"You're going to ask me? No. 1. No. 1 in my opinion, over '85 Bears," he said. "If not No. 1, No. 2. I feel like we did a good job playing our games. It wasn't ever pretty, but when you put it in our defense's hand we always come up with that win."
Not enough can be said about what Denver pulled off at Levi's Stadium. Newton came into the game as the league's MVP, playing the game at a uniquely dominant level. That the once-swaggering Newton left the building a hollowed-out shell speaks volumes.
Trevathan made a special point to praise Phillips. In fact, Trevathan believes his coach should also be viewed through a historical prism.
"For him not to have a job last year, that's bogus man," he said. "This is one of the best defensive coordinators ever."
A reporter asked Phillips what his late father, Bum, would have thought of his defense on Sunday.
"He would be glad we kicked the door in."
They certainly did.