the corners; that's not always true for every defense. It's a big part of their success.

"You combine that with just a lot of talent out there on the defensive side of the ball and, to me, that's why they're such a good defense."

Seattle boasts the NFL's No. 1 defense in scoring (14.4 points a game) and total yards allowed (273.6 yards a game).

The Broncos' trip began at 9 a.m. local time when they drove by bus to the airport, and it ended on a boat on the Hudson River.

But one long day of travel doesn't compare to the path the team has taken here.

"No doubt, it has been a journey," Broncos coach John Fox said to news media aboard the Cornucopia Majesty, a luxury cruise ship docked near the team's hotel. "There's no doubt this team has been through a lot and a lot of injuries. I even went away for a month. It has been a pretty tough mind-set football team, and we're excited about this opportunity."

The Broncos might have expressed enthusiasm over playing in the biggest game of the season but conceded it's essential they focus on the game.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The Denver Broncos arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport on Sunday afternoon amid scattered flurries and temperatures in the low 20s. And they brought loads of enthusiasm and a healthy respect of the Seattle Seahawks with them.

Quarterback Peyton Manning, who seemingly always makes news for his presnap communication, talked of his admiration for how the Seahawks defense stays in sync.

"Looking at their defense, they are as good as advertised," Manning said. "What's probably one of the more impressive things is how well they play together as a unit. You see them communicating out there on the field and safeties talking to each other, linebackers talking to the corners; that's not always true for every defense. It's a big part of their success.

"You combine that with just a lot of talent out there on the defensive side of the ball and, to me, that's why they're such a good defense."

Seattle boasts the NFL's No. 1 defense in scoring (14.4 points a game) and total yards allowed (273.6 yards a game).

"Our team is excited," Manning said. "We've worked hard to earn this opportunity, so we couldn't be more excited. The Super Bowl — it's a big deal. I know how hard it is to get here, how much time and sacrifice our team has made for us to have this opportunity to play in the Super Bowl. We were excited to get on that plane, and we were excited getting off of that plane, and we're looking forward to being here all week and playing a good team next Sunday."

Linebacker Wesley Woodyard, one of the team captains, concurred.

"I don't believe there's a thing called 'distraction,'" Woodyard said. "When you work as hard as we worked to get to this point where you always wanted to be as a little kid, this moment right now, you have to live in it, and you can't let anything distract you."

One of the bigger story lines of the week is the wintry weather that could challenge both teams in what could be the coldest Super Bowl in history.

"Obviously the elements are something that is part of the strategy," Fox said. "To be a championship football team, you have to be weatherproof. Our football team played in all different elements this year.

"I feel comfortable where we're at, as far as it goes with the elements."

For Denver, the most important player to deal with the cold will be Manning, who carries a reputation of being a poor cold-weather quarterback.

Manning said he felt comfortable with the conditions that are expected.

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