2. Pete Carroll, this is your Bar Mitzvah: He was fired from two NFL jobs (New York Jets and New England). He spent a year out of coaching before evolving into one of the game's premier college head coaches at USC. But until this season, and maybe this game, complete respect had probably eluded him at the NFL level. Not anymore. Carroll and his staff thoroughly outcoached Denver's John Fox and his assistants. Seattle's defense was prepared for everything the Broncos tried to throw at it. Equally important, the younger Seahawks weren't overwhelmed from being on the Super Bowl stage. They backed up all that smack talk that had so irritated their opponents (and their opponents' fans). That kind of mental and physical toughness is a clear reflection of the head coach.
3. Defense wins again: We've heard before how offense wins games but defense wins championships. In this ever-changing league of spread offenses and hands-off rules that limit the effectiveness of defenses, it was nice to see a team emerge victorious, largely because it knew how to tackle and smack the opponent in the mouth. Seattle's "Legion of Boom" secondary was tremendous, led by safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. The Seahawks were pitching a shutout until Manning's touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas as the third quarter ended, after Seattle already had a 36-0 lead.