Seahawks vs. Broncos: Seattle Proves It's Truly NFL's Most Complete Team

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIFebruary 3, 2014

Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks completely dominated the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl XLVIII, proving to the world that they're truly the best team in the NFL.

A 43-8 win over the Broncos was one of the biggest beatdowns in Super Bowl history. The Seahawks looked unstoppable from the start, and they kept pouring it on despite so many people betting against them throughout the season.

Looking at every aspect of the Seahawks, it's easy to see that they were the league's most complete team and were truly deserving of a Super Bowl title.

Of course, the first thing that pops out about the Seahawks is the excellent play by the Legion of Boom. Players like Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and the rest of the secondary played a huge role in the game, completely shutting down Peyton Manning.

With the exception of Demaryius Thomas, the Broncos were almost completely shut down in the passing game. The secondary kept the Broncos receivers from making plays deep down the field, so Manning had to settle with plenty of shorter routes, especially crossing routes.

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The final numbers for Peyton weren't very pretty. He finished 34-of-49 for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, giving him a passer rating of just 73.5.

While the front seven came up with just one sack, the pressure was almost always there on Peyton. One of his interceptions came off of a deflected pass at the line of scrimmage while he was getting hit, and that was a pattern throughout the game.

One player on that front seven came up with a particularly big play. In the second quarter, Malcolm Smith returned an interception 69 yards for the touchdown, and after adding nine total tackles along with that, he was named the Super Bowl MVP.

The defense as a whole was so dominant that it made history on several fronts, putting up the fastest score in Super Bowl history and being the first team in the game to score on a safety, interception for touchdown and kick return for touchdown.

On offense, Marshawn Lynch didn't make a ton of plays, but the running game as a whole was a big reason for the team's success. Percy Harvin was the team's leading rusher, putting up 45 rushing yards on two carries while the team as a whole finished with 135 yards and a touchdown on just 29 carries.

Sophomore quarterback Russell Wilson showed signs of nerves early, missing some throws pretty badly. But he calmed down and put up some very nice numbers, completing 18 of his 25 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, giving him a 123.1 passer rating.

Even the special teams was on point and ready to play in this game. Jon Ryan had to punt just once, booting it a solid 45 yards, while Steven Hauschka made both of his field goals and all five extra-point attempts. But the biggest play of the day on special teams came from Harvin, who returned a kick 87 yards for the score to start the second half.

Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) returns a kick for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sp
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In the end, the Seahawks were dominant in every aspect of the game against a team many people thought was the best in the league with one of the best quarterbacks to ever play. But Seattle showed just how good it really was against a team like Denver in the Super Bowl, completely shutting them down.

With the 2013 season officially over, it's safe to say that the Seahawks were the league's best and most complete team.