How the Seahawks smashed in Super bowl XLVIII
Russell Wilson led the 2013 Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos by the score of 43 to 8. Russell Wilson’s ability to scramble and pass with the help of a punishing top ranked defense that never let Manning find his rhythm and a freight train of a running back in Marshawn Lynch.
Super bowl XLVIII
The Seahawks victory ushered Russell Wilson into the exclusive pantheon of elite NFL quarterbacks. The skills, leadership and toughness he displayed in victory assured his place with Brady and Manning who he had just defeated and Brees atop the NFL quarterback hierarchy. Wilson’s ability to evade the pass rush and extend plays had been on display all season. But in the Super Bowl he put on a master class, sensing backside pressure, running to give himself more time and hitting open receivers especially in the second half when the depleted Broncos defense seemed to wave the white flag of submission. He finished with over 200 yards passing and 25 more rushing.
Russell Wilson did not win the Super Bowl alone though, he had plenty of help from a fiercely fast defense rated number one against the pass all season according to most advanced metrics. Judging by how little success former MVP Peyton Manning had during the game and the frequent shots of frustrated coaches and players on the Denver sidelines, the number one ranking of the Seahawks defense was well earned. All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman had the tough assignment of matching up against Demaryius Thomas, who although scored the only Denver touchdown of the day, did not break free for any game changing plays. Sherman held him to only 23 yards for the game. Another defensive standout for the Seahawks was Malcolm Smith whose interception and subsequent 67 yard return for a touchdown in the second quarter was the start of the death knell to Denver’s dream of Super Bowl Victory.
Percy Harvin delivered the final nail in the coffin of the Broncos hopes in the start of the 3rd quarter when he returned the second half kick off for a touchdown, slicing and dancing through the Broncos special teamers on his way to the end zone. Harvin’s explosive ability was missing most of the season as he rehabbed a thigh injury. But in the Super Bowl his skills were on display, with two carries for 45 yards to go along with his return. From then on in the second half it was over except for the fireworks. Marshawn Lynch battered and churned his way through the Broncos getting the majority of his 15 carries in the second half and Russell Wilson continued his mastery throwing two more touchdowns one each to Jeavon Kearse and Doug Baldwin.
The Seahawks proved themselves to be the elite class of the NFL by knocking off the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. With his play in the Super Bowl, Russell Wilson announced himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL and Seahawks will be the team to beat in 2014, so get your Seattle Seahawks Tickets now!