John Mowery said he is having a hard time watching his wife, Jessica Mowery, take their daughters down the wrong sports path, especially for the Super Bowl.

Jessica Mowery, 37, of Manchester Township, is a die-hard Seattle Seahawks fan who is dressing up their daughters, Abigail, who is 20 months old, and Madison, 3 months, in outfits with the team's emblem.

"My wife, she's ruining my kids," said John Mowery, 38. "They're being led blindly down this road. Fortunately they're young enough to never remember this."

The Mowery family will be home to watch the Broncos and the Seahawks meet in Super Bowl XLVIII at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

John Mowery said that while his wife and daughters root for the Seahawks, he'll be dressed in his team-favorite Pittsburgh Steelers jersey hoping that the Broncos win because he's also a fan of their quarterback Peyton Manning.

Jessica Mowery, who grew up in Arlington, Wash., near Seattle, admits there's been some trash-talking at home as the family is excited about Sunday's game. She predicted the Seahawks will win 21-17.

"They need to be able to stop Peyton Manning," she said. "They need to let (running back) Marshawn Lynch run the ball. They've had many more wins when he was able to get at least 100 yards."

More game talk: Steve Monfelt, 66, of Manchester, said he'll be home for the Super Bowl with a party, his Denver Broncos team jersey and a cell phone.


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"My sister-in-law, Linda Hansard, lives in Seattle, and she's a Seahawks fan," said Monfelt, 66, of Manchester. "The text messages will be rolling during the game."

Monfelt, a Denver native, predicts his Broncos, led by quarterback Peyton Manning, will win 17-14.

"They have to stay on their game," he said. "When they get a big lead, they tend to back off. They can't do that (Sunday). And they have to make sure they're protecting Manning."

Seahawks fan Mike Hockman, 38, of York Haven said he believes his team will take the lead in the fourth quarter and win with a final score of 28-24.

"The Seahawks' defense is their strength, and for the Broncos, the offense is their strength," Hockman said. "The Seahawks would have to pass rush more to get to Manning to slow the pass routes down, force Manning to throw when he's not ready."

Like Jessica Mowery, Hockman said Lynch needs to get at least 100 rushing yards to help mobilize his team's offense, while wearing down the Broncos' defense.

Hockman said he's been rooting for the Seahawks since becoming a fan of now Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Largent, the team's wide receiver from 1976 to 1989.

Game plan: Both Hockman and Monfelt said they plan to watch the Super Bowl with their families.

Hockman said he was at CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Sunday, Jan. 19, when the Seahawks defeated the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC Championship and the trip to the Super Bowl.

"It was amazing the amount of energy in that stadium," he said. "My ears were still ringing until Wednesday."

Stewart Langley, 60, of Manchester Township, said he hasn't been to a Seahawks game since 1978, when he was stationed in Seattle for two years in the U.S. Army.

However, Langley is still a Seahawks fan and predicts they'll win if they don't give Manning time to throw, while they "release the beast," letting Lynch take command of the field with his running game.

"I'm just going to sit back and watch the game at home and be the 12th man," Langley said. "It's time for Seattle to have one of its sports teams win a championship and (the Super Bowl) is their best shot."

Game to remember: Kole Miller, a 17-year-old senior at Dallastown Area High School, said in an email interview that he will be at a Super Bowl party in Denver to cheer on his Broncos, as he could not get tickets for the game.

The student said he plans to stay in Denver for the Super Bowl championship parade if the Broncos win.

Kole, a native of Aurora Colo., said he hopes to see a Super Bowl win he can remember on Sunday. The teenager said he was too young to remember the Broncos' winning the Super Bowl for the 1997 and 1998 seasons, but has watched videos of those games.

For Sunday, Kole is predicting a 27-17 win for Broncos.

"The Broncos will need to protect Peyton Manning, stop (the Seahawks') run game, dominate time of possession, and win the turnover battle," he said. "If the Seahawks can't put pressure on (Manning), I don't see their offense keeping pace with the Broncos. A blowout is a good possibility."

—Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.