Did Sherman, Seahawks crack Peyton's code in blowout?

The brash Seattle corner reportedly says he and his teammates knew what to expect after watching Manning's hand signals early in the game. Clearly, whatever they were doing worked, but that would explain a lot.

Peyton Manning's hand signals may have done him in on Sunday.

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Did it look like the Seattle Seahawks knew what was coming when Denver and future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning had the ball in Sunday night's Super Bowl?

Well, if it did, we might now know why.

Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman claims he and the rest of the defense figured out Manning's hand signals early on and were able to exploit it throughout the game, according to Peter King's MMQB.

"All we did was play situational football. 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," he said.

"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," Sherman continued.

One might think it comes off as more boasting from a player who took so much heat for his postgame comments about Michael Crabtree after the Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.

But Sherman apparently was just trying to discuss the X's and O's of the game, which was never really close as the Seahawks blew away the Broncos, 43-8, on Sunday.

He spent time after the game and much of Monday morning singing Manning's praises.

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