Super Bowl 2014: Run Game Was Deciding Factor in Seattle Seahawks’ Win
Sunday night, the Seattle Seahawks ran over the Denver Broncos with a 43-8 victory in what was a very, very shocking way to end the 2013 NFL season. No, really, Seattle ran over the Broncos, comparatively speaking.
The Seahawks had a nice dosage of the run game throughout, rushing for 135 yards as a team. Wide receiver Percy Harvin was the most exciting feature of the attack Sunday night, as he took two carries a total of 45 yards. Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson and Robert Turbin also each ran for 39, 26 and 25 yards respectively.
Denver, on the other hand, didn’t look like they wanted to match the Seahawks’ intensity and commitment on the ground.
The fact that the Broncos didn’t seem to want to stick to the run game was a bit confusing, especially because Peyton Manning plays extremely well once he gets the opportunity to use the play-action pass. It appeared that Denver panicked early on after the game began heading in an unfamiliar direction, and Manning was seen passing much more often than not.
In fact, the Broncos only ran it 14 times during Super Bowl XLVIII, versus the Seahawks’ 29 rushes. Manning threw a whopping 49 times, which should give you an idea of just how early they gave up on the run game. It did not help that Knowshon Moreno was knocked out, leaving rookie Montee Ball as the primary back.
I understand that the game looked out of hand early in the third quarter, but there was more than enough time for the greatest quarterback of all-time to score some points and get back in the game, if given the right opportunity to do so. Instead, Denver went into desperation and completely abandoned anything ground-related.
Seattle dominated the battle on the ground, which gave them a significant advantage and ultimately played a part into why they came away with such a convincing victory. If Harvin can stay healthy, I cannot wait to see how this team runs the ball next season.