By Ray Hamill
1 – When the Broncos and the rest of the AFC West lose Super Bowls, they do it in style.
Dating back to 1986, in fact, eight Super Bowls have been blowouts of 19 points or more, and six of them have involved losing teams from the AFC West.
The Broncos lead the way with four blowout defeats in that time (86, 87, 89, 13), followed by the Chargers (94) and the Raiders (02).
To make matters worse for the poor Broncos, they have now suffered two of the three most lopsided loses in Super Bowl history (Sunday’s 35-point loss and a 45-point drubbing at the hands of the 49ers in 1989).
2 – The Seahawks became the 19th different franchise to win a Super Bowl, and the fifth to achieve its maiden success within the past 14 years, joining the Ravens (2000), Patriots (2001), Buccaneers (2002) and Saints (2010).
3 – The Seahawks covered the spread by a mere 37.5 points. I guess betting trends were a little off the mark.
4 – Is the NFC really that much better than the AFC right now? It’s difficult to argue the fact.
5 – Surprise, surprise, the Seahawks are the early favorites to win next year’s Super Bowl at 9/2, with the 49ers second favorites at 15/2.
Despite their big loss on Sunday, the Broncos are still fancied to be right back in the mix next season, coming in as third favorites at 8/1, with the Patriots (14/1) and Packers (16/1) rounding out the top five.
The biggest surprise is the Falcons, who come in seventh favorites at 25/1 despite a hugely disappointing 2013.
6 – Before anyone writes off Peyton Manning just yet, remember he is coming off a record season that saw him throw for 55 TDs and 5,477 yards.
7 – The 12th man made a difference on Sunday.
Played in front of a neutral crowd packed with “corporate” fans, the Super Bowl traditionally is not a very loud game. Seattle fans, however, bucked that trend on Sunday with many players suggesting the atmosphere was louder than they expected, which in turn led to the miscue on the opening snap, which in turn set the tone for the entire game.
8 – The Broncos lost because the Seattle defense did something few teams have managed against the Broncs this season – they got pressure on Manning.
9 – With the loss, the Broncos now stand alone with five Super Bowl losses, one more than the Bills, Patriots and Vikings. Unlike the Bills and Vikings, however, the Broncos have two Super Bowl titles.
10 – The Broncos’ five Super Bowls losses have come by an average of 29.6 points.
Wow! With that in mind, I’m not sure I want to see Peyton Manning and the Broncos back there next year.