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Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks Who Will Crack Under Pressure

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The Seattle Seahawks defense made a play and came up big when it needed to, as it has done all year. Football truly is a game of inches. It looked like Michael Crabtree was open in the end zone, but Richard Sherman made an excellent play getting a hand on the ball leading to an interception.

Sherman let everyone and their mother hear about it afterward in a real lack of class by the young cornerback. Let your play do your talking. The Seahawks now move on to the Super Bowl. This is truly a match up of strength against strength.

The No. 1 offense vs. the No. 1 defense. On paper this looks like a tilt for the ages. Peyton Manning has seen every defensive look imaginable, so he won't be fooled by this crew. Conversely, the Seahawks have done a masterful job all season, especially in the back 7 and have neutralized even the most high powered offenses.

After Sherman's antics and some of the crowd throwing food at a wounded warrior in Navarro Bowman, my bet is on the Denver Broncos being America's darling for the next few weeks.

The Seahawks have not been acting like they have been there before. That is something Manning should take advantage of. Humility eventually comes back to bite us all. Perhaps Sherman will learn that the hard way.

Regardless off all the off field noise in terms of football, this is a scintillating match up. This is an affair the football purists will salivate over. The unstoppable force vs. the immovable object. Great offense vs. great defense. It should be a dandy.

Let's take a look at five Seahawks who will crack under the pressure of Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Byron Maxwell

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It is usually Richard Sherman's responsibility to blanket the opposition's top receiver. It is Maxwell's job to take care of the second option. The Broncos happen to have a heck of a second receiver in Eric Decker. Maxwell's hands will be full and I believe Decker will get the best of this match up with an inexperienced corner.

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Doug Baldwin

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Give credit to Doug Baldwin, he had a heck of a championship game. Can he carry the load for four quarters at receiver in the biggest game of the season, though? No. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will shadow Baldwin all game long and render him useless in this one.

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Marshawn Lynch

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Marshawn Lynch is a beast. Meet Terrence Knighton. Knighton completely dominated the line of scrimmage as the Pats' dominant ground game was thwarted by the big fella. With the Seahawks' lack of down field weapons, Knighton and the rest of the Broncos' solid run defense will be allowed to key in on Lynch and limit the damage he does.

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Russell Wilson

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Russell Wilson has made the plays he has needed to win games and has been a nice "compliment" to the Seahawks' great defense and running attack, but I have yet to see him take over a game. I have frankly been underwhelmed with Wilson this postseason. I think if the Broncos force Wilson to beat them with his arm, they will come away winners.

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Richard Sherman

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Richard Sherman likes to talk, talk and then talk some more. For a guy who made one play all game, he certainly likes to talk a lot. Granted, a lot of that has to do with the 49ers avoiding him. Regardless, the great Peyton Manning won't be shy about targeting him irregardless of how "great" he thinks he is. Look for Manning and Demaryius Thomas to shut this clown up come Super Bowl Sunday.