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The 5 Most Important Players to the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl 2014 Win

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The 5 Most Important Players to the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl 2014 Win

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The Seattle Seahawks made a statement to the entire nation on Sunday Night. They have arrived. The rest of the NFL and specifically the NFC is on notice as well. This team is legit. No doubt about it.

They made the Denver Broncos, and Peyton Manning (who broke every offensive record imaginable) look completely pedestrian. It was a sight to behold.

The Seahawks simply suffocated the Broncos' receivers at the line of scrimmage. They harassed Peyton Manning all night long. When Manning did have time, there weren't many instances in which he had open men to throw to.

It was as impressive a defensive performance as I have seen in a long, long time. On this night the Seahawks let their play do all the talking, and it was one loud statement. They made the Broncos' receivers pay for getting extra yards. The middle of the field, which many figured the likes of Julius Thomas and Wes Welker would take advantage of, was completely shut down.

It was a defensive performance for the ages. Not since early in his career has any team made Manning look this foolish, and frankly human. He looked like a rookie quarterback who was a deer in headlights at times.

Get used to this Seattle Seahawks team, folks. They are going nowhere. With additions in the draft and free agency they are only going to get stronger. With a young, dynamic winning quarterback, a stud running back, and a defense that is at the top looking down at everyone else, the rest of the league is in for a dog fight trying to dethrone this bunch.

Let's take a look at the 5 most important players to the Seattle Seahawks 2014 Super Bowl Victory.

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Percy Harvin

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Percy Harvin returned in emphatic fashion. He rushed for nearly 50 yards, was a major threat in the screen game, and broke the game wide open with his kickoff return for a touchdown at the start of the third quarter. It was a game to remember for the dynamic receiver.

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Kam Chancellor

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Kam Chancellor has been the enforcer in the Seahawks' secondary all season and that didn't change on Super Bowl Sunday. He laid out everyone in his wake, had a team high 10 tackles, and even had two passes defended. Chancellor was all over the field.

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Russell Wilson

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Russell Wilson got the nerves out of his system early. After that he was nearly flawless. Wilson made every play he needed to with his feet and legs and for a second-year quarterback it looked like just another day at the office. The future is bright for this young signal caller.

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Cliff Avril

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Cliff Avril was a menace off the edge for the Seahawks. While he didn't record a sack, he made life miserable for Peyton Manning all night long, and even batted down two of Manning's passes in the process. Avril was a stud in this one.

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Malcolm Smith

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Malcolm Smith was a heat-seeking missile out there. He was also all over the field. He had an interception, a fumble recovery, and even took one to the house for good measure. Smith was the deserving MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII.