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Sherman told MMQB.com that the Seahawks' defenders had discovered a pattern in the way Manning signaled to his receivers while doing tape study, and it played out that way in the 43-8 throttling of the Broncos.
"All we did was play situational football," Sherman said after the game. "We knew what route concepts they liked on different downs, so we jumped all the routes. Then we figured out the hand signals for a few of the route audibles in the first half."
The Broncos, who scored 606 points in the regular season, suffered a safety and four turnovers in the game, three courtesy of Manning, the league's MVP. The Seahawks' strong coverage and pass rush continually forced Manning to throw passes close to the line of scrimmage, and his receivers didn't gain many yards after the catch.
Sherman said that the Broncos did not change their approach for the game, which allowed the Seahawks to dominate defensively.
"Me, Earl, Kam ... we're not just three All-Pro players. We're three All-Pro minds," Sherman said. "Now, if Peyton had thrown in some double moves, if he had gone out of character, we could've been exposed."
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