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See what local and national media are saying following the Seattle Seahawks victory in Super Bowl XLVIII:


Boom! | Sports Illustrated, MMBQ

Think of what an incredible defensive performance this was. In the 94-year history of the NFL, Denver s 606 points this season were the most ever. But on a night when weather was borderline balmy for New Jersey in February, the conditions were no excuse. And all Manning could do was manage some garbage yards late when half of America had turned the game off. - Peter King


Seahawks ready for title defense | ESPN

Carroll said general manager John Schneider has positioned the Seahawks to be able to avoid the problems that can make it hard to repeat as NFL champions. Since Denver repeated in the 1999 game, only one team has won two Super Bowls in a row, the New England Patriots in 2004 and 2005. - ESPN Wire Services


Pete Carroll found himself, and then found his ultimate redemption | Sports Illustrated

When he came back to the NFL, Carroll had it all together, even if he was the only one who truly understood what that really meant. And two decades after he was run out the Jets organization (in favor of Rich Kotite, of all people), Carroll came back to the Meadowlands with an ass-kicking team on full blast in all ways and at all times. - Doug Farrar


After doing it their way, Seahawks savor the moment | NY Times

Many players credited Schneider and, especially, Carroll, for taking a chance on them and believing in their abilities when so many others did not. A recent poll asked N.F.L. players which coach they would most like to have. It was Carroll, seemingly wired for the current generation amid a fraternity of old-school coaches. - John Branch


Russell Wilson: 'Nobody here thinks we're done' | NFL.com

Russell was vintage Wilson, throwing strikes over the middle, dropping dimes with touch and creating time with his feet to convert first downs. He led an efficient offense, going 6 of 9 through the air on third downs during the Super Bowl beat down. - Kevin Patra


Seattle Seahawks' dominant defense: A frightening 'new normal' | NFL.com

In winning their first championship, the Seahawks showed that many fans and analysts -- and perhaps even the Broncos -- had been considering this matchup from a faulty premise: It wasn't about how Seattle's top-ranked defense would hold up against Denver's record-setting offense; rather, it was whether Manning and the Broncos could avoid being swallowed up by a relentlessly hellacious team at the height of its powers. - Michael Silver


Future blindingly bright for Russell Wilson | ESPN

There's no one in the NFL you'd rather be right now than Russell Wilson. He knows for a fact he can win the Super Bowl and has a team around him that's deep and solid enough to be a clear-cut Super Bowl favorite going into 2014. But what should frighten the rest of the teams in the NFL is Wilson knows the breadth of his opportunity and feels a responsibility to work hard enough to cash it in. - Dan Graziano


Percy Harvin is worth every dollar | ESPN

Until he devastated the Broncos on Sunday night, it seemed as if Harvin wouldn't be nearly worth the six-year, $67 million and three draft picks Seattle gave up to acquire him in a trade in March.

Now we know differently. It didn't matter so much that Harvin missed the bulk of this season. He was there when his teammates needed him most, and he left the impression that plenty more great moments lie ahead in his Seahawks career. - Jeffri Chadiha


Seattle's Best | Grantland

In typical Seahawks fashion, they beat Denver up. They exerted their will upon the Broncos in each and every facet of the game. They took control of the game from literally the opening snap from scrimmage and never let go. - Bill Barnwell


Richard Sherman refuses to go quietly into the night | Sports Illustrated, MMQB

Sherman might be trouble, but not the kind of trouble they were talking about. He s trouble for elite quarterbacks. Trouble for PR guys. Trouble for those who prefer athletes to always be gracious and obedient. - Robert Klemko


Super Bowl XLIX odds: Seahawks open as favorites to win 2014 title | Sports Illustrated, Audibles

It s never too early to look ahead to next season.

Hours after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, oddsmakers deemed Seattle the favorite to win the 2014 title. - Ben Eagle


Seattle Seahawks build fine legacy at Peyton Manning's expense | NFL.com

The NFL is a passing league. The rules are made for the offense. Factor it all in. The Seahawks' defense has been nothing short of incredible all year. The unit deserves to be cherished and recognized after a mind-bending performance. - Adam Schein


Pete Carroll gets win, then readies for next challenge | News Tribune

Nothing could better reflect the goal of finding players with that molten nugget of competitiveness at their core.

By stressing that every game, every play, every snap in practice is a chance to compete, the notion of expecting excellence is spliced onto their DNA. - Dave Boling


Pete Carroll makes a statement with Super Bowl victory | Seattle Times

What the Seahawks did to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII was ridiculous. It was superhuman, a 43-8 thrashing in what was supposed to be a showdown of Denver s No. 1 offense and Seattle s No. 1 defense. Sunday s performance verified that Carroll is onto something historic at his third NFL stop. - Jerry Brewer


Monday Observations: Smith as SB MVP? OK, but Wilson better | CBS Sports

But for Wilson -- in only his second season -- facing Peyton Manning and playing a position which touches the ball every snap and playing that well; to have been nearly perfect on third down and executing an expert game plane that kept so many teammates involved, well, it was pretty special. - Jason La Canfora


Pete Carroll: We 'will be surprised if we didn't' repeat as champs | CBS Sports

And while many of us were surprised that the Seahawks played so well against one of the best offenses in NFL history, Carroll and his team have been preparing for a moment like this.

'We developed a mentality from the first day where we started talking about getting ready for these kind of moments, Carroll said. This is exactly what we envisioned. We'd have deserved it, we'd have earned it...' - Josh Katzowitz

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