Seahawks' whipping boys

Nathan Liewicki
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At least you don’t have 10.4 million reasons to be upset about the Denver Broncos’ humiliating Super Bowl loss Sunday.

Unfortunately for Floyd Mayweather, that is exactly what he must have felt as the Broncos were shellacked by the Seattle Seahawks 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.

During Super Bowl Week, Mayweather bet $10.4 million on the Broncos. He would have only gained another $4 million had Peyton Manning led Denver to its first Vince Lombardi Trophy since Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway won back-to-back Super Bowls 15 and 16 years ago respectively.

Instead, Mayweather lost a few dollar bills, but at least he wasn’t part of the Broncos’ roster Sunday.

Led by the most prolific single season passer in the history of the National Football League (NFL), Manning and the Broncos — with millions of viewers watching across the globe — fell flat on their faces against a faster, more physical and better Seahawks team.

Granted, it wasn’t all Manning’s fault. In fact, not a lot really was Manning’s fault — other than the two interceptions he threw into the yawning arms of Seattle’s Legion of Doom.

Then again, both interceptions were the result of a relentless Seahawks pass rush that disrupted Denver’s offensive flow. Throw in two more Broncos turnovers, a safety and a kickoff return for a touchdown by the Seahawks and it was clear the team from the Pacific Northwest had taken the Mile High team to the woodshed.

The safety was scored 12 seconds into the game — an NFL record for fastest Super Bowl score — and the kickoff return touchdown was 12 seconds into the start of the third quarter.

Seattle’s 12th man had to love those ironic occurrences.

Denver’s fans, not so much.

With so much hype before kickoff of the No. 1 offence — Denver — going up against the No. 1 defense — Seattle — it was widely expected to be the best Super Bowl in years.

Instead, we saw the biggest Super Bowl drubbing since the Dallas Cowboys topped the Buffalo Bills 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII. Nobody could have predicted a massive blowout, especially to the extent the Seahawks manhandled the Broncos in every facet of the game.

Even fewer would have bet Denver would leave MetLife Stadium after being Seattle’s whipping boy.

Then again, even the Broncos didn’t blow $10.4 million.

All editorials are written by the Times-Herald editorial staff.

Organizations: Seahawks, National Football League, Dallas Cowboys Times-Herald

Geographic location: Denver, Seattle, Pacific Northwest Mile High MetLife Stadium

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