January 30th, 2014
As the saying goes, "Offense sells tickets but defense wins championships." When you look at Super Bowl XLVIII, it's hard to argue with that.
The Seattle Seahawks "Legion of Boom" is the undisputed top defense in the NFL. They are led by dynamic playmakers in the secondary - Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor - so you're going to have trouble passing on them. But when you try your running game, you run smack into dominant players such as Bobby Wagner, Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. Whichever poison you pick, yards and points will be tough to come by.
Just how good are they? The Seahawks defense led the NFL this season: points allowed, yards allowed, yards per play allowed, turnovers forced, adjusted net yards per (pass) attempt allowed and interception rate.
The Denver Broncos, meanwhile, are an offensive juggernaut that do not even have a defense. Or so you might think, until you realize that the Broncos defense has been awesome in the playoffs. They held the Chargers and the Patriots - Rivers and Brady - to an average of only 16.5 points and 64.5 yards rushing. Stars such as Danny Trevathan, Duke Ihenacho, Shaun Phillips and Wesley Woodyard do not get the same publicity as the Denver offense - or the Seattle defense - gets but they are pretty darn good.
Two championship-caliber defenses yet only one will be crowned Super Bowl XLVIII champions. It's going to be awesome to watch!
Super Bowl Trivia - Defenses
Eight defensive players have been named the MVP of a Super Bowl: Chuck Howley, Jake Scott, Harvey Martin, Randy White, Richard Dent, Larry Brown, Ray Lewis and Dexter Jackson.
The record for most sacks in a Super Bowl game is three, held by both Arizona Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett and Green Bay Packers DE Reggie White.
Oakland Raiders LB Rod Martin holds the Super Bowl record for most INTs with three.
Carolina Panther LB Dan Morgan (18) and SS Mike Minter (14) combined for 32 tackles in Super Bowl XXXVIII. They rank #1 and #2 for most individual tackles in Super Bowl history.
The Dallas Cowboys defense held the Miami Dolphins to just three points in their 24-3 victory in Super Bowl VI.
Watch Super Bowl XLVIII at 6:30pm ET on Sunday, February 2nd on Fox.