Ever since the Seattle Seahawks utterly dismantled the Denver Broncos to claim their first Lombardy trophy, sport viewers have revisited a forgotten sentiment of “defense wins championships”. The game was flat-out bad for Denver. It was embarrassing, and it was cruel. It was brutal … and it was defensive. The architect of the greatest quarterback season in NFL history was only able to muster a single touchdown – in four quarters. Defense does win championships. Point proven, case closed … or is it?
The newly crowned champions had a very historic season, defensively, and by that pedigree, has a very elite defense. The Super Bowl winners before them – the Baltimore Ravens – entered the play-off season with questions, but quarterback Joe Flacco and Co. began to perform at a very elite level. Before the Ravens, it was (unfortunately) the New York Giants who, although their regular season record was not elite, their quarterback play was in the post-season. Recent champions like the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, and Pittsburgh Steelers –played at an elite level at some point to win the Super Bowl in their respective year. A team probably had an elite defense or an elite offense. Perhaps defense does not win championships, more so than what offenses can win. Perhaps elite wins championships.