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Sherman was targeted only once in the first half when Manning threw a pass away that floated out of bounds. It came during the only drive of the half where Denver threatened to score, only to get turned away on fourth down.

Sherman was targeted more in the second half and twice had to be tended to by trainers for injuries. The last time finally sent him to the locker room and left Sherman on crutches and in a boot for the celebration.

But Sherman insisted he would be healthy enough for the championship parade coming on Wednesday after the Seahawks gave a performance that showed their success goes beyond their spotlighted secondary.

“It’s a lot of guys a lot of people haven’t heard of and probably should be in the Pro Bowl and All-Pros and things like that,” Sherman said. “I think they learned how complete of a team we are, how complete our defense is.

“It’s not just the ‘Legion of Boom‘ back there with four guys who play good football.”

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