If I believe that Seattle and San Francisco were the two best teams in the league, then it follows that I should pick the Seahawks to win the big one, right?
Of course, there's also that little matter of Peyton Manning, in what could be his last, best chance at the "greatest of all time" title. I can't think of any other reason that the Broncos would be favored in this game. Great defenses beat great offenses most of the time, and the Seahawks had the more difficult schedule. Even with all that, it's hard to pick against Peyton.
But even though I'll be rooting for the Broncos, that's exactly what I'm going to do. Seattle 23, Denver 20.