EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — The Seattle Seahawks have won Super Bowl XLVIII and claimed the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in team history, beating the Denver Broncos 43-8.
Seattle never trailed in the game, grabbing the lead :12 into the game when the Denver’s center snapped the ball over Peyton Manning’s head for a Seattle safety and a 2-0 lead.
Not one player on the Seahawks roster had ever played in a Super Bowl. Quarterback Russell Wilson had a big night; he went 18 of 25 for 206 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a QB rating of 123.1.
It is Pete Carroll’s first Super Bowl win as a head coach.
In the first quarter, the Seahawks led the Broncos 8-0. The big game got off to an unusual start when the coin toss was caught by referee Terry McAuley because Joe Namath, who was flipping the coin, tossed it into the air before Seattle was able to call heads or tails.
The game took another bizarre turn when the Denver Broncos’ center snapped the ball over Peyton Manning’s head on the first play of the game, leading to a Seahawks safety and a 2-0 lead. It was the fastest score in Super Bowl history, taking just :12. It’s the first time ever that there has been a safety in three straight Super Bowls.
Seattle then used two Steven Hauschka field goals, a 31-yard kick and a 33-yard field goal to give the Seahawks an 8-0 lead.
At one point in the quarter, Denver had 8 yards of offense and Seattle had 8 points. The Broncos did not have a first down in the first quarter.
The Broncos’ offense struggled in the second quarter; Peyton Manning was picked off by Kam Chancellor, which led to a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run. That gave Seattle a 15-0 lead early in the second quarter.
The Broncos got their first, first-down of the game midway through the second quarter, but Seattle’s defense has given Manning and the Broncos offense plenty of fits in the first half.
After Denver got its first, first-down of the game, it wasn’t long before Manning was picked off by Malcolm Smith, who returned the pass 69-yards for a touchdown and a 22-0 Seahawks lead.
Manning is the third quarterback ever with multiple career interceptions returned for a TD in Super Bowl career joining Rich Gannon and Kurt Warner.
Seattle picked up the second hal right where they ended the first half; Percy Harvin returned the second half kickoff 87-yards for a touchdown and a 29-0 Seattle lead.
It took :12 for the Seahawks to score to open the second half. Sound familiar? Seattle scored a safety :12 into the game when the Broncos center snapped the first play over Manning’s head.
Later in the third quarter, Seattle kept the pressure on, Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a 23-yard touchdown extending the Seahawks lead to 36-0.
Denver scored in the final seconds of the third quarter when Manning found Demaryius Thomas for the 14-yard touchdown pass. Wes Welker converted the 2-point conversion to make it a 36-8 score heading into the fourth quarter.
Super Bowl XLVIII is the first NFL Championship game played in an open-air stadium in the North.
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