It quickly became evident to even the casual observer that the Seattle Seahawks were a class above the Denver Broncos. Sure, even this author initially saw the Broncos as the better team, at least from a purely statistical standpoint.

But Seattle soon proved that a swarming, stingy defense was of much greater value than an explosive offense. In fact, we have seen this before; just ask the 2007 New England Patriots. Yards, points, and especially records, mean absolutely nothing in the hot lights of the Super Bowl.

It wasn't a flawless performance by Russell Wilson and the Seahawks, but clearly the steam had gone out of the Broncos game, while Seattle hit on all cylinders, all day long, on both sides of the ball.

We may never know why the Bronco offense fizzled in the most critical hour. And there will certainly be much renewed ballywho over who is the greatest QB...

The bottom line is still that Wilson had his way, and the defense stuffed every effort of Peyton Manning and the vaunted offense of Denver. But before the word "dynasty" is heard, let me share five reasons the Seahawks will not be receiving the Lombardi trophy in 2014/15...

1. Revenge...

Seattle now has a target on their collective backs, and they will be looking over their collective shoulders at the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints, who they beat in the playoffs to earn this SB berth and win. And don't count out the Panthers, who fell far short of their goal in 2013.

2. Tough NFC West division...

It's those Niners, along with the improving Arizona Cardinals, who will be nipping at the heels of the defending SB Champs. John Harbaugh and Bruce Arians will have a lot of incentive to find ways to beat this talented Seattle team.

3. Repeating is a monumental task...

Besides the aforementioned target, there is the inevitable task of creating a new year's worth of game planning to combat a fresh schedule, coupled with the ever evolving roster of players that will be faced. And when you think of the possibility of the injury bug, much like the Patriots faced this past season, a depleted roster would derail such aspirations.

4. Pete Carroll...

Raw enthusiasm can only carry a team so far. Carroll's job will be to keep up the excitement over a long offseason, while warning his players not to allow their cockiness to impede further progress, growth, and their competitive prowess. In other words, "How the mighty have fallen... meets... pride goeth before a fall" is a very real and common malady in sports.

5. Pedestrian offense...

Wilson and Co. did enough to win... handily, but clearly rode their defense to this victory. Another tough defense in the same venue would do the same to Seattle's anemic attack. While 208 yards and two TDs isn't horrible, it also wasn't accompanied by scary running (Percy Harvin led the team with 45 yards rushing).

Denver, on the other hand, coupled anemic offense WITH anemic defense, to hand the 'Hawks the walk off win. Denver needed a better offensive game plan, and to figure out a way to stop what little offense the Seahawks mustered. They failed.

Granted, Wilson is hard to handle/catch, but just one or two big plays make this game winnable for the Broncos, or any team they might face in the near future. Any team can be beaten, as the Seahawks did at the hands of the Colts, Niners, and Cardinals during the regular season.

Once the postseason rolls around, it only takes one let-down to send you home.

All of this boils down to the extreme unlikelyhood that the Seahawks have a chance at winning a second Super Bowl following the 2014 season.