Posted: 9:55 pm Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Super Bowl: ‘Short Takes’ on Seattle’s rout of Denver 

By Jeff Schultz

I’ll be back shortly with a full column on the Seattle Seahawks’ stunning 43-8 take down of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Sunday’s Super Bowl.  Until then, here are my three “Short Takes” on the game (which tied for the third most lopsided Super Bowl in history):

1. Peyton’s meltdown: I wrote earlier in the week how Peyton Manning’s comeback from four neck surgeries to throw 55 touchdowns this season, culminating in a Super Bowl run, possibly elevated him to the No. 1 quarterback of all time. I still believe that. But he looked like a rattled rookie, not a 37-year-old Hall of Famer-in-waiting. Seattle’s defense was great but Manning didn’t handle the pressure well. He had passes either knocked down or deflected, leading to two first-half interceptions. The first led to a Seahawks’ touchdown drive; the second was returned 69 yards for a touchdown. The Broncos needed Manning to be their best player and he was far from that.

2. Pete Carroll, this is your Bar Mitzvah: He was fired from two NFL jobs (New York Jets and New England). He spent a year out of coaching before evolving into one of the game’s premier college head coaches at USC. But until this season, and maybe this game, complete respect had probably eluded him at the NFL level. Not anymore. Carroll and his staff thoroughly outcoached Denver’s John Fox and his assistants. Seattle’s defense was prepared for everything the Broncos tried to throw at it. Equally important, the younger Seahawks weren’t overwhelmed from being on the Super Bowl stage. They backed up all that smack talk that had so irritated their opponents (and their opponents’ fans). That kind of mental and physical toughness is a clear reflection of the head coach.

3. Defense wins again: We’ve heard before how offense wins games but defense wins championships. In this ever-changing league of spread offenses and hands-off rules that limit the effectiveness of defenses, it was nice to see a team emerge victorious, largely because it knew how to tackle and smack the opponent in the mouth. Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” secondary was tremendous, led by safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. The Seahawks were pitching a shutout until Manning’s touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas as the third quarter ended, after Seattle already had a 36-0 lead.

Previous blogs, columns from Super Bowl
– MyAJC: Elway sent message when nobody on Falcons did
– MyAJC: NFL is about money more than weather
– MyAJC: Seattle’s Coleman inspires by overcoming deafness
– Blog: Dimitroff: Clowney will be difference-maker
– MyAJC: Peyton Manning’s legacy secure, win or lose
– Blog: Manning may be No. 1 QB in history now
– Blog: Expect Atlanta to get Super Bowl despite storm
– MyAJC: John Fox goes from heart surgery to Super Bowl (like Reeves)
– Blog: Digi-Blog goes to the Super Bowl!
– MyAJC: Richard Sherman succeeds in changing narrative
– Blog: Seattle made more right decisions than Falcons
– MyAJC: Goodell has put Super Bowl at unnecessary risk
– MyAJC: Falcons’ makeover should start with Clowney
– Blog: Poll: Should Falcons make a run at Clowney?
127 comments
HughRailey
HughRailey

Peyton didn't handle the pressure well because there was no one open, or were bait -open since they were jumping the routes and refs letting them play bump pass coverage , one TD did not happen early due to a clear and blatant pass interference stopping the tight end in his route cold, also you're correct assessment of the domination of the line of scrimmage. Had Denver realized they had figured out the hand signals and changed there, it may have been a little different, but such is football, if's and but's, the other thing seemed to be the lack of readiness mentally by Denver. Congratulations to a total domination by Seattle. 

seapanther
seapanther

To the Atlanta Falcons...THANK YOU....you provided the motivation for the Super Bowl run in 2013..when you beat us in the NFC semi finals...we learned how to end games in the playoffs...The Seattle Seahawks 2013-14 Super bowl XLVIII Champions

countryboyy
countryboyy

manning sucks the bottom line  i heard he was going to retire and  do  something he might can do is work at papas john pizza 

NCDawg
NCDawg

That game was over with the snap snafu on the first play.  It was just as bad a Super Bowl as I can ever remember.  Seriously crappy football.

Delbert_D
Delbert_D

"It's not embarrassing at all. I would never use that word,'' Manning said after the game. "The word 'embarrassing' is an insulting word, to tell you the truth."

He's absolutely right. "Humiliating" is more appropriate.

inoto20
inoto20

Peyton says he was insulted when a reporter asked if he was embarrassed.  I was insulted to have to watch such crappy play for a superbowl.  At least Welker said it was an embarrassment.  

POAD2013
POAD2013

That ACC QB tore up that SEC QB...

How did that NoShow SEC UGa running back do? Wait he pulled himself out with an INJURY(again, sounds like Gurley) when the going go TUFF.

How did that ACC(The INSTITUTE) Wide receiver do in the game?

UGa's Champ looked like TOAST.

How did that GATOR do?

9awebb
9awebb

Anybody know who won the Superbowl? I fell asleep in the second quarter and just woke up. 

RogerTyson
RogerTyson

With the NFL going on hiatus for 6 months, I made a short (one minute) comedy video called "How To Cure Post Super Bowl Depression":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NvxMnhmji4

Hint:  There's the Wrong Way...

...and the Extreme Way!

Hope you enjoy.

P.S.  This might be a good option for Peyton Manning as well!

FootballTopFan
FootballTopFan

FootballTopFan(c) Open Letter  !!!


To:    Roger Goodell    = Commissioner National Football League (NFL)

      Rich Russo        =  Director Super Bowl XLVIII Fox Sports

        Jerry Steinberg   = Senior VP Fox Sports

Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014@ Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey had the BIGGEST, BIGGEST BIGGEST player snub in the h-i-s-t-o-r-y of professional sports.


Fox Sports and announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman failed to announce the starting line-up of the Denver Broncos or Seattle Seahawks.


The Super Bowl is the biggest and most extravagant sporting event in the United States of America. 

Every NFL players has lifelong dreams of playing in this game and to go unrecognized by Fox Sports is truly unbelievable.


The National Football League (NFL) and Fox Sports owe the players and billions of fans worldwide an explanation.


FootballTopFan(c) urge the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) to unite and make sure this never, never happens again.

DoctorNo
DoctorNo

Jeff - easy for you to say about Manning's sub par play. I thought I was watching the Falcon's offensive line for a minute they were so bad.  Their pass protection was weaker than Georgia's road prep for the ice last week.  

Andy123
Andy123

The Falcons will win the SB when Arthur gets his billion dollar stadium.  He promises.  ;) 

Andy123
Andy123

Glad I went to bed at halftime.  04:00 comes early on Mondays and it sure wasn't worth staying up for this lopsided garbage. 

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Good offensive lines and good defenses are what wins championships. Denver had lost two pro bowl caliber OL and it was a huge impact.

That being said...Peytons resume is long enough to realize he is not a big game QB. He has a plan and its usually a great one, but if it falls apart he has no ability to adjust. The 2006 AFC title game was the only game where he did so.

LostGoat
LostGoat

maybe the worst super bowl i've ever seen!  even the halftime show sucked and only a couple of commercials were good.  fortunately, i had a lot to drink at the party.

DS
DS

Why do sportswriters seem to think that quarterbacks are out on the playing field all alone? Seattle's defensive line was able to pressure Manning, even without additional blitzing from linebackers, corners and safeties. 

Manning didn't have much time to execute plays; look to the battle at the line of scrimmage to understand why.

DoctorNo
DoctorNo

Seattle manhandled the Denver O-Line all night. They were in Manning's grill. Denver looked unbelievably unprepared as a team. 

SamTheSham
SamTheSham

Except for the record 34 completions in a Superbowl.  Rookie my eye.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

I might remind some Arizona boat-raced Seattle late in the year.

Who QB's the Cardinals?

The idea a "mobile" QB is the medicine for Seattle is stupidity at its finest.

Barack_Bi-Curious
Barack_Bi-Curious

Will Mr. Blank eat crow and beg Mike Vick to come back home?

Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

Dear Mr Blanks. If U saw the Superbowel last nite U shuld take note the QB 4 the Seehaks is much more beter thatn week arm Mat Rayan. U need 2 do what every it take 2 draft Johnny Fottball. That is the only way We will see a Superbowel. 

Barack_Bi-Curious
Barack_Bi-Curious

Where was Arthur Blank during the trophy presentation last night?

Bluto
Bluto

Add another city to the ring of champions who can close the deal. Atlanta, not so much. 95 Braves, full stop.  

JSSN
JSSN

Playing "better defense" only gets you into the playoffs Seattle and SF are on a different plane!

slydawg
slydawg

This was the most complete butt whooping in Super Bowl history. Not because of the point margin but in the way the game was played. The most prolific offense along with the most prolific QB season in NFL history scored 8 points. The Seattle Seahawks scored in every way possible one can score save running a missed FG attempt back. Every facet of this team was efficient:Offense, Defense, Special Teams. This is not about Peyton's failure as much as this is about a masterpiece crafted by Pete Carroll. The second oldest coach with the youngest QB (second AA) win a Super Bowl. This is why we love sports!!!!!

maconexpress
maconexpress

The greatest qb of all time is between Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana. 

For the falcons to contend against Seattle’s defense they better start searching for a  mobile qb.  

MikeS777
MikeS777

This game to me just highlights the weaknesses of both Peyton and Tom Brady.  Both QBs need relatively clean pockets around them to be effective.  Tom Brady and NE win games because the O line keeps him clean.  Its been years since I have seen Tom Brady beat a team that could knock him down and crush the pocket.  They lose every game where a team starts to get to him.  It just doesn't happen often because their O line is so good.


That being said, Peyton stats are what they are.  IMO he is still one of the top 5 QBs of all time.  I honestly would put him 5th behind Montana, Staubach, Moreno, and Elway.


Super Bowls are not won by one guy.  Denver wasn't going to win this game even if Peyton played well.  It wasn't his fault the special teams gave up a TD return and consistently had them in bad field position.  He didnt snap the ball over his own head.  He got hit several times while releasing that directly caused 2 turnovers.  Thomas fumbled a pass from him.  The Denver defense couldn't keep Seattle from driving the field all night.  This game was not going to be won by Peyton.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

What ACC QB?

Russell Wilson associates himself with Wisconsin.

Rightfully so, Tom O'Brien ruined the Wolfpack.

Which GT WR had a good game?

Bey-Bey......haha.

12 catches, 6 or 7 as a result of bubble screens that went no-where.

Nice fumble when Denver was "still in the game".

Which Gator are you talking about?

Percy Harvin looked pretty good to me.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@FoSho  did you get your girlfriend drunk too?

I hope you put on a Surgical Glove on your 1 hand before you went to bed with your girlfriend.....FoSho...LOL

JSSN
JSSN

@BigCrimson75  

That game was a slugfest war. The play that was the deciding one was actually a play where Palmer scrambled out of the pocket to his right and hit his TE Jake Ballard to convert a critical 3rd down, Then he hit Malcolm Floyd who made a juggling catch for the game winner. That game was anything but being "boat-raced.'

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Barack_Bi-Curious  

Probably thinking about the HIGHLY divergent paths ATL and SEA have taken since the Falcons playoff victory over the Seahawks a year ago.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Bluto  

ONE championship in 158 seasons of pro sports competition says it all. 

JSSN
JSSN

@maconexpress  

You mean "Super Bowl Era greatest QBs on that stage!" Don't get it twisted, give me Graham and Unitas and I'll take my chances!

MikeS777
MikeS777

@maconexpress  No the Falcons need to get their line of scrimmage issues sorted out and start playing better defense.  It's not Ryan's fault we have an O line that can't block for him anymore.  Remember we were won pass away from being in the Super Bowl a year ago, and that was with a middle of the road defense.  


Get the O line and defense playing good football, and Ryan will be just fine.

23Zone
23Zone

@maconexpress thomas locked in ryan with the $100 million deal---no other team would touch that--he's untradeable.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@MikeS777: ". . . I honestly would put him 5th behind Montana, Staubach, Moreno, and Elway . . . ."

Moreno isn't a QB. He plays RB for Denver.

23Zone
23Zone

@MikeS777 marino---never won a title--not in the top 5.  Montana Bradshaw Brady Staubach Elway

JSSN
JSSN

@POAD2013 @Barack_Bi-Curious  

Sounds more like Brandon Weeden than Mike Vick. You guys need to stop obsessing over what or where Vick turns up. You have bigger problems, like a crippled franchise wideout and a linebacker!

maconexpress
maconexpress

MikeS777, Thomas Dimitroff has a lot of work to do to assemble a strong OL that can protect Matt Ryan.

maconexpress
maconexpress

@23Zone, for Thomas sake he better protect his investment.

MikeS777
MikeS777

@23Zone @MikeS777  Super bowls are not won by one guy, and no way would I ever put Tom Brady (and Spygate) above Moreno.  Moreno also didn't have the weapons around him that Bradshaw did, or the Steel Curtain defense.