The Broncos 43-8 loss to the Seahawks surprised many fans, myself included. Denver played their WORST game of the season, while Seattle played one of their best. To be honest, losing this game wasn't all that surprising. The only reason fans didn't see it coming was Peyton Manning. As he has done for so many years he has masked the weaknesses of his teams, and when they truly do come against a greater opponent and lose, the blame goes directly to him, which simply isn't fair. Before the season Denver lost Center Dan Koppen to injury, and then Pro Bowl left tackle Ryan Clady went down at the start of the season. In my mind Clady was the biggest loss of the year. Without him Denver had no dominant player on the offensive line except for Louis Vasquez, and the entire offensive line was shifted with Chris Clark having to come in for Clady. Throughout the year Manning was able to aid his makeshift line by his quick decision making and release of the football. However this line was completely dominated by Seattle's front seven on every down, and Manning couldn't release the ball fast enough because of the smothering coverage. Everyone watching the Super Bowl saw the end result--interceptions, fumbles, and hurries. That domination ended the game before it started. All the fans knew Denver had to win on the offensive side of the ball to have a chance at this game and it simply didn't happen. This team has been reliant on solid production from the running game all year to make teams pick their poison. If you give a light box Denver ran, and if the box was stacked Denver passed. Denver had a TOTAL of 27 yards on the ground in 14 attempts. It made Denver one dimensional and allowed Settle to keep their "Nascar" package on the field for most of the game. Manning was harassed every play, and our receivers simply were SOFT. For how big the receiving core is, it is unacceptable for them to beat by press coverage, but it had happened all year. Any sort of contact and they would complain for the flag instead of being tough and fighting through it, and they have the size advantage against anyone they play. Early on in the Superbowl the defense actually played well. They held Seattle to field goals twice and held the game close while the offense was getting in rhythm, but they never did. It all collapsed from there. This defense had played well throughout the playoffs, and coupled with the offensive production it was good enough. However we all understood this defense was never going to win the game, and thats where all the injuries on that side of the ball came into play. Denver lost key starters in Von Miller, Rahim Moore, Chris Harris, Kevin Vickerson, and Derek Wolfe. Which took what I consider a top 5 defense and made them merely mediocre. There was no playmaker on that side of the ball anymore, and coupled with the at best medicore play of Champ Bailey and Mike Adams made this defense vulnerable, and the Seahawks exploited it. Even through all the awful play and bad luck of the first half the Broncos still had a chance to get back in the game if they could make a stop to start the 3rd quarter, and then Denver got the trifecta of bad play from the three phases of the game. John Fox made an awful decision to pooch kick it with Matt Praters booming leg and the players didn't keep their lane integrity and boom! Touchdown. The game was over and the hope of the Broncos winning the game went with it. Even though Denver from top to bottom was the inferior team they still had a good chance going in to the game, but with John Fox at the helm that chance was smashed to pieces. It started with the poor decision to turn of the noise simulator during practice the week before, and it showed in the game. Denver simply wasn't able to play through it. It is also the head coach's job to get the players loose and confident going into the game, and everyone could see how tight they were from the first play of the game. This was the worst performance by everyone in the organization all year, and Denver was unlucky that it happened to be Super Bowl sunday. However I'm looking forward to next season, and barring any set backs all the injury casualties should be back on the field and making a difference. Add on good free agent pick ups and a successful draft, and there's no reason this team shouldn't be even better than this year.