Good morning. Let’s start with the defense.
Best ever? Michael Bennett said so.
“I told the you we’re the best defense ever,” Bennett said. “We could have played anyone today and did the same thing.”
Sunday was the first time Peyton Manning had trailed in a game by 29-plus points since 2002. It was the first game Manning’s club was held to less than 17 points since he joined Denver in 2012.
His 34 completions set one of the most meaningless records in Super Bowl history. Nothing he tried to do worked.
The first quarter was stunning. Russell Wilson had more pass attempts (13) at the end of it than the top offense in league history had yards (11). Kam Chancellor had already socked Demaryius Thomas and intercepted Manning by the end of it. The Seahawks never gave Denver an inch.
They tracked Manning’s eyes. For two weeks, they worked on being sure against underneath routes. The Broncos demolished teams this season with yards after the catch. The Seahawks never let that get started and Denver had no answer.
Quick sidenote: Richard Sherman said X-rays on his ankle were negative. Just a high ankle sprain.
Time to hop a plane home (sorry for the delay in posting, ran into some travel/Internet issues), so we’ll get to the links. First, our stuff:
> Here’s my game story, focused on the defense.
> Dave Boling says the Seahawks leave no doubt. They’re the best.
> John McGrath on unlikely MVP Malcolm Smith.
> Percy Harvin. Pretty good for his second full game of the season.
> Russell Wilson was a poised performer at the Super Bowl.
> Champ Bailey is open to returning to the Broncos.
> A photo gallery of Tacoma Seahawks fans.
> Our game photos.
> Some shots from the halftime show.
> 710 ESPN says it was difficult to pick an MVP.
> John Clayton writes that the Seahawks’ style brings back memories.
> SI also writes the game was a letdown because it was such a rout.
> The Everett Herald also says the Seahawks left no doubt.
> Pete Carroll gives a postgame speech with a little help at the end from Red Bryant.
> USA Today says Manning is great, but not in this Super Bowl.
> USA Today says the Seahawks are wonder what’s next.
> USA Today says Pete Carroll does it with his own style.