Will Super Bowl experience be a deciding factor?

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NEW YORK — Peyton Manning has been to the Super Bowl twice, with one ring. His Denver Broncos’ head coach, John Fox, guided the 2003 Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl.

The Broncos also have Wes Welker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, all have had Super Bowl experience.

The Seahawks do not have a single player or coach who has made it to the NFL’s ultimate stage before this week, the first team since the 1990 Bills with that distinction.

Or do they?

Asked about his team’s inexperience during a press conference Sunday night, an hour after his team stepped off the plane from Seattle, coach Pete Carroll declared that the Seahawks do in fact have a player who’s been through Super Bowl week — Ricardo Lockette.

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