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Balance prevails during the Super Bowl

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By Matt Rittenhouse
On February 10, 2014


Balance, as defined by Webster's dictionary, is a state of equilibrium, mental steadiness or emotional stability. Philosophically, balance is a great way to fulfill one's life. It's also needed to win the Super Bowl.

In terms of opponent versus opponent, the Super Bowl was far from balanced. The Seattle Seahawks however had nearly a perfect balance.

There was a lot of hype about the Broncos' five fabulous receivers: Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, Eric Decker and Trindon Holiday. They all accumulated small chunks of yards.  

Richard Sherman and the rest of Seattle's defense played lights-out, holding Peyton Manning to 280 passing yards from 49 attempts and forced two interceptions by having the defensive line being in Manning's face the entire game.  

The Broncos' offense suffered their share of other miscues that helped keep Manning sidelined and Seattle's momentum fueled.  With Knowshon Moreno being held to 17 yards in five carries with a 3.4 average, Seattle's defense did everything right. The Broncos failed to convert on third down until the second quarter.  

The Broncos defense allowed 7 out of 12 third down conversions.  Russell Wilson was very efficient with a quarterback rating of 88.1 and completing 18 out of 25 passes to gain 206 yards and rushed three times for 26 yards.  Wilson went seven out of eight on third down with six first downs for 82 yards.  

At first Denver's defense contained Seattle's running game, but Marshawn Lynch had a strong second half gaining 39 tough yards.  He only averaged 2.6 yards per carry but a few rushes went for more than 10 yards in the second half and they were gained by running people over.  Lynch's touchdown carry was up the middle for one yard on second down.  

On special teams, Seattle made sure everyone was accounted for during returns.  

To open the second half Seattle's kick return team handled their business providing Percy Harvin with an 87 yard kick return for a touchdown.  

 Winning the super bowl for Seattle looked easier done then said. In all aspects of the game, Seattle had great balance.

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