Broncos tight end Julius Thomas would expect nothing less in the Super Bowl than to face the best. The matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Broncos pits the top seeds in the AFC and NFC — and Thomas and the Broncos' No. 1 offense against the Seahawks' No. 1 defense.

"This is for all the marbles, so I'm pretty sure it will be a tough game all around," Thomas said. "It's the Super Bowl, so it's going to be tough. ... I'm pretty sure you're going to see two teams playing as physical as possible."

Seattle's "Legion of Boom" defense has a reputation for being physical. Expect Denver's receivers to get heavy man-to-man coverage and bumping at the line of scrimmage by the likes of all-pro cornerback Richard Sherman.

"He's done a great job ever since he's been in the league," Thomas said. "He likes to have a little fun out there. I don't necessarily think there is anything wrong with that."

Sherman tipped a pass at the end of Seattle's 23-17 NFC championship game victory Sunday, leading to an interception by a teammate that clinched the game. Sherman then went ballistic in a postgame TV interview, praising himself and criticizing San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree.

"I know he's a terrific player, a great cover guy," Broncos coach John Fox said.

As for Sherman's postgame rant, Fox wasn't about to be drawn into a controversy.

"I really can't comment," he said. "I know the Seahawks are statistically very good on defense and in particular pass defense. I'm sure their secondary has a lot to do with that."

Seattle ranked first in fewest yards allowed per game (273.6), fewest passing yards allowed (172.0) and fewest points allowed per game (14.4).

Thomas has had a breakout season as a third-year pro. In the playoffs, he has been clutch, with six catches for 76 yards against San Diego in the divisional round and eight catches for 85 yards Sunday in the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots.