It's no surprise, then, that Elway led Denver's post-game charge in equating Wade Phillips' defense with the best in NFL history.
"They just kept getting stronger and stronger in the playoffs," Elway told NFL Media's Kimberly Jones. "... I couldn't be more proud of them and I'm really happy for them because that's the best defense I've ever seen."
"We went through the gauntlet -- Brady twice, Ben twice, Cam," Harris reasoned, via SI.com's Chris Burke. "How can you not say we're one of the greatest defenses of all time?"
While Miller's two-game performance in the AFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl rivals any stretch in postseason history, this defense is special because it is stocked with difference-makers at every level.
Miller and DeMarcus Ware terrorize bookend tackles. Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson cave in the interior of offensive lines. Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall are among the league's most productive inside linebacker duos. The physical secondary stifles receivers downfield and punishes them over the middle.
"I'm glad they're on my team. They have been fun to watch all year," Peyton Manning told Jones after the game. "I kind of thought Von, and DeMarcus, and (Aqib) Talib and Chris Harris would win the MVP last night. I wanted them all to share a car. They could ride in the car together to practice. Von took it, but like I said those guys have been fun to watch all year and they were awesome tonight."
Denver's unit can vie with Seattle's for best of the decade, but the Super Bowl Shuffle Bears remain the gold standard for defensive dominance.