The Seahawks’ dominant victory is bringing in praise from around the nation. Here is a sample of some of it.
Not even Chris Christie could stop the Seahawks.
With the blowout in full swing, Seattle played to the Seahawks crowd that had traveled across the country, flailing their hands for them to get louder—as if that were even a possibility.
No cold weather shut down the Super Bowl. Seattle’s defense handled that.
Carroll’s spirits, always zestful, were hardly dampened as he and the Seahawks partied until the wee hours Monday. The rapper Macklemore, a Seattle native and Seahawks fan who counts Carroll among his admirers, took the stage and performed. So did Seattle’s owner, the Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who strummed a guitar with his band.
To the Seahawks, Manning was just another quarterback to smother and suffocate, to force into bad decisions and worse throws and turnovers that would tilt the game in their favor. This was how the Seahawks had won all season, and this was how they won Super Bowl XLVIII. This was how they became champions.
The NFL lucked out with about the best day you can ask for here in early February — it was 49 degrees at kickoff. So the weather never was a factor. Neither was the record-setting Broncos offense.
The Seahawks emphatically proved in a league in which offense and scoring is on the rise annually, defense still wins championships.
What the Seattle Seahawks did to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII was all about Pete Carroll’s personal style and what his teams want to do every time they step on the field. And what they did to the Broncos was this:
The Seahawks unleashed hell.
Paul Allen didn’t quite believe what he was seeing, no matter how many plays the Seattle Seahawks made and how hard general manager John Schneider excitedly pounded on him in the owner’s box Sunday night.
Like most everyone else, Allen was waiting for the response that never came from the Denver Broncos, whose destruction was so thorough at the hands of the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII it was hard not to think about the possibility Seattle is set up to do it again.
The 2013 Seahawks mirrored those 1985 Bears. Chicago was the last NFL defense to lead the league in fewest yards and fewest points allowed, as well as most takeaways. Monsters of the Midway, meet the Legion of Boom. The Seahawks defense shut out the Broncos for three quarters and forced four Denver turnovers.
Manning & Co. had no answer for an attacking and opportunistic defense that silenced the best group of skill-position players in the league. Seattle’s Legion of Boom secondary was only part of the story on a night when its defensive line made life miserable for Manning.
The Seattle Seahawks didn’t just pressure Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. They seemed to scare him. They didn’t just shut down running back Knowshon Moreno. They made him a non-factor. And they didn’t just win Seattle’s first Super Bowl, 43-8, bringing home a sterling silver trophy to a city previously known only for heartbreak. They made a case to be considered among the best defenses of all time.
This defense had it all. We came in praising the Seattle secondary endlessly, and the secondary played great, putting a halo of punishment on almost every Denver reception. By that, I mean every play, no matter what the route or who the receiver was, had two or three defenders pouncing within a millisecond of the catch. Clearly, Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase should have called some double moves, or more deep stuff to try to clear out the middle of the field. Seattle was so on top of everything Manning did.
My goodness was the Seahawks’ manhandling of the Broncos complete, producing the third-largest Super Bowl blowout in history. Seattle scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams, and threw in a safety on the game’s first play from scrimmage, just to set the tone of what was to come. The Seahawks’ 36 unanswered points to open the game were the most ever in a Super Bowl. And did I mention the Seahawks scored 12 seconds into both halves, almost instantly killing any chance Denver had of generating momentum?
The Denver Broncos offense set all the regular-season records. But the Seattle Seahawks’ defense will be the one remembered as an all-time great.
Coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider spent the last four years building the toughest, deepest, most versatile defense in football. Their vision was fully realized for the world to see on the game’s biggest stage. (Not bad for a coach that was fired twice in his NFL career).