Seahawks put on one of greatest performances in an NFL title game.
The old adage of ‘defense wins championships’ was apparent at the MetLife Stadium on Sunday night, as the Seattle Seahawks were crowned Super Bowl champions following their dominant 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos.
The league’s best defense was able to stifle the best offense, as the five-time MVP Peyton Manning was unable to get going while the Seahawks took their chances with the ball in their hands.
Seattle (16-3) were too quick, too physical and too good for Denver on the defensive end, while a 69-yard interception return touchdown by Malcolm Smith and a sensational 87-yard kickoff return from Percy Harvin did the damage at the other end.
“This is an amazing team. Took us four years to get to this point, but they never have taken a step sideways,” coach Pete Carroll said, as reported by ESPN. “These guys would not take anything but winning this ballgame.”
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Manning’s legacy was brought into question after the game as he has now gone 11-12 in the post-season and 1-2 in the Super Bowl.
However, much of his failings on Sunday night were to do with the much-celebrated ‘Legion of Boom’ secondary and general pressure from the Seahawks throughout as they forced four turnovers.
In contrast, Russell Wilson, who has an NFL-record 28 wins in his first two pro seasons was able to outshine his experienced rival as Richard Sherman hopes that this team has now etched its name into the history books.
It was a nightmare ending to what has been a great season for Denver and Manning, but the Seahawks their 12th Man were ultimately just too strong on the night.
Watch Fox Sports’ re-cap of Super Bowl XLVIII in the video below: