Seahawks had it from the very first play

Zack Fulkerson/Sports Columnist

Zack Fulkerson/Sports Columnist

For the first time in NFL history the Seattle Seahawks have won the Super Bowl. In what nobody could have believed would be a blowout victory, the No. 1 defense Seahawks destroyed Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos’ No. 1 offense for a 43-8 victory.

I predicted a Seahawks win, but even I would have never imagined that this game would’ve ended with a score as decisive as this one. But I intend to explain just why Seattle managed to win this game in definitive fashion.

As expected, the Seahawks’ defense completely shutdown the Broncos’ offense. Manning and his offensive unit barely crossed into Seattle territory in the 48th Super Bowl at MetLife stadium. It has been 13 years since a Super Bowl team has been shutout in the first half, and exactly no one thought that Sunday would be the day.  Despite managing comparable yards on offense — Denver racking up 306 compared to Seattle’s 341 — this Broncos team could simply not get anything going. They even outdid Seattle in first downs, as well as passing yards, but scored on a single drive in the game.

True to form, this was thanks to an explosive showing from the Legion of Boom and the rest of Seattle’s defensive 11, who forced four big turnovers. A special thanks goes to Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith, who snatched a 69-yard pick-six and recovered a fumble, which turned into a score. Other than its loss to the Chargers in Week 15, the Broncos were held to its least productive offense all season long  (they managed just 295 total yards in that game).

Interestingly enough, San Diego also held Manning to his least amount of passing yards all season. This came in the first round of the playoffs as the Broncos defeated the Chargers, 24-17.  But again, the Seahawks took a close second, holding the superstar to just 279 passing yards Sunday night. As he regularly has in cold weather, Manning stumbled and fell in the cold temperatures. He completed 69 percent of his passes (slightly improved from his 66 percent in previous seasons with temperatures under 40 degrees), but averaged just 5.7 yards-per-pass. He also threw two interceptions.  Manning’s total QB rating on the night was 73.5, compared to his 115 rating going into the game.

And  let’s give it up for Russell Wilson. He did exactly what he needed to do: he exposed a weak Denver secondary and turned out an impressive passing performance in what many predicted would be dominated by the run game. Wilson completed 18-of-25 for 206 yards and averaged 8.2 yards-per-pass. He also recorded two passing touchdowns. The third-round pick from University of Wisconsin didn’t throw a single interception, keeping his postseason record perfect in that regard. His quarterback rating on the night?  123.1, compared to his 101.2 rating going into the game.

Needless to say, the Seahawks played a better game across the board. They fell in line with the trends, now recording the fourth time in a row that a Super Bowl first-timer quarterback defeated a Super Bowl veteran in the big game. Not to mention, they saved bookies in Las Vegas — and across the country — big bucks, as the world over bet their money on Manning and the Broncos. If I was ever right in a Super Bowl, I knew Sunday would be the night. I hope the Denver fans at MetLife were also Bruno Mars fans, or else they had nothing to be excited about.

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