Germany 7, Brazil 1.
Seattle 43, Denver 8.
How do you explain it? Before dismissing the stages as too different, consider the parallels. Brazil was a power, missing several key players. The Broncos were a power, missing several key players. Their opponents arrived on the big stage with less acclaim: Germany as the visiting team, Seattle without the iconic quarterback.
Nothing could have prepared Broncos fans from what happened at MetLife Stadium in the Super Bowl. Nothing could have prepared Brazil’s supporters for what happened in a World Cup semifinal — at home! — this afternoon.
“It was very strange to see Brazil play the way it played,” an ESPN commentator said.
Sounds familiar. How do you explain it?
At the highest level of their respective sport, Brazil and the Broncos picked a bad day to have a bad day. Germany and the Seahawks picked a great day to be great.