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Kam Chancellor hit set the tone for Seattle


When a game ends with a score like 43-8, it’s never about one play. But if you did want to identify one play that demonstrated what Super Bowl XLVIII was all about, you might go with Kam Chancellor’s tackle on the Broncos’ first pass.

That pass, a completion from Peyton Manning to Demaryius Thomas, was nothing out of the ordinary for Denver’s offense. But while the Broncos have been racking up yardage all season with passes from Manning to Thomas, this time Thomas was sent flying backward by a vicious but clean hit by Chancellor, the Seattle safety who came in like he was shot out of a cannon and laid the wood to Thomas.

“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.

Chancellor was a big part of a big defensive effort by the Seahawks — an effort that may cement Seattle’s status as the greatest pass defense in NFL history.

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73 Responses to “Kam Chancellor hit set the tone for Seattle”
  1. melikefootball says: Feb 2, 2014 11:03 PM

    How nice it was to see defense, get that Gödel.

  2. themagicman1223 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:03 PM

    Bam bam is the best SS in the NFL.

  3. metalman5150 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:06 PM

    And that was all she wrote.

  4. isphet71 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:06 PM

    Playing pass defense the way Seattle does in the NFL as it is today is exremely impressive. All the rules are slanting towards the offense, and the Seahawks jus don care.

    I bet NFL brass are wringing their hands that defense won the SB. Again.

    And I’m not saying this as a Seachickens slappy. I lived in Denver and was rooting for the Donkeys. But give credit where it is due.

  5. justintuckrule says: Feb 2, 2014 11:07 PM

    D Thomas played like a girl the whole rest of the game

  6. hawkspft says: Feb 2, 2014 11:09 PM

    I’m damn glad Peyton never got on that plane 2 years ago

  7. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Feb 2, 2014 11:10 PM

    The snap-over-the-head safety definitely set the tone.

  8. shayeezy says: Feb 2, 2014 11:11 PM

    would’ve been my MVP pick. best name in the game, too.

  9. remyje says: Feb 2, 2014 11:11 PM

    pftpoet has a poster of logicalvoicesays in his room

  10. realitycheckbaby says: Feb 2, 2014 11:14 PM

    Hate to tell you I told you but…..

  11. unitasftw says: Feb 2, 2014 11:15 PM

    8 points or 18-1? Thumbs up for 8 points, thumbs down for 18-1.

  12. hazelmn says: Feb 2, 2014 11:16 PM

    Kam Chancellor is awesome. Best safety in the league right now. And he is signed long-term.

    Can’t say that about most of the Seahawks. Look at the list of guys they need to re-sign in the next year:

    -Michael Bennett
    -Earl Thomas
    -Richard Sherman
    -And then Russell Wilson in two years, who is about as underpaid as you can get.

    Oh, and by the way, Percy Harvin becomes a HUGE cap hit starting next season. Hmmmm…. I wonder how this math works? It doesn’t. Good thing they took advantage of their window now.

  13. bennyb82 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:16 PM

    And Thomas is not a small receiver…

  14. jbaxt says: Feb 2, 2014 11:17 PM

    The obnoxious broncos fans set what they had coming. #karma

  15. bobleblah says: Feb 2, 2014 11:17 PM

    Chip Kelly are you paying attention?

    Defense wins Super Bowls!

  16. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:18 PM

    Defense wins championships. End. Of. Story.

    All those broncos fans guaranteeing a win because ‘you can’t stop this offense’ have been thoroughly shut up.

    Guarantee you john elway is getting his pocket book ready to sign some corners and safeties.

    It’s also zero degrees here in denver. Which is so so so appropriate.

  17. bassplucker says: Feb 2, 2014 11:19 PM

    I hate the Seahawks.

    That being said… watching Manning’s endless audibilizing at the line amount to absolutely nothing was somehow strangely satisfying.

    Line up, cut the BS and beat the guy across from you. Football is not that complicated and the Seahawks proved it today.

  18. prspicacious says: Feb 2, 2014 11:21 PM

    I thought Kam was going to win the MVP.

    Exciting, though , for a S E V E N T H round draft-pick like Malcolm Smith to get it. Dream come true for the young man. For the entire team.

    Team game. No need to dis Thomas or Manning. Clearly the better team prevailed today. No question. AFC Best vs. NFC Best.

    No can take that away from Seattle. Ever.

  19. jbaxt says: Feb 2, 2014 11:23 PM

    Could you imagine how bad Peypey would’ve been with 20 degree weather?

  20. titansbro says: Feb 2, 2014 11:24 PM

    Love the way that team plays. Chancellor & E Thomas are monsters out there. May just be the best secondary I’ve ever seen & I’ve been saying that all year.

  21. 12brichandfamous says: Feb 2, 2014 11:26 PM

    D Thomas had zero situational awareness. Rather than head upfield for first downs, he’s spinning back and losing valuable yards. He thought he would get YAC, but the Seahawks have tackling skills – unlike AFC teams who are all finesse this year.

  22. 12thmangohawks says: Feb 2, 2014 11:29 PM

    Seattle is the Best in the NFL all around, Haters can consult your favorite team for other opinions. GO HAWKS. F THE HATERS

  23. realfootballfan says: Feb 2, 2014 11:30 PM

    Yep, I expected Seattle to win pretty comfortably because it always goes this way when great defenses play great offenses that are not physical; however, when Demarius Thomas got lifted on that second Bronco drive, I knew it was going to be even worse than I thought for them.

  24. number1hawkfan says: Feb 2, 2014 11:31 PM

    I’ll take seattles style any day. A feared defense is the best football to root for.

  25. donewithfootball says: Feb 2, 2014 11:32 PM

    THIS ONES FOR JOHN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. worknman24hours says: Feb 2, 2014 11:34 PM

    I’d say Denver hiking the ball into its own end zone -ON THE FIRST PLAY OF THE GAME- for a safety-set the tone for the game.

  27. Patskrieg dot com says: Feb 2, 2014 11:34 PM

    Absolutely dominant. Thank you so much Seattle for slamming the door on Lombardi Trophy Repellant Wes Welker.

  28. 8oneanddones says: Feb 2, 2014 11:35 PM

    United in Orange!!!

  29. thebirdofprey2 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:44 PM

    Following the team last year Kam had a down year and I didn’t know what to think. It wasn’t until this year, it comes out he was dealing with an injury but never said a word. This year there was no question is the best SS in football. The playoffs some of the hits he has made were decleating. Great ball skills with the ints

    The one play in this game when he took the TE up the seam and comes off to make the play off Wes Welker just amazing. Him and Earl hands down the best safety tandem in football.

  30. raider8er says: Feb 2, 2014 11:44 PM

    I saw it like the Jack Tatum hit on Sammy White in SB XI. Setting the tone!

  31. bert1913 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:45 PM

    vernon davis hates kam

  32. meatcarroll says: Feb 2, 2014 11:50 PM

    2013 Seahawks defense = BEST defense in NFL HISTORY!!! 76 Steelers, 85 Bears, 00 Ravens, 02 Bucs, 08 Steelers were all great defenses but NONE of them completely NEUTERED the BEST OFFENSE IN LEAGUE HISTORY in the Superb Owl.

  33. oreo51 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:52 PM

    The Broncos just could not match the physical play of the Hawks. After the first few plays their receivers were looking to go down right away. No one wanted to turn up field.

  34. thesteelskirt says: Feb 2, 2014 11:54 PM

    Total domination and making them pay a toll on every catch. Manning was never comfortable and that d was impressive.

  35. unitasftw says: Feb 2, 2014 11:54 PM

    Eli manning should give Peyton some head.

  36. shortfatbald1 says: Feb 2, 2014 11:56 PM

    I can’t remember a more dominate defense in SB history than the Seahawks by holding Peyton (MVP POTY) and his receivers (#1 rated passing offense) to 8 points in the biggest game of their careers.

    And the Seahawks are tied as the youngest team to play and win the SB. Unbelievable.

    Seahawks’ defense should go down as the best defense to ever play in the SB.

    And to top it off, RW3 has the most wins in the first two years of any QB.

    GO HAWKS!!

  37. yourmomcalled says: Feb 2, 2014 11:57 PM

    Ex- Hokie!! VA loves you Kam!

  38. dfwhawkguy says: Feb 2, 2014 11:57 PM

    I kept saying they weren’t prepared for this level of defensive intensity. The JV division (AFC) just doesn’t have the defensive power.

  39. ratsfoiledagain says: Feb 3, 2014 12:21 AM

    As a Seahawk fan that went to the third home game in 1976, thank you Seahawks.

    This is really surreal!

  40. staffordsyear says: Feb 3, 2014 12:27 AM

    Meh, it was the bad snap that set the tone.

  41. montym232 says: Feb 3, 2014 12:39 AM

    So that’s why they are called the ” Legion of Boom”!
    The hits, the speed….simply amazing. If you have watched the Broncos this year they have run those bubble screens with impunity. Not tonight. Even when guys looked like they had a chance to do something the Seahawks came screaming in. Very impressive.

  42. kolbydoerge says: Feb 3, 2014 12:44 AM

    Kaepernick says that if payton would have not lost that opening snap the 49ers would be super bowl champs!

    San Fran…..1 to nothing in real modern day life!


  43. belgaron says: Feb 3, 2014 12:51 AM

    Exoneration for John Schneider who many said overpaid to resign Chancellor.

  44. bigguy54 says: Feb 3, 2014 12:59 AM

    I would say ask Vernon Davis about running routes in front of Kam, but he does not remember them.

  45. defscottyb says: Feb 3, 2014 1:09 AM

    Virginia Tech churns out some real good secondary players.

  46. xofootballer says: Feb 3, 2014 1:29 AM

    Uh, no? The tone was set when the Broncos blinked and began the game with a safety and kicking the ball right back to Seattle.
    By the time Chancellor made his hit the tone of the game was already set.
    his hit helped, but it wasn’t a game setting tone.
    In fact, this is why it was so hard to pick an MVP on Seattles team for this game.
    The true MVP for Seattle was Manning imploding with three practically unforced turnovers.

  47. rjkilla says: Feb 3, 2014 1:44 AM

    proof there is no god. the cheaters won

  48. NJ49er says: Feb 3, 2014 1:55 AM

    Say hello to the NFC West.
    Come, get some.

  49. taosravenfan says: Feb 3, 2014 2:09 AM

    A 6’3″ safety who can run, is almost not fair. That was one GREAT defensive effort. And I am an AFCN fan a division that prides itself on top notch D. Congrats again

  50. blackrosemd1 says: Feb 3, 2014 2:21 AM

    I thought Chancellor should have gotten MVP. He seemed to lead that defense.

  51. ampatsisahypocrite says: Feb 3, 2014 2:42 AM

    What’s sad is that so many Seattle fans are still crying about losing (legitimately) to the Steelers in ’06, and claiming this Bowl is somehow some kind of “vindication.”

  52. logicalcomment says: Feb 3, 2014 3:01 AM

    that defense is insane !

    not a seahawks fan, but indeed gotta give credit where credit is due

  53. apkyletexas says: Feb 3, 2014 3:19 AM

    One big game and they are the “greatest ever”? I think not.

    I think the 85 Bears and 2000 Ravens would have something to say about that. Call me when they shut out 5 teams in a season, and hold 9 teams to 6 points or less in a season like the ’76 Steel Curtain.

  54. hawksforever says: Feb 3, 2014 5:10 AM

    And all the Bronco fans thought Manning was going to torch the Hawks. LOL!

    Now you got to see what a real defense is like! It’s not some KC BS.

  55. dynastyposeiden says: Feb 3, 2014 6:09 AM

    he should have been the MVP although the smith kid played quite well .

  56. sundaybutter says: Feb 3, 2014 6:22 AM

    pain …. LOB!

  57. rukkus1 says: Feb 3, 2014 6:48 AM

    Kambo went hard. Hes a big part of our team.

  58. urfinished says: Feb 3, 2014 7:09 AM

    From that hit on, there were no doubts on how real LOB was to the non believers.

  59. marylandchief says: Feb 3, 2014 7:09 AM

    And they did it without violating the rules and trying to end somebody’s career/life. Great defense the way it should be to sustain our great game.

  60. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 3, 2014 8:02 AM

    I couldn’t agree with this post more. I said the same thing when the hit happened, that Seattle obviously was going to bring everything they had. And honestly, from that point forward, I wasn’t worried that the Broncos would win, at all.

    I’ve been pondering the legacy of… the defense…. for a while. What else can you say about a defense that kept the highest scoring offense in NFL history to 8 points on the biggest stage possible?

  61. usdcoyotesfan says: Feb 3, 2014 8:31 AM

    The NFL still owes us Packers fans some bad calls against the Seahawks after the Fail Mary.

    ESPN reporter: Did you push off?
    Golden Tate: I don’t know what you’re talking about.

    Go steal some donuts, Golden.

  62. reed20fence says: Feb 3, 2014 8:32 AM

    Defense wins championships!

    No amount of dinking and dunking and rule changing to satisfy fantasy footballers will alter that fact.

  63. takingbacksundays5 says: Feb 3, 2014 8:38 AM

    I think the botched snap on the first play of the game set the tone far more so. The Seahawks played well, but the Broncos truly bungled the game away right from the start.

    Bad snaps, poor communication, penalties, turnovers, and horrific tackling were the theme of the night for the Broncos. What a truly awful performance on the world’s biggest stage.

  64. seatownballers says: Feb 3, 2014 8:41 AM

    We rule

  65. xxsweepthelegxx says: Feb 3, 2014 8:53 AM

    Chancellor played like a boss all game. He was the difference maker for me on defense for the Hawks. I remember him peeling off an underneath route to jump a crossing route by Welker in which he broke up the pass. The way he moves for a big guy is impressive.

    Utter domination.

    As a disappointed Pats fan with how our season ended…I take some solice in this loss knowing the broncos got throttled. Hopefully this puts to rest any Peyton ahead of Brady talk. Numbers dont lie now.

    Fun Fact: Broncos only team to ever lose 5 SBs.

  66. deathonwings410 says: Feb 3, 2014 9:03 AM

    Goodell is probably pissed that defense can still win championships in his arena leagque-esque NFL

  67. gunnybunny31 says: Feb 3, 2014 9:25 AM


    Fun fact: Patriots are only team to cheat their way to 3 SB wins.

    Peyton Manning > Tom Baby.

    And now back to that wonderful Defense crushing another dink n dunk offense…

  68. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 3, 2014 9:38 AM

    And the Manny Ramirez snapping the ball without hearing a snap count set the tone for Denver.

    Brutal performance — the Donks served as the epicenter of Meltdown Central.

  69. ravenswhat says: Feb 3, 2014 9:43 AM

    He was the MVP not Smith.

  70. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Feb 3, 2014 9:47 AM

    xxsweepthelegxx says:

    Fun Fact: Mark Sanchez has the same number of playoff wins as Tom Brady over the past 6 seasons! He also has a a winning record, Tommy-boy doesn’t!

  71. sandersmarcus10 says: Feb 3, 2014 11:00 AM

    rjkilla says:
    Feb 3, 2014 1:44 AM
    proof there is no god. the cheaters won

    ^^^^Ur a fool if theres no god, that beat down had nothing to do with god! Get your mind right!

  72. bert1913 says: Feb 4, 2014 10:45 PM

    thomas tried playing off the hit by jumping up and walking the ball between his legs

  73. defscottyb says: Feb 5, 2014 7:04 PM

    Cam reminds me of Sean Taylor… big physical dude and a hard hitter.

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