Head coach John Fox was on hand to console his quarterback Peyton Manning after the Denver Broncos fell to a humiliating 43-8 loss in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Manning collected the NFL MVP award for the fifth time in his career on Saturday having led the best offence of all-time over the season.
However, he and Denver came up well short in the finale at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium as Seattle stormed to a comprehensive victory.
Asked what he said to Manning after the game, Fox responded: "I told him he had a great season, a record-breaking season and he just came up a little short."
The nature of the defeat is sure to raise further questions over Manning's legacy.
Despite putting up astounding numbers in the regular-season, this defeat leaves the quarterback's play-off record at 11-12 and his Super Bowl mark 1-2.
Speaking about the game, Manning said: "It's disappointing for our entire team. We worked hard to get to this point and overcame a lot of obstacles to be here.
"It is really good to have this opportunity but certainly to finish this way is very disappointing. It is not an easy pill to swallow but, eventually, you have to."
Asked whether the loss will serve as motivation for next year, Manning responded: "I think it will for our entire team.
"I think this team used last year's play-off loss to fuel us. I thought it made us a better team this year.
"Hopefully we can use this to fuel us this off-season into next season as well."
The tone was set in the very first play of the game, when centre Manny Ramirez released the snap amid Manning making alterations at the line of scrimmage.
The ball flew into the end zone for a safety, handing Seattle the fastest score in Super Bowl history after just 12 seconds.
"The first play was a cadence issue," revealed Manning. "We were using the snap count on the play and, due to the noise, no one could hear me.
"Really it's...nobody's fault."
While the night ended in obvious disappointment for Manning, opposite number Russell Wilson could bask in becoming only the fourth quarterback to win a championship within his first two seasons.
"It feels unbelievable," he said. "I'm just so thankful, so thankful for everything I've been given."
The outstanding Wilson's future appears bright but, for now, it is a Seattle defence led by the self-styled 'Legion of Boom' that will rightly earn the plaudits after a suffocating display.
Their performance in holding such a prolific offence to just eight points will go down in legend.
When quizzed on whether the display puts Seattle's defence up there with the best of all time, cornerback Richard Sherman said: "Our resume speaks for itself. We just won 43-8 versus the number one offence in NFL history. That's got to have value."
For once, though, it was not a member of the Legion that stole the show, with linebacker Malcolm Smith - who took a Manning interception to the house and recovered a fumble - earning the MVP award.
"I always imagined myself making plays but never thought about being an MVP," he admitted.
Head coach Pete Carroll felt Smith embodied a perfect team performance.
"It's just the way we play," he said. "It was a really good game for our guys on all sides, not just defensively.
"I'm proud of this entire team for what we were able to do all season long and especially here today."
In picture: Super Bowl 2014
In picture: Super Bowl 2014
1/19 The Broncos make their way onto the field
2/19 Queen Latifah gives a rendition of 'America the Beautiful'
3/19 Joe Namath did the coin toss in a superb coat
4/19 The Broncos concede a safety very early on
5/19 The Broncos concede a safety very early on
6/19 Seattle kick a first quarter field goal
7/19 Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a reception in the first quarter
8/19 Bruno Mars in the half time show
9/19 Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers
10/19 Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks scores a touchdown against the Denver Broncos
Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks scores a touchdown against the Denver Broncos
11/19 Jermaine Kearse of the Seattle Seahawks holds off Tony Carter of the Denver Broncos to score a touchdown
12/19 Wide receiver Percy Harvin #11 of the Seattle Seahawks runs 87-yards to score a touchdown
13/19 Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates his 10-yard touchdown
14/19 Tight end Zach Miller #86 and quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks dump Gatorade on head coach Pete Carroll
15/19 MetLife Stadium is shown after the Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII
16/19 Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after their 43-8 loss
17/19 The Seahawks mascots celebrates
18/19 Tackle Russell Okung #76 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after winning Super Bowl XLVIII
19/19 Seattle Seahawks Owner Paul Allen celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy
Seattle Seahawks Owner Paul Allen celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy