The Seattle Seahawks have won their first Super Bowl title, crushing the favored Denver Broncos 43-8. Linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception of Peyton Manning 69 yards for a touchdown late in the first half Sunday, and Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for another TD.
The Seahawks led 36-0 before Denver finally scored on the last play of the third quarter.
Manning was 34 of 49 for 280 yards, but most of that came after Seattle had all but put the game away. He was flustered by Seattle's fierce defense for most of the first half, throwing two interceptions. The second fluttered into Smith's hands after Cliff Avril struck the five-time NFL MVP's arm as he was releasing the ball. Second-year quarterback Russell Wilson was coolly efficient for the Seahawks, throwing for two touchdowns.
In the most lopsided Super Bowl in 21 years, the Seahawks breezed to their first NFL championship since entering the league as a 2-12 expansion team in 1976. It's Seattle's first major sports championship since the old NBA Sonics won it all in 1979.
Twelve seconds into the game, the Seahawks scored on a safety. Twelve seconds into the second half, Percy Harvin crossed the goal line to cap an 87-yard kickoff return.
NFC teams now have won five of the last seven Super Bowls.
Best Defense In NFL Carries Seattle To Title
Richard Sherman waited, and waited and the throws never floated his direction.
Led by its All-Pro cornerback, Seattle's "Legion of Boom" secondary and the nastiest defense in the NFL proved the strength of the Seahawks was greater than the record-setting arm of Peyton Manning in their stunning 43-8 rout on Sunday night.
Manning carefully tried to avoid throwing at Sherman, leaving the rest of his mates in the secondary to make the plays. Safety Kam Chancellor flattened Demaryius Thomas on Denver's third offensive play to set a tone. Chancellor later had an interception, cornerback Byron Maxwell forced a fumble and safety Earl Thomas cleaned up everything leftover - which wasn't much.
Sherman suffered an injury in the fourth quarter and returned to the sideline in time for the celebration in sweats and on crutches.
Seattle LB Smith Earns Super Bowl MVP Award
Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception of Peyton Manning 69 yards for a touchdown and later recovered a fumble, earning Super Bowl MVP honors in the Seahawks' 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.
Smith is only the third linebacker in Super Bowl history to earn the award, joining Ray Lewis of Baltimore in 2001, and Chuck Howley of Dallas in 1971.
It was appropriate that a member of Seattle's league-leading "D" would be the MVP, considering the way the Seahawks shut down Manning and Denver's record-breaking offense, forcing four turnovers and holding the Broncos scoreless until the last play of the third quarter.
Smith's pick-6 made it 22-0 late in the first half, and Seattle was on its way.
Defense Does Still Win Championships After All
The Seahawks didn’t just ride their No. 1-ranked defense to the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history on Sunday night; they suffocated the highest-scoring offense in NFL history during a 43-8 romp over the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium.
In winning Super Bowl XLVIII, the Seahawks became the first team to have a safety, a kickoff return, and an interception return for touchdowns – thanks to defensive end Cliff Avril, wide receiver Percy Harvin and linebacker Malcolm Smith.
The beat down of a Broncos team that was led by legendary quarterback Peyton Manning and had scored a NFL-record 606 points during the regular season started on the first play of the game and continued through the game.
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