By all means Seattle Seahawks played a fundamentally sound football game and created turnovers when needed, but the Seahawks ‘Legion of Boom’ may have played the biggest role in the victory. The NFL’s reigning Most Valuable Player, Peyton Manning, was pressured and flustered throughout the whole game. Seattle’s front four on the defensive line along with the secondary just blanketed Peyton’s key targets throughout the entire game.
The Legion of Boom led by all pro cornerback Richard Sherman dominated the opposition causing two of the Denver Broncos four turnovers in the game while bringing about many other disruptions, a few leading to the Broncos turning over the ball on downs. The Seahawks do have a little concern to come in the following days as Richard Sherman injured his ankle midway through the fourth quarter and was shown at the end of the game in a boot. Other members of the secondary stepped up admirably and made plays of their own throughout the game. Byron Maxwell caused a crucial fumble on what might of been a scoring drive for the Broncos and other fill-in players like Cody Lane and Walter Thurmond played well as they held the Broncos to only eight points the entire Super Bowl.
The game started off in one of the craziest ways ever seen before in the Super Bowl. Peyton Manning lost the snap over his head and the ball rolled into the endzone for the eventual safety; the Denver Broncos never recovered. Manning went on to throw two uncharacteristic interceptions and the number one ranked offense in the NFL was held to their lowest point total all season long. Peyton had a record setting year, surpassing the total yards mark for a quarterback set by Drew Brees. He also surpassed Tom Brady’s total touchdown record in a season as well to move on to win a unanimous Most Valuable Player Award; The announcement came the day before the Super Bowl was played. It was a match up destined for one to give with Seattle boasting the top ranked defense coming in the league. Some did not want to consider what happened between the two team in the preseason, but Seattle rolled on just like they did then to win the Lombardi Trophy.
Not surprisingly the MVP for the Super Bowl was awarded to a member of the Seattle defense, Linebacker Malcolm Smith. Smith made one of the huge splash plays in the game intercepting a tipped Peyton Manning pass and returning it for a touchdown late in the second quarter. One of the main themes coming into the game was the inexperience of Russel Wilson versus the poise and experience of the veteran Peyton Manning, the defense solely took it out of their young quarterbacks hands and made plays without the offense having to put too much pressure on themselves to perform. On the national stage with every one in the United States watching, the Legion of Boom showed everyone why they are the toughest defensive backfield in the league.With the youth and still emerging talent for each player on the defensive side of the ball, this group of young men still have plenty of room to expand into possibly one of the the most dominant defenses the league has ever seen. While Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas roam the field the Legion of Boom may once again provide the opportunity for the Seahawks to reach another Super Bowl and add to their only Super Bowl victory in their Team’s history.
by Justin Huffman