The Seattle Seahawks' defense was dominant, powerful, domineering, demonstrative and ascendant. Pick your adjective. The Seahawks' D destroyed the Denver Broncos historic offense in the 43-8 win in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Only one man could win the MVP, however.

Voters chose linebacker Malcolm Smith to represent the Seahawks' defense. Smith becomes the first defensive player to win the award since Buccaneers safety Dexter Jackson in Super Bowl XXXVII.

The Seattle linebacker corps was the beneficiary of a dominant pass rush that tortured Peyton Manning all night.

Smith took advantage, making several huge plays. The third-year pro returned an interception for a touchdown and recovered a fumble. He also added nine tackles as part of the swarming Seattle defense.

Smith entered the starting lineup in Week 15 to replace the underrated K.J. Wright and the Seahawks didn't miss a beat. Smith's ability to cover in space and tackle is representative of Seattle's depth and tenacity.