Peyton Manning and his high-octane Denver Broncos offense had never seen a defense quite like the Seattle Seahawks.
Then again, nobody in the NFL has seen a team quite like the Seahawks.
The new Super Bowl champions are feisty, led by a defense that embarrassed Manning and the Broncos. They’re fearless, smart enough to know they lacked the experience and pedigrees to pull this off and too young to care.
Mostly, though, they’re a whole lot of fun, something the NFL sorely needs after years of dour teams that treat games like negotiations over the debt ceiling. Yes, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, that was directed at you.