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Richard Sherman thinks 49ers were better than Broncos.

The Seattle Seahawks laid a Super Bowl beat-down on the Denver Broncos this past Sunday, dominating in all aspects of the game in their 43-8 romping.

The Seattle Seahawks looked unstoppable as they shut-down Peyton Manning and his historic offense. Super Bowl 48 is being dubbed a disappointment as the Broncos basically didn’t show up to play. It took the Broncos all of 12 seconds to botch a snap and give up a safety, while setting the tone for the rest of their night. The Seahawks held the NFL’s best offense to zero points at halftime and only allowed one offensive score the entire night.

After Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin returned the second half kick off for a touchdown to put Seattle up 29-0, this game was over and Super Bowl 48 would provide few memorable moments. Don’t get me wrong, the Seahawks defensive domination was impressive and exciting to watch, however, it would have been much more entertaining if Denver put up some sort of a fight.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman seems to agree.

After celebrating their laughable victory over the Broncos in Super Bowl 48, Sherman took time to reflect on Seattle’s run to the championship and he thinks their NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers was the real Super Bowl.

“The NFC Championship was the Super Bowl,” Sherman told TheMMQB.com’s Robert Klemko in the wee hours of Monday. “The 49ers were the second-best team in the NFL.”

Sherman has a valid point.

The NFC title game played out similar to a 12-round heavyweight-boxing match, where both the 49ers and Seahawks went punch for punch (in some cases literally) for the opportunity to compete in Super Bowl 48. The Seahawks were able to narrowly escape defeat in a  battle with the 49ers, benefiting from their infamous 12th man, on route to winning 23-17. Despite his late turnover, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick elegantly picked apart the Seahawks defense passing for 153 yards with one touchdown to go along with 130 yards rushing on 11 carries. While the Seahawks proved to be the better team in the NFC title game, the 49ers proved to be their best opponent.

Super Bowl 48 will not be remembered as the best game of the 2013 NFL playoffs but it may be remembered as the birth of a dynasty. The Seahawks are one of the youngest teams in the NFL and with their core of players and coach committed to winning multiple championships, the Seattle Seahawks may just be getting started.

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