The Denver Broncos (4-1) and San Francisco 49ers (4-2) nearly met in Super Bowl XLVIII, as both teams reached their respective championship games. The matchup never happened when the 49ers were defeated by the eventual champion Seattle Seahawks, but the two teams will finally meet in Week 7 of the 2014 NFL season.

The contest will appear on “Sunday Night Football,” and it could be a preview of the 2015 Super Bowl. Denver is the favorite to win the championship, while the San Francisco’s title odds are only exceeded by those of the Broncos and Seahawks.

While the two teams are among the best in the sport, they’ve become perennial winners by using very different styles. The Broncos are led by an elite offense, and the 49ers have sported a top defense for the last four seasons.

Peyton Manning and Co. aren’t on pace to set records like they did in 2013, but Denver is still about as good as any team at getting into the end zone. They rank third in the NFL, scoring 29.4 points per game, and Manning continues to put up MVP-caliber numbers.

With 15 touchdown passes, the quarterback has been a model of consistency, throwing for at least three scores in four of the team’s five contests. Only once has he registered a passer rating of less than 110.2, and that was when he threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns against the vaunted Seattle defense.

Conversely, the 49ers have won three straight games by stopping the other team’s quarterback. San Francisco ranks second in the NFL, allowing just 207.3 passing yards per game. During their winning streak, the 49ers have held opposing signal callers to a 50.8 completion percentage, two touchdowns and four interceptions.

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