The Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl champions after knocking off the Denver Broncos, 43-8, to complete a tremendous season. As has become custom, the title will be celebrated with a parade through the city to give the fans a chance to join the fun.
Although Super Bowl XLVIII marked the end of the NFL season, the parade is the final event before the focus completely shifts to the offseason. Once the celebration ends, the seemingly endless talk about free agency and the draft will kick into overdrive.
With that in mind, let's check out all of the important information for this year's NFL championship parade based on the details released so far.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Route, via the Seattle Times:
The parade will start at 11 a.m. on Fourth Avenue south of Denny Way, and will continue along Fourth, arriving at CenturyLink Field around 1:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to carpool or travel to the parade route using transit, as parking will be very limited.
2013-14 NFL Champions
The Seahawks showed that the old adage "defense wins championships" still rings true in the NFL. The best defensive team in the league throughout the season, Seattle passed its toughest test by demolishing Peyton Manning and the high-powered Broncos offense to capture the title in convincing fashion.
Richard Sherman and his "Legion of Boom" teammates weren't afraid to do some trash talking because they always knew they could back it up, the most prominent example of course being Sherman's postgame rant after the NFC title game (via CNN):
I'm the best cornerback in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like (the 49ers Michael) Crabtree, that's the result you are going to get. Don't you ever talk about me.
In an era where high-powered passing games are taking the league by storm, the Seahawks won because they returned to the basics this season: a strong rushing attack led by Marshawn Lynch to control the clock and an elite defense to shut down opponents.
It worked to perfection all the way through the Super Bowl. Yes, Russell Wilson and the passing game helped along the way, but in the end it was an old-school plan that allowed the Seahawks to outlast the other 31 teams this season.
As for the parade, perhaps no fanbase is more deserving than Seattle's. The “12th Man” concept has really taken hold in the Pacific Northwest and has played a key role in the team's complete dominance at home over the past two seasons.
All told, it was a memorable season for a Seahawks team that forced opponents out of their comfort zone on a weekly basis. Expect the celebration to be quite raucous; they probably wouldn't want it any other way.
Looking ahead, there's no reason to believe the two sides won't be top contenders once again next season. Mike Wilkening of Pro Football Talk noted before the Super Bowl that the oddsmakers had already made Denver, Seattle and the San Francisco 49ers co-favorites for the 2015 Super Bowl.
A lot of things can happen during the offseason, but both the Broncos and Seahawks have enough depth and star power to overcome any losses. They will also be able to plug whatever holes may develop through the draft and free agency.
It brings a Super Bowl rematch squarely in the realm of possibility. There are 30 other teams working to make sure that doesn't happen, however.