It could have been a perfect ending to a terrific season by the Denver Broncos. Instead, the Seattle Seahawks dominated Super Bowl XLVIII and walked away with the 43-8 victory. Seattle scored in every phase of the game, proving they were the best team in the league.
On the first play from scrimmage, Denver center Manny Ramirez prematurely snapped the ball as Peyton Manning was walking to the line to make adjustments. The ball sailed over his head and into the endzone where running back Knowshon Moreno dove on it for the safety. From there, it was all Seahawks.
The Seahawks came away with two Steven Hauschka field goals to make it an 8-0 advantage. Then safety Kam Chancellor, a Legion of Boom enforcer, intercepted a Manning pass too high over the middle. The Seahawks cashed it in with a running back Marshawn Lynch one yard touchdown. On Denver's next possession, defensive end Cliff Avril hit Manning's arm as he delivered a pass and it floated into the arms of linebacker and Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith, who returned it 69 yards for a touchdown. Just like that it was 22-0 at the half.
If Denver had any hopes of a second half comeback, they were crushed when Percy Harvin returned a short kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown on the opening play of the second half. Quarterback Russell Wilson then found Jermaine Kearse for a 23 yard touchdown. Kearse made the catch and spun out of a tackle before breaking away for the score. That put the game out of reach at 35-0.
After Manning found Demaryius Thomas for a 14 yard touchdown to avoid the shutout, Wilson put the game away finding Doug Baldwin for a 10 yard touchdown. Wilson finished the day 18-25 for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Manning completed the most passes in Super Bowl history going 34-49 for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The Broncos also lost two fumbles, one by Thomas after a big gain and one by Manning late in the game.
Seattle captured their first ever Super Bowl victory and proved once again that defense wins championships. For the Broncos, it was by far their worst performance of the season on the grandest stage. It was the third largest Super Bowl loss in history.
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