What I Learned From Super Bowl XLVIII
It’s been a few days now since Super Bowl XLVIII finished and for those of you who watched, the images of that Seattle defense and the Broncos lack there of offense, are still fresh in your head. There are no highlights to report because it’s clear to see how one sided this Super Bowl was based off the score alone. No one would’ve imagined this happening. No sort of prediction could’ve given this away.
This was the worst start to a Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXXV, which was played between the Giants and the Ravens. Much like the Broncos, the Giants received a beating in that game too. Although this game beat out Super Bowl XLVI in terms of ratings, I’m sure I wasn’t the only who had enough of this game by the time the second quarter was ending. Thankfully, Bruno Mars and a quick feature from the Red Hot Chili Peppers woke up the crowd. I’m almost sure that the Red Hot Chili Peppers dedicated their song, “Give it away,” to the Broncos because they were literally giving the game away to the Seahawks.
The game started off on the wrong foot when there was a safety scored for the Seahawks in the opening seconds of the Super Bowl. This was a foreshadow of what was going to come for the Broncos. In my opinion, it went down hill when ex Jet, Joe Namath, came out to do to the coin toss in a fur coat that was probably borrowed from rapper Cam’ron.
What else is there to say about this game? That was, sadly, the worst performance by Peyton Manning and quite unexpected too. Sure he lost in Super Bowl XLIV but his performance then wasn’t poor as this one. After coming off an injury, he came back and had one of the best seasons of his career. But for some reason, he couldn’t make a connection on Sunday. It was even weird to see him struggle. Because the offense was struggling to reach the end zone, it was a surprise to see that they scored too.
To step away for a bit from the disappointing performance by the Broncos, let’s praise the Seahawks for a quick second. It may have taken time but this team is full of super stars and they may very well come back next season to defend their championship. Watching Russell Wilson is a spectacle in itself. He’s brilliant in the pocket. The Seahawks secondary is young and strong. Their defense deserves all the praising it’s been getting because they’re the main reason why the Broncos offense couldn’t get a first down. Pete Carroll is Albert Einstein genius. He knows how to manage his players and made it all the way to the Super Bowl and thus, win. I bet old school Jets fans miss him.
Winning doesn’t get boring but blow outs do and I would’ve preferred to see some snow out there to make the game much more interesting and challenging. Even the final score of 43-8 looks ridiculous and bewildering. I stand firm with preferring to have seen the Broncos lose the AFC Championship and to see the Patriots embarrassed instead on this stage.
What did we learn from Sunday’s game? Well, for starters, it doesn’t matter if you have the best offense in the league. Defense ruled this game. The Seahawks are like Toyota’s, built like tanks and tough to get by. Both teams were equally favorites to win. I had my choice and that’s only because of my fascination with the Manning family. It is wonderful to see Seattle win its first Lombardi and very well deserved at that.