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Defensive Demolition

by grantjwaller
Feb 07, 2014 3:14 PM EST



The Seattle Seahawks performance in Super Bowl XLVIII last night was nothing short of outstanding. There 43-8 beat-down of the Denver Broncos will go down tied as the third largest margin of victory (35 points) in NFL Super Bowl history. The Dallas Cowboys 52-17 win over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVII is the other team. The other two bigger margins of victory are the San Francisco 49ers 55-10 win over the Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV and the Chicago Bears 46-10 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. Last night's loss gives the Broncos organization the record for most Super Bowl losses with five and three of the top five biggest blowouts in Super Bowl history. They also lost to the Washington Redskins 42-10 in Super Bowl XXII (32 points).
Back to the Seahawks complete domination. Right from the opening snap, when Manny Ramirez hiked the ball over Peyton Manning's head for a safety, the Bronco looked to be in trouble. Their defense kept Denver in the game early by holding Seattle to field goals in their next two possessions (8-0 after first quarter), but Manning and the Broncos offense could not get anything going. Kam Chancellor set the tone early with a huge hit on Demaryius Thomas running across the middle. Seattle held Denver to only 27 yards on the ground and got relentless pressure on Manning the entire game. He was only sacked once, but the continuous pressure resulted in three Manning turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble). Manning finished the game with a QBR of 24.4 which is the lowest this season and in the Super Bowl since Rex Grossman had a 7.1 against the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI.
The Broncos couldn't match the Seahawks intensity and physicality. They never seemed to even have a chance once the game started. They looked completely over-matched in every aspect of the game. Manning's lack of mobility hurt the Broncos. We saw in the NFC Championship game how effective Colin Kaepernick was when the pocket collapsed and he was able to still make plays. It's hard to see a traditional stand in the pocket quarterback like Manning or Tom Brady beat this Seattle defense. Their pass-rush and physicality is too much for a non-mobile quarterback. Guys like Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, and Kaepernick have all showed to have some success against this defense because they can extend plays that allows their receivers to get separation from Seattle's stout secondary. Aaron Rodgers and Ben Rothesberger also have the ability to move around the pocket and extend plays with their legs. I'm not saying those teams or quarterbacks would've beat Seattle, but that type of new-age mobile quarterback has the ability to find the holes in this defense.
With that being said, Seattle proved why they're the best defense in the NFL and that they were the best team all year. There's no arguing with the caliber of players on the defensive side. On the offense, Russell Wilson will only get better and played a great in the Super Bowl. Marshawn Lynch is a train off the tracks going down hill and we saw what Percy Harvin can do when he's heathy. This team is young and set up well to compete for a Super Bowl over the next few years. Seattle is definitely a dynasty in the making. The only question left is not if they will win the Super Bowl again, it's how many more will they win.