Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman feels that his Seahawks' defense intimidated the Denver offense on their way to a 43-8 Super Bowl XLVIII blitz of the Broncos.
On the first play of the game a botched snap forced a safety and handed Seattle two points after 12 seconds of the game, which was the quickest points scored in Super Bowl history.
It didn't get much better for the Broncos on their next drive when Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor provided a vicious hit on Demaryius Thomas which set the tone for the rest of the game.
Speaking to NFL Network after the game, Sherman explained that Chancellor wanted to set the tone, and he revealed that the Denver receivers were running scared in the second-half.
"We felt like they were intimidated by us, we felt that later on in the game. They felt us. They weren't looking to come up and block anymore," Sherman said.
"After the third quarter when Percy had the big huge return, they weren't as aggressive and they weren't pursuing us as much. Their receivers were more hesitant.
"Kam wanted to set the tone early. He read all the media reports about Demaryius Thomas been hit, and Kam wanted to make sure he obliged. He wanted to make sure he gave him what he was looking for. And he gave it to him in a big way."
The Seahawks ran up a 22-0 half-time lead on the back of mistakes from the Denver offence, with two turnovers handing Seattle position and points aplenty.
It seems the Seahawks will be dominating the NFL for some time to come with a set of young players. We will just have to see whether they manage to keep all of their low paid stars that will want pay-rises really soon.
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