New York City. Super Bowl XLVIII. Cold weather. MetLife Stadium. New Jersey.
It seems like those have been the buzz words surrounding the build up to the final game of the 2013 NFL season. But there has been a week off since the last real football game was played and we felt the need to kick the hype back up. So, we asked several of our ESPN NFL experts and some players to stop on by for a mega Super Bowl chat, where fans participated via Twitter -- #ESPNSBChat.
Bernard Pollard, @Crushboy31; Merril Hoge, @merrilhoge; Troy Brown, @RealTroyBrown80; Plaxico Burress, @plaxicoburress; Zach Ertz, @ZERTZ_86; Steve Weatherford, @Weatherford5; Bill Polian; Torry Holt, @BigGame81; Louis Riddick, @LRiddickESPN; Thurman Thomas, @thurmanthomas; Ryan Clark; and Terrell Owens, @terrellowens shared their thoughts on everything from final score and MVP predictions to the toughest matchups in the game.
@Cpt_Benjii: Late game situation similar to the one with the 49ers, will Peyton try Richard Sherman?
Bernard Pollard: I think Peyton will try anyone on the field, but he's going to be smart doing it.
@DJkhaledali: For you, what was the hardest part about playing Peyton Manning?
Bernard Pollard: He knows most of what you're doing as a defense. That's so frustrating!
@DeeWilson804: Who's the best offensive player you played against?
Bernard Pollard: The best player I've played against has to be Marshawn Lynch from Seattle. The guy is a baller!
@SamItal10: What needs to happen for the Seahawks to stop Peyton Manning?
Merril Hoge: Pressure. Pressure. Pressure -- 14 of Seattle's 30 picks have stemmed from pressure.
@MR_poloboy11: Will any of the Broncos receivers get over 100 yards?
Merril Hoge: Eric Decker might be the guy.
@The_Real_Sameer: Does Russell Wilson's lack of experience in the big game present a problem for Seattle?
Merril Hoge: I don't think so. He's been so composed from the day he started.
@JackBayer_: Is Peyton Manning going to throw for more than 300 yards?
Merril Hoge: Yes I think he will. They didn't come this far to ride somebody else.
@NiC__Swisher: Who do you think is going to be a non-factor on the Broncos offense?
Merril Hoge: It could be Wes Welker. He hasn't looked the same since his concussion.
@Bonaddio24: Who will be Super Bowl MVP?
Merril Hoge: My Super Bowl MVP is Peyton Manning. It's aligned to end like this.
@Hawk12th: Do you think Lynch will have over 100 rushing yards?
Merril Hoge: Yes I do. I think they're so versatile. Will be tough to keep him under 100.
@Mort08: Do you think Richard Sherman can cover Demaryius Thomas?
Merril Hoge: Yes, and I think Thomas can beat Sherman. That's what makes the NFL great.
@DiegoAV1201: Broncos or Seahawks??
Merril Hoge: My Super Bowl prediction is Broncos 28 - Seahawks 24.