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. If Peyton had thrown in some double moves, if he had gone out of character, we could’ve been exposed.
Sherman told themmqb.com that him and his teammates were anticipating the pass routes Denver would use, by figuring out the hand signals used by Manning before the snap.
Via ESPN, Sherman reportedly told themmqb that the team just played ‘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.”
It appears that whatever the Seahawks were doing, it worked, as they forced Manning into three turnovers, and limited the record setting offence to just eight points.
Also from ESPN, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor told The Star-Ledger that they were reading Manning’s eyes before plays.
“Just see everything that develops in front of you, playing off of Peyton’s eyes. He takes you right to the ball every time. He’s a great quarterback, but he definitely has tendencies and he takes you to the ball.”