So I was wrong about the Seahawks

TEMPE, Ariz. -- I sat inside CenturyLink Field on Dec. 22 and watched the Arizona Cardinals slow the stampede.

They made the Seattle Seahawks look mortal, made Marshawn Lynch seem average and showed that a second-year receiver out of Notre Dame can take the Boom out of the LOB.

That's why I thought Seattle would lose. Because if the Cardinals could do it, certainly Peyton Manning at the Denver Broncos would in the Super Bowl. Having gone to school in Indiana and worked in the state, I saw my fair share of Manning. I've seen the short, choppy run numerous times. The theatrics at the line of scrimmage on replay. And, anyway, Manning winning the Lombardi Trophy was the story book ending.

I predicted it as such, having the Broncos as 27-24 winners.

“Unless it's a blizzard, Peyton Manning will be able to conduct the Broncos' offense as he wishes, picking apart a very good secondary as only Manning can,” I wrote.

But I should've known better.

I was sitting in University of Phoenix Stadium in 2008 when Manning's little brother cared as much about New England's 18-0 record as Richard Sherman does for Michael Crabtree. A team that has a great regular season and playoffs doesn't always win the Super Bowl. Greatness leading up to the game doesn't mean greatness after the game.

I should've known that. I should've known Seattle's defense was actually going to do to Denver what it did to Arizona on Thursday night in Week 7: Swarm the quarterback and stop the run. Seattle allowed 30 yards on the ground that game, sacked Carson Palmer seven times and intercepted him twice. But watching a Cardinals offense -- one that was good but not nearly what Denver's was -- move the ball well enough to make a 31-yard touchdown pass from Palmer to Michael Floyd the difference in the game, I thought Seattle would struggle with Denver.

But I should've known better.