- Associated Press - Saturday, February 8, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Confetti cannons boomed around Peyton Manning following Seattle’s 43-8 dismantling of Denver and the five-time MVP sought out Russell Wilson to congratulate the Seahawks' second-year scrambler on his stunningly lopsided Super Bowl triumph.

At 37, Manning had failed to cap off the greatest season by a quarterback in NFL history. Wilson had just become the first champion from the new guard of athletic, mobile QBs that includes Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck.

A passing of the torch from the classic pocket passer to the fleet-footed quarterback?

No way, insisted Broncos boss John Elway.

“Well, Joe Flacco’s a pocket guy and he won it last year, right? And Colin Kaepernick was the guy that ran around last year. So, last year, the pocket guy won it. This year, the run-around guy won it. So, to me, that’s your answer,” Elway said. “The bottom line was the way Seattle played.”

Joe Theismann couldn’t agree more.

“We certainly have some young, athletic quarterbacks in this league, but if you look at the guys who have won it - Eli Manning, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning - they’re not move-around guys. Even Aaron Rodgers, who has tremendous athletic skills when it comes to moving around, throws out of the pocket,” said Theismann, who quarterbacked the Redskins to the 1983 NFL title.

“To have any longevity as a professional quarterback, you must develop your skills to be able to throw out of the pocket. Otherwise, you take too many hits. Now, if you have athleticism like Russell Wilson, that’s a bonus.”

Wilson doesn’t tuck the ball looking to run but to find passing lanes because at 5-foot-11, he can’t always see over his hulking linemen.

“To me, this game boiled down to two facts: turnovers and Denver’s five guys up front could not block Seattle’s four guys up front,” Theismann said. “You have to give Seattle defensively all the credit in the world to be able to rush four and move Peyton and drop seven and cover their routes.

“Other than that, I think to make a general statement of the quarterback position being a non-dropback position or a passing of the torch, I just don’t see it. You have to be able to throw the ball effectively from the pocket to be able to capitalize on all the rules that exist.”

What the Seahawks provided the league more than a changing of the guard was a blueprint on how defenses can finally turn the tide on the pass happiness that has engulfed the NFL for so long.

Denver scored a record 606 points in 2013 and Manning set a slew of records, including 55 touchdown throws. Yet, the most prolific scoring machine in NFL history sputtered against Seattle’s stifling defense.

It wasn’t like Wilson beat them.

Sure, he made some third-down conversions, but his two TD throws came when the game was already a runaway. Seattle also scored on a safety, two field goals, a pick-6 and, a kickoff return and a run by Marshawn Lynch.

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