3 Key Things Seattle Did to Contain Peyton Manning
To call Super Bowl XLVIII unexciting would be missing the point. Better to say that the game was not as advertised. It was almost certainly not supposed to be such a drubbing.
And if it was to be a one-sided affair, the story-driven and the superstitious wrote smart words and placed smart money on the football gods punishing the boisterous, upstart Seattle Seahawks and put a Super Bowl crown on Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who is often promoted as and sometimes seems to be the greatest QB in the history of the sport. We were promised an epic struggle between those who score the points (Denver) and those who try to stop it (Seattle). Instead, we got a rout.
And so Manning, who was shown to be merely just one of the great quarterbacks on Sunday, did not win. His sole touchdown came in garbage time, when the Seahawks were up by 36. His facial expressions — the “Manning face” that both he and his brother Eli lapse into whenever something bad happens on the field — were hilarious.
But what did Seattle do to render Manning so ineffective? The team’s secondary, with a reputation matched only in volume by their trash talk, successfully shut down the holder of almost every single-season record of significant worth. This wasn’t Ali getting beaten by Joe Frasier, but it wasn’t all that far off, either. Keep reading to find out the three things Seattle did to contain Manning.