Super Bowl 2014 Review: Seahawks' Defense Dominates in Historic Fashion

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You have heard all the same story lines for two weeks now surrounding Super Bowl XLVIII. From the best defense versus the best offense to how Richard Sherman has been talked about until I’m absolutely blue in the face, I am sure I know what color underwear he wears each day.

Then, there is Peyton Manning and one’s legacy defining game.

Peyton would have had to thank Sherman after the game if he had won because Richard Sherman made himself the topic of discussion instead of “Peyton ‘s Legacy”.

Then he went and backed up all the talk with a dominating defensive performance.

Unless you lived under a rock for two weeks, all you heard was Richard Sherman this and Richard Sherman that, or for Peyton, if he doesn’t win this game, he wont go down as one of the best quarterbacks of all-time.

I’m sorry, but that’s pressure. I know Peyton was talked about, but he wasn’t talked about anywhere near as much since Mr. Sherman had his little Erin Andrews interview.

I’m not one that believes Sherman premeditated that incident, but he has milked the issue dry ever since the ” mediocre” word was yelled towards Micheal Crabtree.

And why not? It doesn’t take a Stanford grad to realize when your stock or “brand” is at it’s hottest, you cash in. Sherman has correctly took full advantage of his rare situation.

Anyhow, here is a review of the actual game itself:

Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) is hit while he throws by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril (56) during the first half in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

First Half 

Seattle’s defense did not disappoint at all.

Coming out locking down and confusing Peyton with unforeseen speed, and it showed with a safety and an interception coming in the first quarter from this noticeably eager and dominant defense.

That being said the Bronco’s defense looked good as well only giving up eight points. Not bad considering their offense didn’t cross the fifty! The Bronco’s defense finally broke after an interception at the end of the first quarter left the Seahawks with remarkable field position again.

The Seahawks’ first touchdown, a one-yard Marshawn Lynch run—aided by a pass interference call on Denver’s Tony Carter—followed the turnover. At that point, Seattle held a 15-0 lead, 12 of those points coming off turnovers.

Then just when you thought Peyton wass making the drive to save the first-half, he gets clobbered mid throw and Malcolm Smith makes the second interception of the game. He took it 65 yards to the house to put Seattle on top 22-0.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, they entered the Super Bowl with the NFL’s best defensive efficiency, contributing 7.2 points per game to their net scoring margin (the next closest team was the Cincinnati Bengals, 4.7).

At this point, the Seahawks already had scored 19 of their 22 of their points off of turnovers if you count the safety.

Peyton gets ones more chance with a little over three minutes left in the second quarter and, he goes to work again completing pass after pass until a false start makes third and nine on the 25 and Moreno comes up short after Peyton’s pass.

Jon Fox elects to go for it on fourth and two, Peyton’s pass got deflected at the line of scrimmage resulting in one of Peyton Manning’s worst halves of football he’s ever played. Shut out in the first half of a legacy building game.

Did I mention they also held that high-powered offense to zero points. Yep, zero. Seemed irrelevant after the game tho.

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