Infamous Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has revealed that the reason his side so easily managed to beat the Denver Broncos was because they cracked Peyton Manning’s hand signals early on in the game.
Manning has become famous for his cryptic hand codes and cries, which often enable his team to maintain an element of complete surprise, but in truth the legendary quarterback endured a torrid time on Sunday night.
And, according to the Daily Mail, Sherman has claimed that was because his side were able to figure out which plays went with which hand signals during the first two quarters of the Super Bowl.
“We knew what route concepts they liked on different downs, so we jumped all the routes. Then we figured out the hand signals for a few of the route audibles in the first half,” Sherman said.
However he did admit that they would have struggled to contain Manning had he switched his moves up once he realised that the Seahawks had decoded them.
“Now, if Peyton had thrown in some double moves, if he had gone out of character, we could’ve been exposed."
That would go some way to explaining why the 37-year-old, who has had a great season by all accounts, was made to look so ineffective.
Other rumours, and one’s endorsed by certain Broncos players, surround the idea that the noise generated by the fans inside the MetLife stadium made it too loud to hear communications between one another.