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Defense Wins Championships

The pupil has eclipsed the teacher. Seattle general manager John Schneider has done a brilliant job building a defense even more dominant than the Packers' championship unit in 2010. That's why Green Bay is so far behind Seattle - not to mention the NFC's other power teams.

"Defense wins championships." It's one of the biggest clichés in sports, and it held true on Sunday night. Seattle, with the NFL's top-ranked defense, destroyed Denver, with the top-ranked offense, in the Super Bowl. In five Super Bowl matchups between the No. 1 defense and No. 1 offense, the defensive team is 4-1. Looking beyond Sunday's Super Bowl, this playoff season has driven home the oh-so...

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