Seattle Seahawks’ linebacker Malcolm Smith celebrates after scoring a touchdown on an interception during the first half of Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. Smith was named the game’s MVP.

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Sunday was a fitting end for the Seattle defense.

Heading into Super Bowl XLVIII, despite every statistic that hinted the Seahawks boasted a historically good defense, many still wanted to see them prove it against a quarterback once again being pondered as the greatest to play the game.

Apparently leading the league in total defense, scoring defense, passing defense (a paltry 172 yards per game), interceptions (28) and turnovers forced (eight more than the second-best team) still left a bit to be desired.

Well how are these numbers from Sunday?

Three hundred and six yards allowed, four turnovers forced, eight points scored by Denver and nine points scored by the Seahawk defense in a 43-8 victory.

And it all came against the top scoring and passing offense in the league, led by a quarterback, Peyton Manning, fresh off the best regular season in the history of the position.

If Sunday only goes further in defining the legacy of Manning than the Seahawks’ defense, it will truly be a shame.

This was not Manning throwing for 300-plus yards at a 69 percent clip with one touchdown and one game-ending interception, as he did in a 31-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV in 2010.

This was different. This was domination.

Nearly 20 minutes of game time passed by before Denver was able to move the chains against Seattle, which led 15-0 at that point.

And even then, there was a consensus on Twitter and the Fox telecast that the Broncos were still in great position to win the game — that Seattle had perhaps blew its best shot at grabbing control of the game.

Only the defense never let up.

Seattle had scored seven times by the time Denver finally crossed the goal line, which came with three seconds remaining in the third quarter.

In short, the game was over, and had been for a long time.

And the reason was the “’14 Seahawks” as they will be referenced for the rest of history.

Because on Sunday night, the Seahawks joined the likes of the ’85 Bears and 2000 Ravens as teams that will be remembered for historically dominant defenses.

Contact Jordan Mason at or 254-501-7562​

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