Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman claims that part of his team's strategy for winning the Super Bowl on Sunday night was successfully cracking Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning's hand signals.
"All we did was play situational football," he told Sports Illustrated in an interview published Monday. "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."
Sherman demonstrated some of the signs during the interview and said his teammates had started to predict the Broncos' plays. Manning is said to change his signals for every game.
"Me, Earl [Thomas], Kam [Chancellor] ... we're not just three All-Pro players. We're three All-Pro minds. Now, if Peyton had thrown in some double moves, if he had gone out of character, we could've been exposed," he said, adding that the Super Bowl is "playing chess, not checkers."
The Stanford-educated football player faced backlash and was fined for his victory rant following the NFC Championship playoff game.
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