The Denver Broncos entered Super Bowl XLVIII as the most decorated offense in NFL history after obliterating records left and right all year long. From Peyton Manning’s ridiculous 55 touchdown tosses to the team’s absurd 606 points scored, many hallowed marks fell by the wayside thanks to Denver’s 2013 regular season efforts.
Though the team obviously entered its Groundhog Day clash with the Seattle Seahawks flying high, their offense failed to live up to its prolific statistics against the league’s No. 1 defense. Clearly Richard Sherman has been stealing many of the headlines this postseason with his boisterous ways, but the Seahawks have plenty of other guys on that defense capable of shutting down even the most impressive offenses the league has to offer.
Whether you look at their safety to open up the scoring with the quickest points in Super Bowl history or Malcolm Smith’s pick-six of Manning in the second quarter, the Seahawks were unarguably dominant all night long. The fact that they surrendered a mere 19 rushing yards made Denver one-dimensional and only further played into the hands of the “Legion of Boom.” Four costly turnovers from the Broncos ultimately led to their demise as the Seattle defense just proved to be relentless in this game.
No matter how many times people want to discount the importance of defense given the offensive direction that the league is heading in, it seems like having a great defense still trumps a top offense when it matters most. Statistics may get great ratings and high-flying offenses certainly put fannies in the seats, but when it comes to winning the trophy that matters it still requires a top defense.