By Josh Spaht
Super Bowl XLVIII resulted in one of the most lopsided, dominant victories in Super Bowl history. Although you would expect a blowout victory to come from a team that has been deemed a historically great offense, this one came from the team known for their great defense. The Seattle Seahawks, with their “Legion of Boom” defense, beat Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, 43 to 8. The victory was the 3rd largest margin in Super Bowl history, behind the 49er’s 55 to 10 victory over Denver in Super Bowl XXIV.
Twelve seconds into the game the Seahawks took the lead and would not give it up the rest of the game. Bronco’s center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball over Peyton Manning’s head and into the end zone. Knowshon Moreno recovered the ball for a safety, making the score 2 to 0 — the quickest score in Super Bowl history.
The loss marked the 5th Super Bowl loss for the Denver Broncos — more than any other NFL team. For Seattle, however, the victory was the first in franchise history, in only their second appearance. The city of Seattle now has championships with 3 of the 4 major American sports. The team without being the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball.
Despite only scoring a single touchdown in the game, Peyton Manning still managed to set a single Super Bowl game record for completed passes, with 34. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas set the record for receptions, with 13. Four players were tied with the previous record, 11; one of which being his teammate, Wes Welker. Thomas broke the record on a 14 yard touchdown pass at the end of the third quarter.
The performance by Seattle’s defense has given it a reputation as one of the great defenses in NFL history. The Legion of Boom has earned a place next to the Steeler’s great Steel Curtain in the 1970’s, the 2002 Super Bowl champion Ravens, the No Name defense of the Miami Dolphins in the early ‘70s, and the ‘85 Chicago Bears. Seattle’s defense scored 9 of the 43 points in the game.
“I wasn’t surprised by the score at all, Seattle has the best secondary, and the Broncos had a mediocre passing game.” Said NEHS senior Kristian Taylor. In a poll taken by ESPN, the vast majority of the country leaned towards the Broncos winning.
What made the defensive performance so spectacular was who it was done against. The 2013 Denver Broncos were recognized as a historically great offense. The team was highest scoring in the NFL, and quarterback Peyton Manning set the single season touchdown record, with 55.
With one of the youngest teams in the NFL, including quarterback Russell Wilson who finished only his second year, the Seahawks are in a great position to repeat in a championship title. Traditionally, championships are won by great defenses, and Seattle will have one of the game’s best for a long time.