The 12th Man appeared to have a supernal effect on Super Bowl XLVIII. The Seattle Seahawks scored 12 seconds into each half and stomped the Denver Broncos, 43-8, for the first Super Bowl title in franchise history.
Scoring 43 points is impressive, but holding the record-setting Broncos offense to just eight points is one of the most impressive feats in Super Bowl history. The Seahawks may not have even scored 30 points without their defense and special teams, with a safety, kickoff return and interception return for a touchdown.
The Seahawks, you could say, bring together football styles both old and new. Old-school football fans have some measure of vindication, with the hard-hitting Seahawks representing the idea that the days of dominant defense have not gone the way of the dinosaur yet. Their offense, meanwhile, is led by quarterback Russell Wilson, whose combination of a big arm and fast legs makes him part of a new wave of quarterbacks sweeping over the NFL.
Put the two together, and you have the recipe for a Super Bowl champion.
With one of the youngest rosters in the league, get used to the Seahawks being in big games. For the Broncos, the outlook is much less bright. Several of their key players on offense and defense are aging and have expiring contracts.
The emotions, like the results, are on both ends of the spectrum, so here's a look at some of the winners and losers from the big game.