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5 Reasons Why the Seattle Seahawks Won Super Bowl XLVIII

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5 Reasons Why the Seattle Seahawks Won Super Bowl XLVIII

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Coming off of Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII, it's pretty clear that the Seattle Seahawks are the best team in the NFL. In what was one of the most disappointing Super Bowls in history, the Seahawks not only beat the Denver Broncos; they straight up demolished them. And in the process of their 43-8 beat down of the Broncos, Seattle showed that they are not to be taken lightly by any team -- even teams with Peyton Manning at the helm. Perhaps Seattle showed us all that defense does still win championships.

Leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, we all heard it. The No. 1 offense takes on the No. 1 defense with the best of the best in two teams that were easily the best in the NFL. However, once the game actually got underway it became very apparent that one team was much more prepared than their opponent. After their first offensive play resulted in a bad snap and a safety, it was all downhill from there for Manning and co. And for the Seahawks it provided a jolt of energy that the team rode all game long.

In what was supposed to be a battle of the superpowers, only one team prevailed. There are numerous reasons why Seattle was able to come away victorious, and quite honestly it was hard to limit this list to only five things. With that said, in a game that disappointed almost everyone the Seattle Seahawks came out on top, and here are five reasons why.

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5. Russell Wilson

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He might not put up mind-boggling stats, but there is no doubt Russell Wilson is quickly becoming one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. His leadership and ability to remain calm are at a level rarely seen, and in Super Bowl XLVIII Wilson was as cool as a cucumber. He is the reason Seattle's offense was able to thrive.

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4. Percy Harvin

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In one game, Percy Harvin proved that Seattle's offseason trade to land him was well worth it. Harvin's kickoff return touchdown to start the second half was a huge play in the game, and it's that play that really took the wind out of Denver's sails.

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3. Coaching

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Pete Carroll and his staff came out ready to win, and it showed. Carroll showed exactly why his players love playing for him as he made adjustments where necessary and kept the Seahawks from relaxing. On the other side, John Fox was thoroughly outcoached, and in the end Carroll showed why he is one of the best coaches in the league.

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2. Denver Turnovers

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Going into Super Bowl XLVIII, everyone had heard how smart the Broncos were with the ball. Then the actual game started, and all of a sudden an offense that was so efficient was suddenly was turning the ball over at an alarming rate. And against Seattle, Denver's turnovers proved to be too costly to overcome.

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1. Defense

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This one shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. All along we all knew that the Seattle's defense was the key to winning, and they came through big time. It was a truly super defense on Super Sunday.