It was the battle of the immovable object versus the irresistible force. The league’s best offence versus the league’s best defense. The one-man passing clinic versus the Legion of Boom. The Denver Broncos versus the Seattle Seahawks for all the marbles in Super Bowl XLVIII, the first Super Bowl to ever be held in a cold weather climate. As it turns out, the weather wasn’t a factor; however, what was a factor was Seattle’s spectacular defense. The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII, destroying Peyton Manning’s top-ranked offense and making the record-setting Broncos look like an unprepared high school team facing off against professionals.
“This is an amazing team,” said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. “These guys would never take anything but winning this game.”
In 2011, the Seahawks were the worst division champion in football history. Three seasons later, they’re Super Bowl champions. It’s a pretty amazing comeback story and a pretty amazing turn-around for one of the NFL’s most long-suffering franchises, thanks to a Super Bowl loss to the Steelers in SBXL. Now they’ve been vindicated, and Russell Wilson is assured of the respect he deserves as one of the top quarterbacks in football despite his lack of height. For Richard Sherman and the Legion of Boom, it’s vindication for their trash-talking and occasional too-hard hits.
As for Peyton Manning, this may be his last chance at a title. The talk of retirement is strong around him, and at 37, he won’t have much hope of improving next year, unless his team develops a sudden power running game like it did in the waning years of John Elway. He’ll be taking a lot of knocks, but he’s one of the best quarterbacks of all time and he’s at least got a Super Bowl ring, so it could be a lot worse. Besides, if this offense remains this potent and they can somehow get better protection, they may be back next year.
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