Some people I know that don't watch football very often knew from the first snap that the game was pretty much over. You know it was a bad game when casual fans can figure it out pretty quickly that the Denver Broncos had no chance on the first possession.
When that football went over Peyton Manning's head and recovered by Knowshon Moreno for a safety, I knew that it was a bad sign. I just didn't figure that the Broncos would act like they had seen a ghost on the field.
Seattle is a good team. They had their doubters, me not being one of them, but I assumed that Denver with Peyton and his attention to detail would be able to muster the challenge. I knew that Seahawks QB Russell Wilson had a lot to prove and he absolutely did making key third down conversions early and often to keep their drives going and keep Denver's offense off the field.
Both Denver and Seattle were fairly even on third down, 6-13 and 7-12 respectively. The Seahawks had a 3-minute advantage in time of possession, but the overwhelming stat was the turnover ratio. Seattle cause four turnovers, three of them on Peyton Manning.
Now with the prolonged halftime break the Broncos were only down 22-0. In today's football that isn't a big lead, but Denver made the mistake of kicking the ball to Seahawks WR Percy Harvin and he returned it for a touchdown to start the second half. That essentially sealed the deal for Seattle.
I knew that Harvin would be utilized in creative ways on offense, but I would have thought that Denver knew he would be returning the kickoffs for them too. Regardless with two weeks to prepare for this game you would be hard pressed to expect both teams to play a perfect game. One did and the other didn't.
We have been spoiled in the last decade with some of the best Super Bowl games ever played. We were due to have a one sided affair. This reminded me of Super Bowl 35 between the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Giants. Most expected the Giants to score some points in that game, but Baltimore's defense held them to 7 and scored 34 themselves.
Both of these teams are good enough to make another Super Bowl trip next year, but it will be interesting to see how their rosters shape up in the offseason. Who will stay and leave Seattle's roster and where will Denver improve first?
Rest assured Peyton will not retire and Russell Wilson will continue to improve his game. That is a scary thought. Also no one will probably remember who won the MVP from this Super Bowl. Lets hope LB Malcolm Smith doesn't go the way of Dexter Jackson and Larry Brown.