Super Bowl: Seattle blows out Denver — The Seattle Seahawks completely dominated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, winning 43-8 in a lopsided game on Sunday night.
The game was billed as a classic matchup between the Denver offense, which was the highest scoring in NFL history, and the Seattle defense, which was the NFL’s best this season. But the game quickly turned into a mismatch.
On the very first play of the game, Denver snapped the ball past quarterback Peyton Manning and into the end zone for a safety and a 2-0 Seattle lead just 12 seconds into the game.
The Seahawks then drove down for a field goal and a 5-0 lead. Denver went three and out and Seattle added another field goal to go up 8-0.
After a Manning interception, Seattle drove down for a touchdown and a 15-0 lead.
Denver finally got some offense going, driving into Seattle territory with three minutes left before halftime. But then Manning got hit as he released the ball, which was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith and returned 69 yards for a touchdown and a 22-0 Seattle lead at the half. Smith was named Most Valuable Player after the game.
Any hope that Denver would be able to mount a comeback in the second half was quickly crushed when Seattle’s Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown in a sensational run aided by a Broncos’ special teams meltdown. That made it 29-0 and the game had turned into a laugher.
Seattle scored again with three minutes left in the third quarter on a 23-yard Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse pass that increased the Seahawks lead to 36-0.
Denver scored their only points on a Manning pass on the last play of the third quarter, and then got a two-point conversion to cut the lead to 36-8.
But Seattle responded immediately, driving right back down the field and scoring on a 10-yard Wilson to Doug Baldwin pass play to make it 43-8.
Seattle’s defense absolutely dominated the highest scoring offense in NFL history throughout the game, and forced four costly Denver turnovers.
It was the Seattle Seahawks first-ever Super Bowl win.