EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Defense wins championships, and the NFL has not seen a defense like Seattle's in a long time.
The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl title Sunday night in overpowering fashion, punishing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-8. That relentless defense, the NFL's stingiest, never let the five-time MVP get going, disarming the highest-scoring offense in league history.
Seattle (16-3) was too quick, too physical and just too good for Denver, and that was true in all areas. What was hyped as a classic matchup between an unstoppable offense and a miserly defense turned into a rout. Complete Story Box Score Top Performers:
Passing: P. Manning (DEN) - 280 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: P. Harvin (SEA) - 2 CAR, 45 YDS
Receiving: D. Thomas (DEN) - 13 REC, 118 YDS, 1 TD