NEW YORK – The Seattle Seahawks won their frst-ever Lombardi Trophy as they crushed the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII by a score of 43-8, taking a 2-0 lead faster than any team in Super Bowl history and building up to the blowout from there.
From the first play from scrimmage, when the center snapped the ball over str quarterback Peyton Manning’s head, this was simply not Denver’s night.
It was the NFL’s top defense (Seattle) punishing the NFL’s top offense (Denver) and it wasn’t close.
Manning could lead his team nowhere, throwing two interceptions as the game steadily got farther out of reach. Manning could only manage to throw 34-of-49 for 280 yards, with just one touchdown.
Seattle’s Percy Harvin was just one of the stars, returning the second-half kickoff for a touchdown, and turning in several other big plays using his speed.
Linebacker and MVP Malcolm Smith returned a Manning interception for a touchdown.
Richard Sherman, a star defensive back for Seattle, was injured in win.
The weather was not a factor, as game-time conditions hovered around 40 degrees with little wind.