Seahawks fans’ noise caused safety on first play of Super Bowl

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Seattle Seahawks fans have gained a well-deserved reputation for being some of the best and noisiest fans in the NFL. A lot of that has been attributed to the structure and design of CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks play their home games. But if you believe that C-Link Field is the sole reason for the Seahawks having a homefield advantage, you’re definitely not giving the fans enough credit.

Seahawks fans are so good that they traveled to the Super Bowl in New Jersey and made enough noise to cause the Denver Broncos to have a miscommunication that led to a safety on the first play of the game.

There were questions immediately after the game about what led to the safety. Broncos center Manny Ramirez initially blamed Peyton Manning before saying it was his fault.

Thanks to NFL Films’ “Sound FX,” we now know it was the fans that created the problem.

“I called the snap count, you didn’t hear me,” Manning told Ramirez as he was jogging off the field, as pointed out by Shutdown Corner.

“We gotta go to the silent count,” Manning said twice to offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

The reaction from head coach John Fox was an interesting one.

“Little louder than we thought, huh?” Fox said into his headset with a smile.

Fox didn’t seem to be worried and probably just figured that was one minor hitch they’d be able to overcome. Boy was he wrong.

Manning even seem unconcerned at that point in the game.

“I called the cadence,” Manning said with a chuckle. “Couldn’t hear anything.”

Manning then admitted that they should have started with a silent snap count.

The safety was obviously one of the most notable plays of the game because it’s so rare that you see a team — particularly as one as sharp as the Broncos — screw up that badly on the first play when they’ve had two weeks of preparation. The play also set the tone for a Seahawks blowout that Denver never saw coming.

If you watched the Sound FX video, you would have seen that the Broncos still were extremely confident, and almost arrogant, that early in the game. I’m sure the mood on the sidelines changed pretty quickly after they saw how stingy Seattle’s defense was.

12th Man symbolism popped up all throughout the Super Bowl


By now we are all well aware of the type of impact Seattle Seahawks fans, a.k.a. the 12th Man, had on the team’s success throughout its championship season. Super Bowl XLVIII was one of the loudest in history, and Seahawks fans deserve a ton of credit for traveling well and making life difficult for the Denver Broncos. And how about the eery symbolism throughout the game?

A quick look at the Super Bowl box score will tell you how prevalent the No. 12 was as Seattle was blowing out Peyton Manning and company. For starters, the safety that set the tone and won this dude a ton of money came exactly 12 seconds into the game. That was only the beginning.

When Marshawn Lynch plunged into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown that gave the Seahawks a 15-0 lead, there was exactly 12:00 remaining in the first half. And when Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for a score, the touchdown came — you guessed it — 12 seconds into the third quarter.

Coincidence? I suppose it could be. Seahawks fans might not think so.

Wes Welker: Broncos were not prepared for crowd noise

Seahawks-12th-manThe Super Bowl typically attracts more rich yuppies and people who want to be seen than it does rabid football fans. Not many people can afford the thousands of dollars it costs to attend the game, although it certainly felt like the Seattle Seahawks’ 12th Man found a way on Sunday night. Wes Welker said the Denver Broncos were not adequately prepared for that.

Crowd noise almost certainly was the main reason the Broncos allowed a safety on their first offensive play of the game. Peyton Manning admitted that after the game, and Welker echoed his thoughts.

“That’s the way the start of any Super Bowl is: It’s going to be loud,” Welker said, according to Greg A. Bedard of the Monday Morning Quarterback. “The fans are going to be yelling. They don’t really know why they’re yelling — it’s just the start of the Super Bowl. We didn’t prepare very well for that, and it showed.”

In this case, the fans did know why they were yelling. They were Seahawks fans, and they realized that enough noise could rattle Manning in New York the same way it would in Seattle. The game was easily the loudest Super Bowl I have ever watched, and it wasn’t even close.

Since the game was played at a neutral site, Broncos head coach John Fox did not expect crowd noise to be a factor. Last Wednesday during practice, Fox chose to keep the simulated crowd noise at a lower volume than normal.

“Normally, it’s about five times louder than that,” Fox said at the time. “It’s not an away game. The ones I’ve been to haven’t been too loud. So we just kind of practice with what we think we’re going to get.”

They thought wrong. What Denver got was basically an away game, and it clearly had an effect on Manning’s rhythm. It was only fitting that the 12th Man was more prepared than the opposition for one last game of a championship season.

H/T Around the League

CBS accidentally showed Super Bowl security’s Wi-Fi login information on TV


Security at Super Bowl XLVIII could have been a little tighter. We realized that when a 9/11 truther made his way into the media room after the game without a valid press pass by telling security guards that he was running late. If you were watching CBS before the game aired on Sunday night, you may have noticed another security flub.

CBS This Morning ran a special on security at the Super Bowl and showed viewers what a massive operation it is to keep the biggest sporting event in America safe. As Twitter user @TheSmarmyBum pointed out, CBS also aired the security room’s Wi-Fi login information on national television.

While I’m sure someone noticed the breach and changed the login info, it was still alarming to see. Fortunately, there were no consequences — as was the case with the 9/11 truther. I’m sure things will be a bit more strict next year.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Nevada casinos made record $19.7 million profit on Super Bowl


Peyton Manning making it to the Super Bowl and losing was the best thing that could have happened to Las Vegas. Manning has a cult following across America, which let to millions of dollars being placed on the Denver Broncos as 2.5-point favorites. They didn’t quite manage to cover the spread, and the end result was record Super Bowl profits for the state of Nevada.

As the Associated Press reported on Monday, gamblers wagered a record $119.4 million on Super Bowl XLVIII. The public lost in a big way as the majority of bettors backed Denver, leading to $19.7 million in profits for Nevada sportsbooks. The previous record for Super Bowl profits was set in 2005, when casinos made $15.4 million.

Had it not been for a few unlikely plays, the house would have made even more money. Anyone who bet on a safety got 8:1 odds, and those who bet on a safety being the first play of the game got somewhere in the neighborhood of 60:1. We already showed you one gambler who won $25K on the Broncos giving up a safety to start the game. The two-point conversion Denver converted late in the game also paid out 5:1.

“The safety is no longer in my vocabulary,” Wynn sportsbook manager Johnny Avello joked.

Casinos also made out on the over/under, where the total was set at 47.5. Most bettors — likely taking the potential for nasty weather and a ferocious Seahawks defense into consideration — took the under. The total ended up being 51.

As any logical person could tell you, the house always wins. Nevada sportsbooks have only come out on the losing end of the Super Bowl twice in the past 20 years, the last coming when they lost a record $2.6 million after the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots in 2008. Their profits from this year alone more than covered that hit.

Richard Sherman: Seahawks figured out Peyton Manning’s audibles, hand signals

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The Seattle Seahawks completely shut down the Denver Broncos in the first half of Super Bowl XLVIII. They held Denver to 11 yards in the first quarter, intercepted Peyton Manning twice in the half and didn’t allow any points. Richard Sherman says that’s because the Seahawks figured out Manning’s hand signals and audibles in the first half of the game.

Sherman told Monday Morning Quarterback’s Robert Klemko about how they got the mental edge on the Broncos.

“All we did was play situational football,” Sherman told Klemko at the team party after the game. “We knew what route concepts they liked on different downs, so we jumped all the routes. Then we figured out the hand signals for a few of the route audibles in the first half.”

Klemko says Sherman then demonstrated how they figured out Peyton’s hand signals and said they were calling out his plays and getting them right.

“Me, Earl [Thomas], Kam [Chancellor]… we’re not just three All-Pro players. We’re three All-Pro minds,” Sherman says. “Now, if Peyton had thrown in some double moves, if he had gone out of character, we could’ve been exposed.”

So Sherman says they took gambles, but that was because they were confident they figured out Peyton’s signs. Looks like they were right.

This would actually be the second time in a Super Bowl that a defensive player beat Manning by learning about his tendencies. You may recall that Tracy Porter said he jumped the route in the Super Bowl between the Saints and Colts because of what he had studied of Manning on film. That led to a game-clinching pick-six for Porter.

And for all the talk about Peyton Manning being an offensive genius and smarter than most players — and that sure seems to be the case most of the time — it’s obvious he is not invincible. It sounds like Seattle’s defense simply outsmarted him. That’s not surprising considering what a student of the game Sherman is.

We also encourage you to read Klemko’s entire article on Sherman from after the Super Bowl. It’s loaded with great information and details.

H/T Business Insider

Mike Vick is a little confused about who won Super Bowl MVP

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Mike Vick was just trying to tweet his support for Russell Wilson and explain why he felt like the Seattle Seahawks quarterback should have been named MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII, but he ended up looking somewhat foolish instead.

No disrespect to Mike Vick (or Doug Baldwin) but I believe Malcolm Smith won MVP.

There actually is a great case to be made for Wilson as MVP. He threw for two touchdowns and played extremely well in the second half to ensure Denver didn’t come back.

I actually would have voted Cliff Avril for MVP. He’s the one who put the pressure on Peyton Manning both times to cause each of the interceptions, and I think it was fitting for a defensive player to win MVP. Kam Chancellor also had a great argument to win the award as well.

Anyway, good job, good effort, Vick.