Well, Super Bowl XLVIII officially brings us to the end of football season until sometime around September. The Seattle Seahawks won their first-ever Lombardi Trophy by beating Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos by a score of 43-8. Malcolm Smith, linebacker for Seattle, is this year’s Super Bowl MVP. He picked Peyton Manning and then took it to the house, and was instrumental on defense later in the game as well. Manning threw two interceptions and fumbled once in a night where he just couldn’t get anything going in his favor. The cornerbacks and linebackers were all over everything he threw tonight, and receivers just couldn’t get open when they needed to be. This was surprising to a lot of people, as this was the 5th time in history that the point spread was less than 3. Denver was a 2.5 point favorite going in. It was also the first time that the number 1 offense had faced the number 1 defense. I guess the old saying is true, offense wins games, defense wins championships. Of course, scoring in the first twelve seconds in both halves does help.
Around the league honors this year are San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen as Rookie of the Year, Green Bay Running Back Eddie Lacy as Offensive Rookie of the Year, Peyton Manning as Offensive Player of the Year, Jets’ Defense End Sheldon Richardson as Defensive Rookie of the Year, Carolina Panther’s Linebacker Luke Kuechly as Defensive Player of the Year, San Diego’s Philip Rivers is Comeback Player of the Year, The Bears’ Cornerback Charles Tillman is the Walter Payton Man of the Year and Carolina Panthers’ Head Coach Ron Rivera is Coach of the Year. Hall of Fame inductees for this year will be Michael Strahan, Andre Reed, Walter Jones, Derrick Brooks, Aeneas Williams, Claude Humphrey and Ray Guy. A couple of snubs, but guys like Marvin Harrison will make it in sooner or later, so no worries there. That about wraps it up for this year, we’ll see you back here next season on The Sports Section!