Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A general view as blue and green confetti is shot in the air after Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl XLVIII: Post Game Recap and What's Next for the Chiefs

If you saw that coming, you are a very rich person. I don’t think a single person in the world — save for a few overzealous members of the infamous “12th Man” — saw the Seattle Seahawks completely destroying the Denver Broncos 43-8. But, that’s exactly what happened.

It was over nearly before it started. Just :12 seconds into the game, quarterback Peyton Manning tried to make one of famous “line audibles” and the center mistook it for “Omaha” and the ball went flying over Manning’s head. That was a sign for things to come.

The Seahawks didn’t look great in their first couple of series’, stalling in the red zone and settling for field goals on their first few possessions. However, they got going and once they did, they didn’t let up.

The Seahawks “Legion of Boom” didn’t disappoint, and harassed Manning for most of the night, accounting for an interception, a pick six and a pair of fumbles. They hit hard and they hit often, never really allowing Manning to find a rhythm even though he completed a Super Bowl record 33 passes.

In a game that many said was just a formality on Denver’s way to being crowned Super Bowl champions and the greatest team of all time, it turned out to be the coming out party for these “loud mouthed” Seahawks. Russell Wilson looked good, showing great poise considering he’s the largest game of his young (second year) career in the NFL.

As a Chiefs fan, it was nice to watch this game and see the Broncos get beat. As a sportswriter, it got a bit monotonous. As an analyst, I’d like to think that Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and defensive coordinator Bob Sutton are watching this game and will continue to watch it during the entire off season. If any team provided the ultimate blue print on how to completely shut down the Broncos, it was this Seahawks team. Their defense hits hard, takes good angles to the ball and gets after the quarterback.

Next year is a new year and all the teams will look different. The Broncos will likely not have their “four horsemen” as receiver Eric Decker is a free agent next month and will likely leave town when the Broncos can’t afford him.

If history is a teacher, perhaps Manning should retire now. In the 2009 NFC Championship game, then Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre lost to the ultimate Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. He finished the greatest season of his career one game short of the big stage. Thinking he would come back to make “one more go,” Favre returned for the next season and went out on the bottom of the league, injured and dejected.

Could this be what’s in store for Peyton Manning? At 37, he’s not getting any younger. This was probably his best chance to win that elusive second Super Bowl and he let it slip by. The national media crowned him and  his team the “greatest thing in the NFL” after the first week of the regular season. Can a team truly maintain that level of play two seasons in a row? Will many of the primary players be back next season? These are all questions that will be answered in the days, weeks and months ahead as the off season truly gets under way starting tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, do you know what the best part of February 3 is?

Everyone is now 0-0 for the 2014 season and the Kansas City Chiefs are now tied with the Denver Broncos for first place in the AFC West. Let that sink in.

It was a helluva season, Addicts. Here’s to great things in 2014.

Congrats to the Seattle Seahawks on a great win. But here at AA we’re red and gold until we’re dead and cold.


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  • Hawthorne

    Can’t wait to go to work tomorrow. Everyone told me I was crazy for thinking Seattle could beat the ‘best offense ever’. Defense wins championships. Nuff said.

    • calciomoti

      Which is what we should concentrate our efforts upon during fa and the draft. Definitely need some help at the fs position, and depth at the cb, de positions…and a true 2 wr with speed.

      • Hawthorne

        Amen brotha. I’d even forgo the WR if necessary to get the defense where it needs to be. A FS press CB a DT/DE and a developmental OLB should do it.

    • berttheclock

      Yes, defense does win championships. Sort of ironic for Seattle in that when the Sonics played the Bulls in the NBA finals, it was really defense by the Bulls which prevailed. Yes, they had Michael, but, their toughness as a defensive unit stopped the Sonics whose game plan all season was to trap, steal the ball and race to the basket for slam dunks. As the Sonics, finally, met up against better guards who didn’t give up the ball, the game was turned into a half court defensive battle, where the Sonics couldn’t compete.

      Now, the Seattle football team has shown, once again, a great defense trumps a great offense. So, onward to a far better defensive team for the Chiefs next season. I am switching from taking a top receiver to a top safety. Yes, we need a wide out with tremendous speed, who can get off the line of scrimmage, gain separation, fly down the field and catch the ball, but, the Indy game was not lost by the offense. It was lost by not being able to stop Luck.

  • andyred

    poor peyton, broncos, and broncos fans. -said no one ever

  • sidibeke

    Can’t wait for FA to begin.

  • Jacob

    And now the wait begins…

    Time for cryo sleep.

  • Tristian Shelley

    We have a better pass rush and 2 6ft 2 corners but they don’t turn around for the football and that’s part of why Seattle can play a simple coverage like cover 3 and dominate the broncos and we don’t along with most teams in the league. The reason Seattle won is coaching plain and simple. So thats a message to Bob Sutton and the secondary coach to get better. Pass rush nonexistent? Ok well if they throw at your outside corners and they constantly contest every ball what happens? The QB thinks twice holds the ball and boom look at that the rush improves. Its a team game. Everything works hand in hand. We all know the chiefs d has to b better if we wanna get where we wanna go. U saw how disiplined Seattle’s D played. That’s ciaching and film study. Time for sutton to do his job

    • sidibeke

      Too much talent on D to be giving 30+ points up consistently.

  • andy

    If this Seattle team is this good, the afc will be in a sb drought for a while. Sorry, they just looked like they had 15 defensive players on the field. Their offense is scary efficient.

    • berttheclock

      Amazing what a game manager at QB can do for efficiency, eh?

      • micah stephenson

        Wtf??? Wow. I noticed its a lot of refusal to give Wilson credit. If you watched all the stories about the seahawks leading up to the superbowl, you would have learned that Wilson is anything but a “game manager” which is an insult. You don’t win a superbowl 2 yrs in being a “GM”. Wilson has 1st rd talent, he just got drafted low cus he was only 5’11. The Chiefs refuse to draft a QB so they passed on him 2. Almost every Seahawk says it is no coincidence that sense they got Wilson they are successful. Wilson has only lost 9 games in his 1st 2 seasons. Wilson is more than a “GM” he makes the plays, down field, he coverts on 3 rd down, he scrambles well, he do a lot more than just “GM” I hope you were being sarcastic or mocking fans calling him a GM.

        • Calchiefsfan

          Your description of Wilson sounded a lot like what Smith did in the Indy playoff game.

        • T.Hagen

          Yeah I’m stoked the Seahawks won but it sounds like to me you’re in love with R.Wilson, get a fathead of him and hang in your room and you can fantasize Al day long. Hahaha.

      • micah stephenson

        Alex Smith is a “game manager” Wilson is a BALLA!!!! I havnt checked the stats but Wilson looked like Manning or Brady last night. It seemed like Wilson drove them down them field and scored almost every time he touched the ball. I believe he was over 50% on his 3rd down conversion rate. Wilson is one the best young QBs in the lg. Congrats to the seahawks for taking a swing a QB and hitting a home run instead of settling for mediocrity with Hasselbeck. Mayby one day we will start taking swings at a QB.

      • niner559

        Seattle uses wilson as a game manager most of the time, and let him open it up when they need it. A lot like the niners used to do with Alex. Both are real good QB’s, but both teams are defensive, ball control teams. I do not see Reid as the same and we will see Alex really open it up next year!!

    • niner559

      This Seattle defense is that good and so is the entire NFC West for that matter. I would go out on a limb and say that the Chiefs offense is better than Seattle, SF and the rest of the NFC West. What the Chiefs have to concentrate on is the defense and only the defense. In his second year in Reids system, Alex will be twice as good next year regardless of the receivers. But you can’t continue to let other teams score 30+ points a game. The chiefs, would have given Seattle a much better game.

  • berttheclock

    John Schneider, the GM of the Seahawks, learned under both Ron Wolf and Ted Thompson in Green Bay. He learned his lessons very well. He did not change the Seahawks over night, but, he kept improving them every year. John Dorsey learned under the same men. John Dorsey has vastly improved the Chiefs and, I believe, as John Schneider has done, Mr Dorsey will keep improving the Chiefs into a Super Bowl winning team. Far better days ahead for the Great Chiefs Nation, far better days ahead.