Here is more national – and even international – reaction to the Seahawks’ resounding Super Bowl victory.
The 1985 Chicago Bears. The 2000 Baltimore Ravens. The 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Those teams all rode dominant defenses to lopsided Super Bowl victories.
But it’s the 2013 Seattle Seahawks who turned in the best defensive performance in the now 48-year history of the National Football League’s big game. Their 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII was even more impressive than what the Bears (46-10), Ravens (34-7) and Buccaneers (48-21) did to their opponents.
The final score was Seahawks 43, Broncos 8, and yet somehow the margin of victory — the largest in a Super Bowl in 21 years — did not fully reflect the scope of Seattle’s domination. It was as if the Seahawks chose to unleash 38 years of frustration in 60 hellacious minutes, scoring the first 36 points en route to winning the first championship in franchise history.
The can’t-miss Hall of Fame quarterback was educated on what John Elway learned long before him, and what Denver fans who watched in horror must have realized, oh, about 10 minutes into this game — the Broncos were up against a deeper, more talented, faster, far more physical team. One guy couldn’t ever overcome that.
The Broncos woke up Sunday in a mismatch.
Sunday was about team speed. Seattle had it. It was about explosive plays. The Seahawks made them. It was about power. And Seattle was the enforcer.
That was a hungry team with a collective chip on its shoulder, feasting on horse meat.
The Seahawks are tough, talented and smart. But maybe it was a certain determination woven into the fabric of the Seahawks that put them over the top. Doubts were recycled as fuel.
Super Bowl XLVIII was the second most-watched Super Bowl in Canadian television history, with eight million viewers on CTV and RDS. In particular, the significant jump in audience numbers demonstrates the Seahawks impact in the Vancouver market. Viewers in the 25-to-54 age group were up 44 per cent; it was 33 per cent higher in the 18-to-49 cohort. It is the largest Super Bowl audience ever in Vancouver, according to NFL Canada.