Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie stopped just shy of using that taboo word Monday.
"We've got to give credit to Seattle, you could tell they wanted it way more than us," Rodgers-Cromartie said, via The Denver Post. "They were not going to take a loss. They definitely came out and punched us around."Pete Carroll to summarize the lopsided matchup on Tuesday:
The beatdown was so severe that it has left many wondering what the Broncos can do to prevent a similar outcome in the future.
"What you take out of this is you take that feeling of getting punched around -- twice by that team -- and work hard this offseason to come back stronger," Rodgers-Cromartie added.
Manning will get another shot to fine-tune his legacy next season, but the 2013 Broncos will be remembered as a record-breaking offense that was exposed as fraudulent by a historically great defense on the NFL's biggest stage.