Peyton Manning and Broncos Offense Self-Destruct
In one of the most anticipated and talked about Super Bowl match-ups in recent years, we saw something that nobody could have predicted or saw coming; the Seahawks completely rout the Broncos. The Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XVIII beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 on Sunday in order to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy in absolutely dominating fashion. What we saw on Sunday was not an upset in the fact that nobody could have predicted Seattle winning, in fact much of the country had Seattle defeating Denver, but it was an upset in that Seattle’s defense held the best offense and arguably best QB in NFL history to only 8 single points. This season Manning has been the NFL’s best QB. Everyone knows all the records; the most yards passing, the most points scored, the most passing touchdowns and the most amount of receivers with 10+ touchdowns. The real question is was it a surprise that Seattle shutdown Denver in such convincing fashion? For me yes. Denver’s offense had averaged an unbelievable 37.9 points per game, beating 13 opponents with such skill and ease that they were almost guaranteed to win the Super Bowl mid-season. To see the Broncos get stuffed for only 8 points to me is absolutely unbelievable. Manning had 280 yards and a touchdown, however where his play doomed the Broncos was in his 2 interceptions (both of which were not truly his fault). What does this show about Manning? Is he a choker? Can he not win the big game? I think in all honesty that Manning has shown that he doesn’t need the 4th quarter to win ball games. He already has a ring to prove that he can win the big game. But many question does this game show Manning is not as clutch as we thought he was? Well I think there is some truth to that. He did throw 2 interceptions (one of which was taken to the house) and 15 ill-timed incompletions, but at the same time the rest of his offense was playing pretty poorly too. For instance the Broncos running game only was able to muster up a grand total of 27 yards on 14 carries (average yards per carry of 1.9) for the entire game. 27 yards. The same amount of yards Percy Harvin, the Seattle Seahawks receiver was able to get in one jet sweep. To win takes a team and the broncos offense was just not there like I had predicted or expected, it takes a QB to win ball games, but it takes a team to win championships. Had Peyton won the game, it wouldn’t have been the Peyton Manning Super Bowl trophy, it would have been the Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl trophy.