Coffee & Cigarettes: Seahawks links for winning a Super Bowl

Championship Braintrust - Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Feels good, don't it.

The Best Scoring Defenses In NFL History — FootballPerspective.com
Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks and their fans on winning Super Bowl XLVIII. With the win, Seattle has confirmed its status as one of the greatest defenses in NFL history. The Seahawks defense produced a game for the ages on Sunday: facing Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, and one of the greatest offenses ever, Seattle’s defense outscored Denver’s offense, 9-8. Led by Malcolm Smith, Cliff Avril, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, the Seahawks stamped their claim with the ’85 Bears, ’00 Ravens, and ’02 Bucs as one of the greatest defenses of the last 30 years.

Kam Chancellor hit set the tone for Seattle | ProFootballTalk
"You can tell they really wanted to run crossing routes, but on the first one they met Kam Chancellor," Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner said after the game.

John Schneider’s work pays off in Super Bowl win | ProFootballTalk
Anytime a team wins the Super Bowl, their general manager is worthy of praise for the job he did putting together the roster.

Report: Quinn "would’ve been interested" in Browns’ coaching job | ProFootballTalk
If the Browns would have waited until after the Super Bowl to hire a head coach, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn reportedly would have been all ears.

Percy Harvin: Those guys had so much belief in me | ProFootballTalk
"It was amazing. Those guys had so much belief in me," Harvin said. "Even when I wasn’t practicing, those guys were saying, ‘You’re going to score on this,’ and I’m like ‘I’m not even on the field practicing yet.’ Coach saved that one return for me hoping we could get a look, and it came through."

Peyton is insulted when reporter asks if he’s embarrassed | ProFootballTalk
"We put in a lot of hard work and effort," Manning said. "The word ‘embarrassing,’ I think, is an insulting word."

Seahawks set Super Bowl record by leading for 59:48 | ProFootballTalk
In their 43-8 victory against the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night, the Seahawks set a couple of records that will not be easy to top.

Russell Wilson beats plenty of odds to lead Seattle to a Super Bowl win | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
Russell Wilson doesn't fit the profile.

Cliff Avril goes from 0-16 with the Lions to a Super Bowl championship | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo Sports
Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril paid some dues to earn his Super Bowl ring.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | Audibles at the Line: Super Bowl XLVIII
For this year's playoffs, we have a modified format for our Audibles at the Line feature, combining our Twitter feeds with our e-mail discussion. Firstly, the arrival of the playoffs brings with it the return of our usual back-and-forth staff e-mail conversation. Secondly, every game will also have a selection of tweets from us and a few reader tweets we found particularly insightful. To follow these tweets live on Sunday, or to contribute your own thoughts or a question for the FO staff, you can use hashtag #FOAud. We discussed the new format in this post.

For Seattle's Malcolm Smith, 'Faith, Family and Football' are more than cliches | Audibles - SI.com
It was the kind of play that every NFL player dreams about, and so few ever get a chance to live. And for Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, there have been several of those moments in the last month. Smith was on the receiving end of the Richard Sherman tip drill that ended the NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, and he picked off a Peyton Manning pass that had been altered by the pressure of defensive end Cliff Avril, and returned it for a 69-yard touchdown with 3:21 left in the first half of Super Bowl XLVIII. Then, with 6:08 left in the third quarter, he recovered the fumble caused by cornerback Byron Maxwell after receiver Demaryius Thomas caught a pass from Manning.

Pete Carroll found himself, and then found his ultimate redemption | Audibles - SI.com
After his Seattle Seahawks finished the Denver Broncos in every possible way with their 43-8 Super Bowl XLVIII victory, he looked like a man with several tons of baggage lifted from his shoulders. The specter of his failures with the New York Jets and New England Patriots in the 1990s had him wondering at one point whether he would ever get another chance in the NFL, and the decade of success at USC after could not erase a burning desire to see if he’d learned enough to give the pros another try.

The Super Bowl as told by Twitter: The Broncos were heavily mocked - CBSSports.com
Twitter users lambasted the Broncos during their dreadful Super Bowl performance.

Best days of Marshawn Lynch's life: Being born, winning Super Bowl - CBSSports.com
Winning the Super Bowl didn't make Sunday the best day of Marshawn Lynch's life, but it's a close No. 2.

Super Bowl XLIX odds: Seahawks open at 7/1, Broncos at 8/1 - CBSSports.com
Both Super Bowl XLVIII participants are favorites to return to the Big Game next year in Arizona.

Peyton's ducks get smothered by Seahawks in stinging defeat - CBSSports.com
Peyton Manning's career credentials are impeccable, but his lackluster performance against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII was an absolute dud, if not a disaster.

A year after visiting the Super Bowl, Russell Wilson helps win it - CBSSports.com
Russell Wilson, two seasons removed from being a third-round draft pick, certainly has the respect of his teammates.

Cliff Avril's persistent pressure pays off against Peyton Manning - CBSSports.com
Cliff Avril had a major impact on Seattle's defense on Sunday. Just like he might have thought.

Sorting the Sunday Pile: Seattle D dominates Denver in TKO fashion - CBSSports.com
The Seahawks defense punched the Broncos in the mouth and didn't stop punching until Super Bowl XLVIII was over.

Richard Sherman on Broncos receivers: 'They felt us' - NFL.com
"We felt like that later on in the game, like they felt us," Sherman said on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Final." "They weren't looking to come up there and block."

Manny Ramirez takes responsibility for Broncos safety - NFL.com
Broncos center Manny Ramirez accepted full responsibility after the game for the botched snap on Denver's first offensive play of Super Bowl XLVIII. So how much was the play to blame for the loss?

Tony McDaniel: Denver Broncos appeared to give up - NFL.com
"When we was up about 29 points, just his whole emotion was kind of like he was dry," McDaniel said. "Just the whole team looked like they was giving up, and once we scored again, I knew it was over."

Doug Baldwin with a message for Chris Carter | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
"OK, y’all listen to me loud and clear," he said. "Y’all listening? Y’all hear me? For all y’all who called us, the receiving corps, average, pedestrian, appetizers—I’m not going to say any names, but he knows who he is—I respect what you did on the field, but stick to playing football, because your analytical skills ain’t up to par yet. You need to slow down and go back and not do it half-assed and put some effort into it, because you’re saying some stuff that didn’t really make sense." "That dude who said that we were appetizers, he told me to Google him, and I did Google him, but I didn’t see any Super Bowl appearances, and I also saw two looses in conference championships. I have a Super Bowl ring, and I would gladly show that to him. And if he doesn’t have time to come see it, tell him he can Google it."

Doug Baldwin with a message for Chris Carter | HeraldNet.com - Seattle Sidelines
"OK, y’all listen to me loud and clear," he said. "Y’all listening? Y’all hear me? For all y’all who called us, the receiving corps, average, pedestrian, appetizers—I’m not going to say any names, but he knows who he is—I respect what you did on the field, but stick to playing football, because your analytical skills ain’t up to par yet. You need to slow down and go back and not do it half-assed and put some effort into it, because you’re saying some stuff that didn’t really make sense." "That dude who said that we were appetizers, he told me to Google him, and I did Google him, but I didn’t see any Super Bowl appearances, and I also saw two looses in conference championships. I have a Super Bowl ring, and I would gladly show that to him. And if he doesn’t have time to come see it, tell him he can Google it."

Thiel: Seahawks saw the beatdown coming | Sportspress Northwest
Lashing the Broncos with ruthless hits and the amazing Percy Harvin, the Seahawks brought home the first major sports championship in 35 years.

Super Bowl XVLIII Pete Carroll Postgame Speech
Pete Carroll talks to the team after the Seahawks 48-3 win over the Broncos and becoming Super Bowl champions for the first time in franchise history.

Kam Chancellor delivers message with rib-jarring hit, interception | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor’s early hit on Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas limited Thomas cut short the Broncos’ second drive. Teammates called it the game’s "tone-changer."

Seahawk fans at the game ‘walking on clouds’ | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
The thousands of Seahawks fans who made the trek to New Jersey for the Super Bowl were ecstatic about Seattle’s domination of the Denver Broncos.

Russell Wilson keeps Seahawks on task | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson leads young Seahawks to dominating Super Bowl victory.

Seahawks defense earns the right to gloat | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times
The Seahawks’ young defense looked absolutely dominant in embarrassing Denver in Super Bowl. Seattle defenders made a statement about not only how good they are, but how good they can be.

Percy Harvin shows why Seahawks traded for him | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Percy Harvin made a few big plays for the Seahawks on Sunday, including an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Seattle’s Super Bowl victory over Denver.

Seahawks dominate Denver from start to finish to win Super Bowl | Seahawks | The Seattle Times
Defense and special teams win it for Seattle in convincing fashion.

Pete Carroll: From New York Jets' castoff to Super Bowl XLVIII champ - ESPN
Nineteen years before his confetti shower Sunday night at Super Bowl XLVIII, Pete Carroll was a guy without a job. It was early January 1995, and he walked into his owner’s office, carrying a binder that included his offseason plan for the New York Jets.

Seattle Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII with old-school style - ESPN
After failures as an NFL head coach with the New York Jets and New England Patriots, Pete Carroll went to USC to prove to himself that old-school football could work. To Carroll, that meant rugged defense and running the football, a mindset he then imported to his next NFL stop with the Seattle Seahawks.

Manning, Denver no match for Seattle D - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
Peyton Manning may be the best quarterback in NFL history. But Mr. Manning was no match for the Seattle Seahawks' defense in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Super Bowl XLVIII -- Seattle Seahawks' win heavily features No. 12 - ESPN
The Seattle Seahawks always talk about the power of 12 -- their fabled "12th man."

Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith of Seattle Seahawks steals show - ESPN
Two weeks ago in Seattle, he was an accidental tourist when the fury that is Richard Sherman delivered the game-winning ball into his grateful hands.

Speed, depth, physical presence, and just doing what they do on defense was Seattle's recipe for success
The Seattle Seahawks don't think they need to disguise what they do defensively. They believe that opposing offenses know exactly what their defense is going to do from a scheme perspective, and they don't seem to care. The reason is simple. They're loaded with talented players who can all run and hit. The Seahawks feel that if they execute their simple defense, they'll win. That mindset didn't change even against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, which was one of the best offenses statistically in the history of the NFL.

Seahawks 'D' sticks to its guns to dominate Broncos - 710sports.com
The Seahawks could have won the Super Bowl without their offense taking a single snap.

Seahawks Super Bowl MVP? Pick one - 710sports.com
The most difficult thing about Seattle's Super Bowl victory: Picking an MVP.

Title extra sweet for Harvin, Seahawks' receivers - 710sports.com
"It's a big horse off my back," he said after the Seahawks' 43-8 blowout of Denver. "I finally was able to give my team something for four quarters. That meant a lot to me."

Seahawks ride defense to Super Bowl victory
In a battle of the No. 1-ranked defenses and offenses in the NFL, the Seahawks’ defense suffocated the Broncos’ offense in a 43-8 victory in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.

Instant reaction: Seahawks win the Super Bowl | Seahawks Draft Blog
We did it.

What we learned from Super Bowl XLVIII - NFL.com
Michael Bennett said the Seattle Seahawks have the best defense since the '85 Bears. With Richard Sherman and Co., he might just have a point. Gregg Rosenthal has 12 takeaways from Super Bowl XLVIII.

Manning, Denver no match for Seattle D - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Peyton Manning may be the best quarterback in NFL history. But Mr. Manning was no match for the Seattle Seahawks' defense in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Future blindingly bright for Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks Blog - ESPN
"I wanted to get a sense of how it was going to be," Wilson recalled Sunday night. "I wanted to know how the pregame was going to go, halftime, all of it, the whole experience, so I could be as prepared as possible."

Seattle Seahawks demolish Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII | Audibles - SI.com
Despite employing something of a makeshift unit, the Broncos protected Peyton Manning better than any other O-line guarded any QB in the league. Denver allowed all of 20 sacks in 16 regular-season games, easily the lowest number in the league.

Percy Harvin finally proves himself and delivers for the Seahawks | Audibles - SI.com
"We haven’t had the opportunity to demonstrate how that’s going to all work out and fit with our club yet, to any extent," Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said earlier in the week, "but this will be an opportunity, in this game, to get him involved."

Broncos VP John Elway disappointed, says Seahawks defense was 'relentless' in Super Bowl XLVIII - NY Daily News
On the biggest stage, with the best offense in the league, the Broncos had a meltdown of epic proportions with Wes Welker, the big free-agent signing for Denver, and Elway, the Super Bowl MVP turned team exec, appearing shell-shocked after the 43-8 defeat to the the Seahawks.

Super Bowl XLVIII -- Richard Sherman of Seattle Seahawks has high ankle sprain - ESPN New York
"It really numbs the pain a lot," Sherman said. "It was really hurting, and I was sad I let my teammates down and I wasn't able to finish the game. But I knew they would step up for me and do that. And this feeling is just unbelievable, it's a dream come true."

Percy Harvin Finally Delivers on Seattle’s Investment - NYTimes.com
The Seattle Seahawks were so certain that Percy Harvin was the game-breaking offensive player they needed to advance to the Super Bowl that they traded first- and third-round draft choices in 2013 and their third-round selection this year to the Minnesota Vikings to obtain him.

Percy Harvin provides Seattle Seahawks with explosive playmaking in Super Bowl XLVIII - ESPN
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin didn't win the most valuable player award in Super Bowl XLVIII, but he did make the most valuable play. It came at the start of the third quarter, when he fielded a short kickoff by Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater and settled his eyes on his opponents. Within seconds, Harvin had raced right, cut upfield and exploded through the middle of Denver's coverage unit. In the process, he stole whatever remnants of hope the Broncos still clung to in a game they would eventually lose by the shocking score of 43-8.

Malcolm Smith, Super Bowl MVP, leads 'bunch of misfits'
"That's the way we play football,'' Carroll said. "I'm proud that that is the way we put our stamp on this world championship.

Seahawks win it all just the way they drew it up
This was the way the Seattle Seahawks drew it up before the season started, put together perfectly on the biggest stage of all.

Never a doubt as Seahawks dismantle Broncos | HeraldNet.com - Sports
Amidst the celebration the tears and the hugs, there was something else in the Seattle Seahawks locker room as they celebrated the first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

Seattle Seahawks D leads them over Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII - NFL - Don Banks - SI.com
Offense still predominates in today's NFL, attracting most of the attention, glory and fantasy football style points. But on Sunday night at MetLife Stadium, Seattle's defense was virtually the whole reason the Seahawks rule the league for the first time in franchise history.

Pete Carroll's Seahawks go all 'USC' on Broncos in 43-8 Super Bowl rout - latimes.com
Relentless Seattle defense harasses Peyton Manning, forces four turnovers in a dominant performance reminiscent of Carroll's USC teams.

Forget Forecast: Seahawks Pour It On in the Super Bowl - NYTimes.com
There was pressure, so much pressure at MetLife Stadium. The Seattle Seahawks embraced it, inflicted it, reveled in it. They spoke all week of their respect for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos’ high-powered offense, but, they said, wait until Sunday. Just wait.

Seahawks 43-8 rout of Broncos adds to history of Super Bowl blowouts - SBNation.com
The Seattle Seahawks now share the honor of having the third-biggest blowout win in Super Bowl history.

'Hawks to prioritize Earl Thomas over Richard Sherman - NFL.com
Not long after Super Bowl XLVIII, the Seattle Seahawks will start planning for their 2014 season. They already have a good idea on how they will attack things.

Super Bowl 2014 MVP: Malcolm Smith gets the honors - SBNation.com
Malcolm Smith had a great game for the Seattle Seahawks, and was named the Super Bowl XLVIII MVP for his troubles.

Pro Football Hall of Fame 2014: Reactions to the seven inductees - SBNation.com
Derrick Brooks, Michael Strahan and Ray Guy were among those who made it to Canton.

Ranking the NFL Stadium Experiences - Stadium Journey
On the eve of the Super Bowl, we are pleased to present our rankings from 1-32 for the top stadium experiences in the NFL for the past season. We use our official FANFARE rankings from our correspondents when determining our list, and use the ratings of our members as the primary tiebreaker. We've included an excerpt from each of our reviews. We're looking forward to seeing the new home of the 49ers, Levi's Stadium in 2014. Please be sure to share your experiences as well, by rating the stadiums where you have attended a game.

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