Posted February 05, 2014

Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks appear on cover of Sports Illustrated

NFC West, Seattle Seahawks, Sports Illustrated Cover
Seattle Seahawks appear on cover of Sports Illustrated after Super Bowl XLVIII

(Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

After dropping the boom on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, Seattle Seahawks defenders Michael Bennett and Brandon Mebane appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated to commemorate Seattle’s first NFL title.

“This was Seattle’s first championship since they joined the league as an expansion franchise in 1976,” writes senior writer S.L. Price in this week’s cover story. “Before their run to the Super Bowl in 2006 [an XL loss to the Steelers], they had gone a record 21 years without a playoff win, and until this season always seemed a step behind their rivals in San Francisco. But the unique identity created in 2010 by owner Paul Allen, GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll — brainy, upbeat and tough – proved perfect for transforming unheralded talent into a smart and singularly fierce outfit.”

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That outfit limited one of the greatest offenses of all time to just eight points and 306 yards, flustering Manning all day.

“Pressed by Seattle’s relentless frontline, Manning never lost the harried, confused look of those first moments [when the Broncos gave up a safety]; the game once expected to be a career topper soon became a potential legacy mangler,” Price writes. “The outcome was hardly a shock for the 82,529 folks bellowing in the relative, yes, warmth of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., but the margin and manner surely were.”

41 comments
WCoastPro
WCoastPro

This cover is reminiscient of the one after Rams-Pats with McGinest hitting Warner.

volume12
volume12

"This weeks cover of Sports Illustrated magazine is disrespectful and disgusting. Everyone knows that most of the country was biased towards Peyton Manning and the Broncos but they lost, remember? The Seattle Seahawks won 43 - 8 and yet no photo of quarterback Russell Wilson holding the Lombardi Trophy or of MVP Malcolm Smith or of coach Pete Carroll or even of the Seahawks team celebrating? Instead, we get a photo of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning on the cover? Shame on you Sports Illustrated!!! Your bias is nauseating. Just plain shame on you!!!!!"

CarolCowan
CarolCowan

No doubt there will be millions of people NOT buying this issue, even the Broncos fans because they don't want to be reminded of what could have been.   Really bad call by SI and maybe if enough of them remain on the shelves, it will send them a strong enough message.  

StevenSamuel
StevenSamuel

Despite losing The Superbowl, Peyton Manning makes the cover of Sports Illustrated, not Russell WilsonAthletes live for that moment of winning the championship and seeing themselves or their team on the cover.


Why should the Denver Broncos grace the cover of SI in any capacity?


SI ruined this moment for The Seattle Seahawks.


I guess Black quarterbacks don't sell magazines.

Frotoon
Frotoon

This is horsesh!t: "...until this season always seemed a step behind their rivals in San Francisco"

The Seahawks and the 49ers didn't become rivals until realignment in 2002, when Seattle was added to the NFC West. Since then, Seattle has more division titles, playoff appearances, etc. than the 49ers. It's the 49ers who have been a step behind.

Kevin11
Kevin11

Gee, just who else would've been on it?

VickieBligh
VickieBligh

I agree that there are more orange shirts in the picture, but our 2 white shirts are handling them juuuust fiiiine!

CarolCowan
CarolCowan

So David are you saying that next year's Super Bowl will be Seattle/49ers?  Way too soon to predict, but lots of people picked Seattle and Denver at the beginning of the season.  Guess we will have to wait until

the rosters are set, but I would never bet against the Seahawks for the foreseeable future.    

davidhd
davidhd

Seattle won because the Broncos depended way too much on Peyton to carry them. In a "quarterback driven league", as everyone calls it, the Seahawks only ask Russell Wilson to play his part, only taking over the game in rare circumstances. They are a complete team, with great players at every position group, especially on defense and special teams, and with an emphasis on the run that sets the table for the pass. They were just bigger, stronger, and much faster than Denver, and it didn't matter who was at QB, because they were able to dominate the Denver offensive line and cover its WRs and TEs. Seattle also hits hard, and Denver doesn't normally get hit very hard playing soft defenses like the Patriots and Chargers play. You could see the shock on the Denver sideline, with players who hadn't faced Seattle, San Fran, St Louis, or other hard hitting defenses, all of whom could pressure Manning if necessary. 


Seattle is the only team that could cover all of Denver's receiving threats, so I think Peyton could have beaten ANY other NFL team. SF would give Denver a contest, but SF's secondary and LBs can't cover even half as well as the legion of boom, as proven by Joe Flacco's shredding of their defense last super bowl. Peyton Manning doesn't deserve the blame for this loss, his team does, and Denver is still a good enough team to beat 30 other teams. Seattle is just the one team that can beat up on them.

CarolCowan
CarolCowan

I tried to tell this publication that the new breed of quarterbacks would not be 'pocket passers'.  Stellar stats didn't win last year for the Broncos either.  Nobody wants to talk about the worst Super Bowl stats in NFL history.  First time score in 12 seconds result of first snap.  First time score at beginning of half, also 12 seconds.  Possibly first time a backup QB finished the game just for fun (not result of injury to starter).

wearing #7 must have stinged too :)  Local news here in Denver:  Broncos will need to build their team to

defend against Kaepernick, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson.  No mention of Brady, Brees, or Rogers.  duh

What do the new guys all bring?  Mobility, just like Tebow did.   Elway supposedly now has a new record as GM, most games won after taking the helm.  Who gave him his fair share of those wins?  Tebow.  Who

brought the Broncos out of a 5 season slump to the playoffs?  Tebow.   Who has the record of winning the first playoff game in OT on the first play?   Tebow.   Who was first in the entire NFL that year in the red zone?   Tebow.  Who had the team record for rushing as a QB?   Tebow.  You guys starting to get the picture now?

Report some FACTS why don't you?  The Broncos can drool all over their stats, go for it, how's that working for you now?  Pete Carroll knows how to build a team.   He supports the 'unconventional' QB that was overlooked by the Broncos for the tall guy Osweiler who was put in to block the FG that won that game for the Pats.


Redemption is coming for you Tim, you were just way ahead of the game!   And congrats to TMobile for

spending the money on you to remind some naysayers that you did bring something to the game!

It was so much fun rubbing the NFL's nose in it, wasn't it?  


GO HAWKS!!   

fabio.fantone
fabio.fantone

If you read the fine print on the cover it states that in 51 defensive snaps, Seattle only blitzed 6 times. That puts an even more amazing stamp on their domination. 

SouthWestYankee
SouthWestYankee

Hummm...... I see 2 seahawks and 4 broncos.  I would say the broncos made the cover..... 

Hawkfreak
Hawkfreak

Man, I am still pinching myself!  It was simply unreal what the 'Hawks did on Sunday night.  This whole region is still feeling it!  700K-1M showing up for today's parade?  Insane season.


I'm not predicting a repeat next year or a dynasty in the making...just savoring the moments the 12th Man is enjoying now.  Nothing is guaranteed next season or those afterwards, even if this team has a phenomenal young nucleus.


Go 'Hawks. 

Fifilo
Fifilo

When's the game?

Rodney_Littlejohn
Rodney_Littlejohn

Did anybody else notice that the commentators seemed to be pulling for Manning?


I mean, I can understand if they were pulling fro a competitive game, but that wasn't impression I got.

riley8
riley8

"It's just the start."  Yeah, just like every SB Champ the day after.

Rodney_Littlejohn
Rodney_Littlejohn

Just like in 1988, it was combination of the pre-SB,  SI cover of the Anointed-One Denver QB in the orange jersey, with under-rated black QB, that jinxed Denver, again!

And, just like 1n 1988, SI attempts to cover its (WRONG) bet with a, consolation,  post-SB cover featuring the SB victors!


Ok! That and the Seattle BALLHAWKS defense!

mr.burtonwolff
mr.burtonwolff

C'mon SI couldn't even put a Hawk on the cover when they won the Super Bowl ... the focal point ain't Manning, it's Hawk dominance ... put the boom on the cover with the LOB in the forefront.

badbeatya
badbeatya

Best looking SI cover that I have ever seen...that didn't have a bikini on it.


GO HAWKS!!!

CarolCowan
CarolCowan

@WCoastPro  Your are obviously representing SI, so good luck on selling these.   Maybe a couple people will be intrigued by your cover.

read.jk
read.jk

@volume12  I get where you're coming from, Vol. But, this pic tells the story of this contest and how our defense is so powerful that it overshadowed a rocking good offensive effort. Besides, I'm sure Wilson is okay with not being the featured image on the cover. I love the look on Manning's face, though : )

WCoastPro
WCoastPro

@volume12  Why would Wilson be on the cover?  Why would Carroll? 

The story was holding Denver (highest scoring team ever ) to 8 points!  Bennett's play was right up there with the most significant of the game!  Pressuring the QB was huge. 

This photo captures the game perfectly. We don't the cheesy Lombardi trophy shot. Come on.

Rodney_Littlejohn
Rodney_Littlejohn

@StevenSamuel  

as i said below, they did the same to doug williams in '88 with the placing of elway on the cover the week before the game. though they did give williams the consolation, post-game, cover, some, myself included, would suggest that the bigger story before the game was the precedent that doug williams was setting.


but, SI mines the bell curve for all it's worth. got'ta pander to the 68%, baby. and, the 68% is white!

that's business in america!

CarolCowan
CarolCowan

@StevenSamuel  There are plenty of good pictures of the winning team.  I totally agree with you!  It's not a race issue with me, just a magazine that couldn't swallow that their team lost.

I really don't think it's race....let's not go there. I could have been Aaron Rodgers and they probably would have done the same thing, OK?

read.jk
read.jk

@CarolCowan  I was one of those people who knew it would be the Seahawks and the Broncos in the SB. I would have considered a Seattle/SF Superbowl, but that's impossible because they're both in the same league. One has to be NFC and one has to be AFC. 

davidhd
davidhd

@CarolCowan  Some good points, except Tebow sucks and mobility doesn't mean anything if you can't make good decisions and throw an accurate pass. I get sick of people putting Wilson in the same category with Kaepernick. Kaepernick isn't in the same league with Wilson in actual quarterbacking. He's a running back with a rocket arm who only looks at one WR before taking off. Wilson is a pocket passer with wheels, like Steve Young, who doesn't need to run to win. Andrew Luck, who is better than both of them right now, is almost as fast and still does it with his arm. It's also quite ignorant to suggest that Brees, Manning, Brady, or especially Rodgers are part of an extinct breed. The reason the Broncos lost is a lack of athleticism and talent at O Line, special teams, and on defense, plus a strategy that ignored balance in favor of playing right into Seattle's strength, which is pass defense. The Broncos were arrogant enough to roll out the same strategy they used to beat AFC teams too, which proved they had no idea how good their opponent was.

CarolCowan
CarolCowan

@Hawkfreak  I'll predict it for you!  They will win back to back.   That's coming from an

ex-Bronco cheerleader who was on the field during half time during the era of Frank Tripucka!  Take it to the bank.  

VickieBligh
VickieBligh

@Rodney_Littlejohn  Oh yeah, my husband & I noticed. And loved every crow eating word they uttered. Happy our team of misfits and pedestrian receivers could show what is possible when you put team over the individual, the wins over the awards. Go Hawks!

kenc29
kenc29

@riley8  You're probably right, but unlike most SB champs who've mortgaged the future, the Seahawks actually look pretty good when you look at their salary cap issues. They don't have a QB hogging $20M, at least for a couple more years, and even then, I'm not sure Wilson will be that expensive.

pk_sea
pk_sea

@mr.burtonwolff  I think it's a pretty good cover. Look at Manning's face. He and his receivers were wincing like that all night. 

anarchist
anarchist

@mr.burtonwolff I dunno... In that pic I see four Donkeys being brutalized by two Hawks.  I'm fairly entertained!  :-)

read.jk
read.jk

@CarolCowan @WCoastPro  Why wouldn't we be? That's a good cover and it tells the story of why the Seahawks knew from preseason that they were going to annihilate the Broncos - after having done so, already, in preseason, btw.  

CarolCowan
CarolCowan

@WCoastPro @volume12  Cheezy if you are a Broncos fan maybe!  How about a shot of the MVP in the end zone then?  What would be 'cheezy' about that?


WCoastPro
WCoastPro

@davidhd @CarolCowan  Kaepernick not in the same league as Russell? You must be high as a kite.   Care to poll the GMs on that Mr Smart Guy?  Go ahead break the bank for that kid with the perm. We'll see how good that offense when Lynch breaks down.  

CarolCowan
CarolCowan

@davidhd @CarolCowan  Do I need to remind you that Brady, Brees, Rogers were spectators at the Super Bowl?  Seems to me Luck was too!  Why do men always have to be condescending and call women ignorant?  Pretty rude!



CarolCowan
CarolCowan

@kenc29 @riley8  Wilson has one more year on his current contract and has been

quoted as saying he won't be asking for a raise anyway.  He understands that when the team has the money to bring more talent, they ALL win, something that some

GM's don't seem to get but I won't mention the name Elway.

CarolCowan
CarolCowan

@read.jk @CarolCowan @WCoastPro    OK, you have convinced me.

The game was over after the first snap, and yes, the defense was awesome.  So maybe Manning, as great as he is, just isn't Super Bowl material any more and could become Head Coach somewhere and enjoy the game for many more years to come.  His stats are above and beyond and he will always be remember as one of the greats anyway.

dancingkokapelli
dancingkokapelli

@WCoastPro @davidhd@CarolCowan

WCoastPro, you must be kidding me if you think Seattle would rather have Kaepernick than Russell Wilson!   Care to poll GM's?  LOL  That's the dumbest thing I've read this week!  Care to poll GM's that know how to get to the Super Bowl?  Over half the GM's don't have a clue, and anyone who has watched these two would say Wilson is a leader that can get his team to the Championship and win!  People try to knock on Wilson by calling him a game manager, but they won't put that tag on Kaepernick! I'd rather have someone that knows how to manage a game than someone who can't even manage to get in the end zone when the game really matters!  He can't even find his way out of the pocket without running for his life!  Kaepernick is only consistent in his reluctance to use his Wide Receivers and pass options.  Hell, any 49ers fan who watched them lose in the Super Bowl and then lose to Seattle in the Championship will tell you the same thing.  He, can't win the big game, uses his feet because he has no confidence in his own ability or his own receivers!  He is not in the same league as Wilson and unless he matures and learns a few things about ball distribution he will never get close to a Super Bowl trophy!  49ers insiders are not even confident he's worth big money!  He lacks the maturity that is needed to be a successful QB in the NFL.  Now you want to compare that with Wilson?  Wilson has done much, much more in less time.  I'm a Seahawks fan, but I would love to see a rivalry between young QB's.  But, I don't think Kaepernick is going to give Seattle much of a rivalry in the future.  Check out below to read what San Francisco's own paper has to say about him.  As for your comment about Lynch breaking down, that's just stupid!  The Seahawks would have destroyed Denver without Lynch.  No team is the same after losing their top RB, but San Francisco should be more worried about that than Seattle at this point in time.  Here is a good story.  You can read all about how great Kaepernick is!    http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/49ers-should-wait-before-extending-colin-kaepernicks-contract/Content?oid=2695681