In response to ATJ's comment:
Couple of points:
Kudos to Seattle D - best I've seen in recent years. Yep, I'll say it - elite.
Kudos to Pete Carroll for the coaching job - just superb.
Kudos to John Schneider - excellent team building - truly excellent.
Let's see how they do over the next several years. I like their chances.
I would remind everyone in this forum how the Pats did in their first 5 games. The O couldn't score on the little sisters of the poor and the D held opponents to avg of 14 points per game. Then they got hit by injuries.
Is the Pats D close to becoming Seattle's? I don't really think so but the D is close to becoming quite a good NE D. They are young - very young and the potential is there.
I love how some in this forum love to chase the shiny baubles.
I think the difference is more NFC versus AFC. San Fran would have thrown Denver all over the field last night as well, perhaps even Carolina.
The NFC is the big dog right now and any AFC team looking at next years SB will need to come up with a team that can cope with the strong D mind set that the NFC brings to the table.
What happened to Denver last night is exactly what happened to the Pats in the 08 SB.