Best defense in NFL carries Seattle to title

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 2, 2014 at 10:55 pm •  Published: February 2, 2014
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Richard Sherman felt the need to apologize.

While the rest of his teammates bounced around in celebration, Sherman hobbled on a pair of crutches, the pain in his right ankle keeping him from enjoying the rain storm of confetti.

"This championship hat, winning, achieving a dream it really numbs the pain a lot. It was really hurting and I was sad I let my teammates down I wasn't able to finish the game," Sherman said. "I knew they would step up for me and do that. This feeling is just unbelievable. It's a dream come true."

Led by its All-Pro cornerback, Seattle's "Legion of Boom" secondary and the nastiest defense in the NFL proved the strength of the Seahawks was greater than the record-setting arm of Peyton Manning in their stunning 43-8 rout on Sunday night.

Sherman's night was, well, kind of boring. After two weeks of so much attention landing at Sherman's feet for what happened at the end of the NFC championship game, his Super Bowl night was rather uneventful.

That was by design. Manning wasn't about to mess with arguably the best cornerback in the NFL.

Manning carefully tried to avoid throwing at Sherman, leaving the rest of his mates in the secondary to make the plays. Safety Kam Chancellor flattened Demaryius Thomas on Denver's third offensive play, a tone setting moment that epitomized what Seattle was hoping to accomplish against the Broncos talented receivers.

"I definitely think it did. It just sends a message that anytime you come across the middle you have a chance of getting wrecked," Chancellor said. "And that's the way we play on defense. We play physical. We want to instill our will. We want to be a grimy defense."

Chancellor later had an interception on an overthrown pass, cornerback Byron Maxwell forced a fumble in the third quarter and safety Earl Thomas cleaned up everything leftover — which wasn't much.

The result was one of the most lopsided Super Bowl's ever against the most prolific offense the league had even seen.

"You can never expect it but I wasn't really shocked. I expected us to stand up," Sherman said. "I didn't expect us to give up a whole lot of points. It's not our standard to give up a whole lot of points. We haven't done it all year. We knew we would play sound football."