Because of Perfect Storm, Broncos had it Coming

superbowl-xlvii-at-metlife-stadium_original1The Denver Broncos were caught like dear in the headlights during their 2014 Super Bowl appearance against the Seattle Seahawks. While eager fans and the Broncos seemed quite surprised at the following performance, a look back at some footage reveals that may have had it coming.

Super Bowl XLVIII held a couple of important records. It was the largest viewing audience to date, 111 million people. This also marks the longest a team has maintained a lead in the Super Bowl to date. There were many factors that all lined up perfectly to help the Seattle Seahawks catapult to a shutout victory.

First, the Seahawks got an important early lead. Their offense focuses on ball control. They are able to slow down the clock and lean on their special teams. However, if the Broncos had scored out of the gate, the Seahawks may have had a tough time competing with their offense. However the Seahawks did get an early lead and they are known for protecting any advantage they have.

Seattle’s advantages continued as they employed scripted plays. Normally the Seahawks have utilized pretty predictable, uncomplicated offensive plays this season, but they changed it up for the Super Bowl. They pulled out scripted plays from every section of the playbook, keeping the game unpredictable, varied, and creative.

Another factor to consider, giving the Seahawks an advantage is that Percy Harvin was back on the field. He is perhaps their best offensive player and they used him during the Super Bowl in really smart ways.

The Seahawks also knew the importance of going for Peyton Manning. He came through the playoffs without being hit, but during the Super Bowl, Seattle was able to sack him once and hit him five more times. Additionally, they hurried him seventeen times. All of the pressure to get Manning off of his spot allowed the Seahawks to tame the Broncos offense.

The Seattle Seahawks pulled out all of the stops for this once and the Broncos just couldn’t keep up. Better luck next year.

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page http://ift.tt/1eiUMCK

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Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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