The Seahawks cruised to an easy victory over the Broncos in one of the most lopsided Super Bowl games in NFL history.
The NFL season concluded last night with the first Lombardi trophy in franchise history for the Seattle Seahawks. In the surprisingly mild temperatures at the Meadowlands, Seattle sailed to the easy, almost uneventful 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos. The Broncos looked frazzled from the opening snap, which they fumbled for a Seahawk safety.
This blowout super bowl gave credence to the sports adage, “defense wins championships.” This was the league’s top rated D vs the best offense and the best quarterback, and in the last 6 of those matchups the D has dominated 5 times. Peyton manning, who averaged 340 yards and over 3 touchdowns a game threw for 10 yards in the first quarter en route to the Broncos being shut out in the first half. He even threw a pick that was returned 69 yards by Malcolm Smith for the Seahawks last score of the second quarter. By the time Bruno Mars came out it was 22-0. Manning missed his chance to become the first quarterback in NFL history to win a super bowl with 2 different teams, and instead he gave people more reason to doubt his ability in big spots. He is now 1-2 in super bowl games and 11-12 in the postseason overall. Russell Wilson on the other hand has won 28 games in his first 2 seasons in the pros, which is an NFL record.
A Cornell alumni claimed a super bowl ring last night. Bryan Walters, a 2010 grad, is a Seahawk wide receiver. Walters is the third Big Red alumnus to win a super bowl winner; Derrick Harmon won with the 49ers in 1985 and more recently lineman Kevin Boothe, class of 2005 won 2 super bowls with the Giants. Bryan made his first career start in week 17 and got time in Seattle’s NFC championship win over the Niners; he was on the field for 9 total snaps on offense. To add to the excitement, before breaking Ivy records when he got to Ithaca in 2006, Walters grew up in Washington and was an avid Seahawk fan. At Super Bowl Media Day he said “this is something I always dreamed of – being at the Super Bowl with the Seahawks, with the chance to win and get the first ring for Seattle. You can’t beat it.”
Now that football’s over, we can turn our attention to the Olympics which start this week. Thursday men’s and women’s slope style snowboarding begins with qualification rounds, as does women’s moguls and men’s and pairs figure skating. The actual opening ceremony is not until Friday and the first medals will be awarded Saturday in women’s moguls, men’s slope style snowboarding, plus the men’s biathlon and women’s cross country skiiatholon.
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