Super Bowl XLVIII: Will weather impact MetLife Stadium play?

The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks are in New Jersey on Monday ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.

The pre-game action this week, though, is across the Hudson River, in New York City where 13 blocks of Broadway in Midtown Manhattan now make up "Super Bowl Boulevard."

There's a tremendous amount of excitement in Times Square as Super Bowl week kicks off, but unlike previous games in warm-weather climates or in dome stadiums, one thing seems to be dominating the conversation -- the weather.

Frigid temperatures greeted the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks when they touched down at Newark Airport as both teams prepare to take the field on Sunday.

Peyton Manning said: "I feel like we've seen a lot as far as on-the-field situations, weather, crowd noise, you name it with this team. So I do feel comfortable."

The Seahawks' coach Pete Carroll said: "Our mentality is strong and I think we understand that about what it takes to perform in a game of this kind of magnitude."

Weather could certainly play a big factor at MetLife Stadium. Snow may be in the forecast during the NFL's first ever cold-weather outdoor Super Bowl.

Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson said: "We'll be prepared to do whatever it takes to win, and make sure that were doing everything we can to protect the football and make plays, and hopefully, it snows. That would be fun, to play Super Bowl XLVIII in the snow."

Denver coach John Fox said: "To be a championship football team, you got to be weatherproof, and I think our football team played in all different elements this year." 

But battling the elements isn't the only challenge -- getting both teams to New Jersey took a coordinated and comprehensive game plan.

Airport Operations supervisor Jason Frank called it all "a little hectic, controlled chaos."

CBS News went behind-the-scenes with United Airlines to see the Broncos operation first-hand.

Rob Pikowski, a United Airlines pilot, said, "When you wake up this morning, you know you're doing something a little different than you do every day, so it adds a little bit of excitement to the flight."

Aboard the 767 were 177 passengers, along with 12,000 pounds of equipment and cargo.

Stephanie Desantis, charter coordinator for the Denver Broncos, said: "Making sure that they're comfortable is the most important thing when it comes down to it."

The most important thing for law enforcement is keeping the public safe. This week, 400,000 fans are expected to descend on the New York area, and 4,000 personnel from federal, state and local agencies will be patrolling the waterways and streets to ensure the game goes off without incident.

Lt. Col. Edward Cetnar, Super Bowl incident commander, said, "We'll hopefully mitigate any type of threat coming in here whether it be waterborne, somebody acting suspicious trying to come in to a perimeter trying to prove a point."

Both teams will be practicing indoors this week in New York Jets and New York Giants facilities this week. It's anybody's guess at this point what the conditions will be like come kickoff which is scheduled for 6:25 p.m. Sunday night.

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