The Denver Broncos simply had no answers for the relentless and stifling defense of the Seattle Seahawks. The pass rush was all over Peyton Manning from jump street. The physical Seahawks corners were in the Broncos receivers’ faces all day and refused to give them any breathing room.
Earl Thomas patrolled the deep middle and made sure Manning wouldn’t have any chance of a big play. They also continued to be the most opportunistic defensive unit in the league. They forced three turnovers with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Malcolm Smith was particular turnover-happy as he recovered a fumble, intercepted of Manning and returned it all the way to the house.
Smith, Cliff Avril, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman all made life miserable for Manning all game long. In an offensive era in the league, offense the Seahawks are one of the few teams that still plays a stifling and physically dominant brand of football. They did it for all four quarters on the biggest stage of them all, and against arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Manning. It’s nothing short of astounding.
The Seahawks are a young team that is going nowhere, folks. The rest of the NFC must be shaking their heads. We are witnessing a dynasty in the making. This is just the start of something very, very special.