Dominating performance by the Seattle Seahawks and their #1 defense … subtitled, Manning and Broncos Sleeping Against Seattle.
The Seattle onslaught began 12 seconds into the game when the Broncos center hiked the ball prematurely and past Peyton Manning into the end zone for a 2 point safety. It was all downhill from there for the Broncos and Peyton Manning as the Seattle Seahawks outplayed Denver in ever aspect of the game, winning 43-8. The Seahawks scored in ever aspect of the game, offensive TD’s, defensive interception returns for TD, defensive safety, special teams kick off return for a TD and field goals.
The Super Bowl got off to its strangest start ever as Denver Broncos center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball by Peyton Manning on the first play from scrimmage. The ball was recovered by Knowshon Moreno in the end zone for a safety.
The Seahawks led 2-0 after 12 seconds, the fastest score in Super Bowl history. It was 2 seconds faster than Devin Hester’s kickoff return for a score in 2007.
The first Super Bowl played outdoors at a cold-weather site was an abnormally warm 49 degrees and hardly the winter wonderland many expected for the NFL’s biggest game at MetLife Stadium.
Manning and the Denver Broncos’ top-ranked, record-breaking offense opened with the ball after the Seattle Seahawks won the coin toss but deferred — with a pair of former New York-area Super Bowl stars at midfield in the Jets’ Joe Namath and the Giants’ Phil Simms. Namath flipped the coin too soon, before Seattle had made its choice, so referee Terry McAulay caught the coin in midair. Then, Namath tossed it again after the Seahawks called “tails.”
The Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl champions for the first time in team history.
And they are bringing a major national championship back to the Emerald City for the first time in 35 years.
The Seahawks jumped on the Denver Broncos on the first play from scrimmage in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, then never let up. A shocking defensive performance shut down Peyton Manning and the Broncos for a full 60 minutes, and the Hawks dominated MetLife Stadium for a 43-8 victory Sunday.
They were hungry. They were determined. They were overwhelming.
UPDATE II: Seattle out-played Denver in ever aspect of the game and to a man. Seatle QB Russell Wilson out-played Manning. Who saw that coming? Seahawks out rushed Denver, 135 yards – 27 yards. Denver had 4 turn overs, including two Peyton Manning interceptions.
UPDATE III: Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith named MVP.
Malcolm Smith always was ready to step in when the Seattle Seahawks needed him.
Now he’s only the third linebacker in NFL history to earn Super Bowl MVP honors.
Smith returned an interception of regular-season MVP Peyton Manning 69 yards for a touchdown in the first half, recovered a fumble in the second half, and was part of a dominating defensive performance by Seattle during its 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.