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SuperBowl XLVIII: 10 things we learned

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The Seattle Seahawks were utterly dominant during their 43-8 rout of the Denver Broncos on Sunday, giving the Seahawks their first Superbowl victory in their 38-year history.

Here are 10 facts we learned from the game...

1: The saying "Defence wins championships" still holds true as the game was a matchup of a record-setting offence vs the best defence in the NFL. The Broncos offence were made to look weak by the Seahawks' physical and commanding defence

2: Seattle's defence is the best defence since the 85 Bears. Sure the 2000 Baltimore Ravens - led by future hall of famers Ray Lewis and Ed Reed - were good in their own right, but this Seahawks defence swarm around the ball carrier like no other and their secondary is the perfect combination of hard hitting and shut down coverage

3: The NFC is a class above the AFC. Sure, it may have only been one game,but both the Seahawks and the Broncos dominated their respective conferences all seaso and when the best from each met it was a one-sided affair dominated by the NFC champions.

Not only that but away from teams in their individual conferences the advantage seems to go towards the NFC with the San Francisco 49ers,New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers chasing suit and the NFC having the strongest division in all of football - The NFC West.

4: The Seahawks defence isn't just a secondary - It's all-round brilliance. The Seahawks are known for having the "Legion Of Boom" in the backfield but Superbowl XLVIII proved that the Seahawks defence are more than just ball hawks,but rather it contains sheer dominance and great depth all- round -so much so that a backup linebacker scooped up the Superbowl MVP award.

5: Peyton Manning is not the best quarterback of all time. The 37-year-old had a chance to secure his legacy once and for all if he defeated the Seahawks and won his second Superbowl ring and MVP award following his record-breaking regular season.

The postseason is what matters, yet Manning faltered under the spotlight despite setting a Superbowl record for the most completions in a game. Whilst the veteran from Tennessee didn't play abysmally, he certainly was not at his best as was shown by the scoreline and his interceptions.

6: Russell Wilson is the real deal. Wilson is a second-year player who was only a third-round pick and amazingly was drafted 55 picks behind Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, who is in danger of falling out of the league.

Wilson was in the MVP and Superbowl MVP conversation. The quarterback shook off some early nerves and threw for 18-25 for 206 yards and two touchdowns as well as rushing for 26 yards on three carries.

7: Experience isn't everything- Energy and ability is more important. Six members of the Denver Broncos roster came into Superbowl XLVIII with previous Superbowl experience including quarterback Manning and receiver Wes Welker (Welker has now lost all three Superbowls he has played in) compared to the Seahawks who hae one of the youngest teams in the NFL

8: The Broncos offensive line isn't as good as we thought. The Broncos only gave up 20 sacks all season and have given Manning ample time in the pocket to allow his receivers to get open downfield before releasing the ball on route to his record-breaking season, yet on Sunday night the Seahawks pass rush constantly pressured Manning, forcing the interceptions and even leading to him giving up a safety on the first play.

9: The Seahawks are quick scorers. They opened the scoring just 12 seconds into the first half with a two-point safety on the first play and followed suit in the second half with a touchdown once again just 12 seconds thanks to a kick return by Percy Harvin.

10: Champ Bailey can no longer compete at this level. It really is a shame to see one of the greatest defensive backs of all time struggle to keep up like this but he was constantly burnt by the young Seahawks receiving core due to their sheer speed. Whilst he can still cover well and play press coverage, he is a liability in the deep passing game as he can no longer keep up stride for stride with current, young NFL receivers. 

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