Super Blemish

“I’m the best corner in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you gonna get. Don’t you ever talk about me. […] Don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’m gonna shut it for you real quick.” Richard Sherman said this after his Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship. These words seemed to not only apply to himself during the Super Bowl, but his whole team. The Seahawks had the NFL’s best passing defense in yards allowed per game and the fourth best in rushing yards allowed per game. They faced off against a Broncos team that saw Peyton Manning throw for the most single-season yards in NFL history (5477) and single-season touchdown passes (55). The game was a spectator’s dream and analyst’s: what happens when the unstoppable force that is the Broncos’ offense (the best in NFL history) meets an the unmovable object that is Seattle’s top rated defense. The answer, as we sadly found out, was that the unmovable object humiliates the unstoppable force in from of an extremely large audience (in person and television). It also puts a blemish on not only Football’s biggest stage, but also on one of America’s greatest pseudo-holidays. While the Seahawks thoroughly dominated the entire game, Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas set Superbowl records. No these were not least amount of time on the field or saddest looking sideline in Super Bowl history. The records that were set were substantial records that overtook historic moments with hollow ones. The current Super Bowl record book now reads ” most receptions in a game- Demaryius Thomas-12″ overtaking Jerry Rice’s Super Bowl record set in a 20-16 victory against the Bengals in Super Bowl 23; and, “most completions in a game- Peyton Manning-34.”overtaking Tom Brady’s Super Bowl record set in a 32-29 victory over the Panthers in Super Bowl 38 These two records are essentially the rice cakes of records. They are unsatisfying, bland, but still count. Both of these players are at the top of their respective positions. Manning is going to be in the Hall of Fame as soon as he is eligible. Thomas is one of the top receivers in the NFL and is only getting better. Hopefully, this game never repeats itself on this high of a stage. We should we watching the heavyweights of the NFL expertly counter whatever the opposition throws at it. There have been other blow outs, but thankfully they are few and far between.

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