Seahawks win first Super Bowl in franchise history
By: Kristian O’Hara
One of the motivational phrases for the Seahawks this year was “Leave No Doubt.” Sunday night they demonstrated that mantra to the fullest.
Seattle left no doubt they were the best team in the National Football League and won Super Bowl XLVIII with an absolute thrashing of the Denver Broncos, 43-8. The league’s number one ranked defense stifled the number one offense, once again proving the old adage that defense wins championships. They intercepted Peyton Manning twice, one returned for a touchdown by eventual Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith, and bullied the Broncos receivers all night long. The Legion of Boom also lived up to their name, delivering painstaking blows all night to players on the Denver offense.
This morning, Pete Carroll and Malcolm Smith took to the podium to recap their win. Coach Carroll preached creating turnovers on defense all year long and commented on their four turnovers last night. “It’s the formula that we try to live by. We get four turnovers and they get none, the game is going to go that way.” Seattle also had tremendous special teams all year long. Once again that was on display at MetLife Stadium as Percy Harvin ran back the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards to all but seal the win for Seattle. “We had great kicking game play as well, so we were really able to put the whole formula together and that’s what the outcome came out of,” said Carroll.
Linebacker Malcolm Smith took home MVP honors after recording a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown and ten tackles. Smith, a seventh round draft pick out of USC and brother to former New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith, talked about his thoughts during the play. “Don’t get caught, just typical thoughts for a defensive player with the ball,” he said, reflecting on winning MVP. “We came together and said we would commit ourselves to each other and the greater good of the team.”
That selfless mentality is what led to this Super Bowl victory for Seattle. During the week, they had a trust and understanding in each other. Their confidence individually and collectively was something to behold. They knew they would win this game and become World Champions. Their defense, as well as the entire team, left no doubt in anyone’s mind that they were the best team in the NFL.