The Seattle Seahawks scored early and often en route to a lopsided 43-8 victory over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
How much of a blowout was the game? The Seahawks defence out-scored the Broncos offence 9-8, while their offence produced a whopping 34 points of their own.
The Broncos turned the ball over four times and didn’t pick up their first first-down of the game until early in the second quarter. By that time Seattle already held a 15-0 lead.
Turning point No. 1
On the first play of scrimmage, Denver centre Dan Koppen snapped the ball over Peyton Manning’s head. Bronco’s running back Knowshon Moreno was able to recover the ball but was in the endzone, resulting in a safety, and giving the Seahawks a 2-0 lead just 12 seconds into Super Bowl XLVIII.
Turning point No. 2
Trailing 15-0 early in the second quarter and his offence still searching for their first first down of the ball game, Manning finally started to move Denver’s offence. But on a third and 13 from Seattle’s 35 yard line Manning was hit as he threw the football and his pass wobbled in the air right into the arms of Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith. The third year pro returned the pick 69-yards for the touchdown giving the Seahawks a 22-0 lead.
Fact that means nothing
Manning entered the record books for most completions by a quarterback in a single Super Bowl game with 34.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn’t seem to mind Seattle’s Super Bowl rout of Denver. “It’s so much more fun to watch FOX when it’s someone else being blitzed & sacked!” she Tweeted.
KEY MOMENTS RECAP
Seahawks put up more points
Ho-hum. Seattle puts any Denver comeback hopes to rest with yet another major.
Broncos finally score
Peyton Manning fires a 14 yard TD strike to Demaryius Thomas then completes the two-point conversion to Wes Welker to end a six play, 80 yard drive.
Say goodnight Irene
Jermaine Kearse takes a short Russell Wilson pass 23 yards for yet another score. With just a little over a quarter to play, the Seahawks hold a 36-0 lead over Denver.
Second half starts like the first
Things go from bad to worse for Denver after Seattle's Percy Harvin returned the second-half kickoff 87 yards to increase the Seahawks lead to 29-0.
The Seahawks scored just 12 seconds into both the first and second half.
Bruno Mars rocks halftime
Accompanied by a light show that featured 80,000 fans with illuminated hats, pop star Bruno Mars rocked the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday with a selection of his hits including “Treasure” and “Runaway Baby.”
Dressed in a glittery, ‘50s style jacket and narrow tie, the bouffant-topped singer danced across the stage as fire effects and fireworks lit up East Rutherford, New Jersey’s Met Life Stadium.
He was backed by alternative rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers, whose lead singer Anthony Kiedis strutted out onto the stage shirtless and in shorts even as the temperature dropped to 44 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius), belting out the group’s 1991 hit “Give it Away.”
Seinfeld reunion during halftime of Super Bowl
Jerry Seinfeld, George Alexander and Wayne Knight revived their characters from the iconic sitcom for a commercial for Seinfeld's show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
Seahawks running away with it
Denver's first sustained drive ends in disaster for the Broncos. Peyton Manning's third down and long pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by Seattle's Malcolm Smith who retured it 69 yards for the touchdown.
Capitalizing on Manning turnover
Seattle increases their lead to 15-0 nothing thanks to a Marshawn Lynch one-yard TD run. The scoring drive came as a result of a Peyton Manning interception on the Denver side of the field.
More points for Seahawks
Seattle records another field goal, but considering the time of possession is over five to one for the Seahawks at this point, the Broncos have to consider themselves lucky to only be trailing 8-0.
Seahawks score again