Seahawks vs. Broncos: Takeaways from Seattle's 43-8 Super Bowl Win Over Denver
The Seahawks dominated in all three phases of the game and left no doubt as to which team was the best in the NFL this season. It was the team's most complete game of the season, and it happened on the league's biggest stage.
Before everyone begins getting ready for the parade, here are eight takeaways from Sunday's Super Bowl festivities.
Defense Wins Championships
Offense wins games. Defense wins championships.
It is an old sports cliche, but for now it has been proven correct. This was a matchup of the NFL's best offense against the NFL's best defense, and the defense dominated the game.
When it was all over, it was the defense-orientated Seahawks who put 43 points on the scoreboard and won by five touchdowns.
No Super-Slow Start
After a season full of slow starts from Seattle's offense, they had no such problems in the Super Bowl. The Seahawks scored on both of their first-quarter possessions and were four-of-six on third-down conversions in the opening period.
The only problem was that both drives bogged down in the red zone, forcing the team to settle for field goals, but that didn't matter in the end. The Seahawks took the lead just 12 seconds into the game and never relinquished it.
Russell Wilson Outdueled Peyton Manning
Russell Wilson has been criticized for the past few weeks. He has been called tentative, indecisive and inaccurate. Perhaps the worst of the criticism was his reputation as a game-manager, as if the team only wins because he doesn't screw things up.
To make it worse, he was going up against legend Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl. The script said that Wilson was going to melt under the pressure. The script was wrong.
Wilson outshone Manning from the opening kickoff to lifting the Lombardi Trophy. He completed a higher percentage of his passes, had a higher average yards gained per pass attempt and threw more touchdowns. He also had no turnovers, while Manning had three.
Manning may be one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, but on Sunday it was Wilson who was the better player in the Super Bowl.
Seattle's Defense Was Dominant
Seattle's defense held the NFL's best offense to just 27 rushing yards and held Manning to under 300 passing yards. They also collected four turnovers and gave up just eight points.
From start to finish, it was an absolutely dominant performance, and the outcome of the game was never in doubt. Seattle's defense was bigger, stronger, faster and simply better than Denver's offense.
Percy Harvin Is Very Fast
There have been very few Percy Harvin sightings on the field this season; he played in just five quarters before the Super Bowl. But none of that mattered on Sunday.
Harvin was a difference-maker throughout the game. He took the ball on the first play from scrimmage for the Seahawks and ran around the left end for 30 yards. He added a 15-yard run later in the game.
Harvin's speed was apparent whenever he was on the field, but nothing he did on offense compares to what he did with the kickoff to start the second half.
The Broncos tried to kick the ball away from Harvin, but he took it off a bounce and was off to the races. Eighty-seven yards later, Harvin was into the end zone. The play extended Seattle's lead and left no chance for the Broncos to consider making a comeback.
Wow, Percy Harvin is fast. #reporting— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 3, 2014
The Super Bowl Commercials Were a Hit
While it is safe to say the GoDaddy commercials are awful and that they need to find some new ideas, the rest of this year's crop were creative and entertaining. The people out there who watch the Super Bowl just for the commercials should not have been disappointed.
Doritos had a fake time machine. Bud Light made fun of the fact that they bought a ton of airtime during the game. Even car maker Maserati got into the act with a brilliant ad for one of their cars.
Tim Tebow even decided to join in and made fun of the fact that he is no longer an NFL player in a commercial for cell-phone carrier T-Mobile.
After years of boring and uncreative Super Bowl commercials, this year's crop was definitely solid.
It Is Going to Be a Very Long Offseason
This season has been a magical ride unlike anything the Seahawks and their fans have ever experienced. It has been an amazing adventure, and the entire region has been inflicted with a feverish excitement for their football team.
After the parade on Wednesday, there will be almost no Seahawks events for over six months. There will be nothing to quench the football-related thirst that this season has created.
The time between now and the first game of the 2014 season is going to feel like an eternity.
The Seattle Seahawks Are Super Bowl Champions
The Seahawks entered the league in 1976. They played in their first conference championship game in 1983. They made their first trip to the Super Bowl in 2005 but came up short that year.
Now in 2014, the Seahawks have won Super Bowl XLVIII. It is the first championship in franchise history, and the first championship for the city of Seattle since the Supersonics won the NBA title back in 1979.
All that's left to do is hold the parade.
Congratulations, Seattle. It's time to celebrate.