The Seattle Seahawks produced one of the most dominant Super Bowl performances ever seen as they battered the Denver Broncos 43-8 to win their first NFL Vince Lombardi trophy in Super Bowl XLVIII
Billed as the classic battle between
the NFL’s finest offense and defense, the Seattle Seahawks annihilated
the Denver Broncos on both sides of the ball to win the franchise’s
first Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Manning’s Denver were dissected, dismantled and destroyed by the
brutal, relentless assault. It was as one-sided as the 43-8 scoreline
suggests. Men against boys.
Seattle's defence forced a safety on Denver's first play, and as soon as
they sniffed blood they went on a rampage against the Broncos as they
forced four turnovers, scored off a Manning interception and ran in an
87-yard kick-off return.
Debate will rage on the future of the
recently-crowned five-time MVP after another failure on the biggest
That is for another day, but the 37-year old now has a Super Bowl
record of 1-3 after Chris Clemons, Cliff Avril and Co hurried and
hassled him all night.
But all the focus should be on Pete
Carroll’s magnificent Seattle. No player on the roster had played at a
Super Bowl before, but the self-styled Legion of Boom enacted the
classic way to win championships: a mean, nasty defense which unsettles
and suffocates opponents, thriving on pressure and creating turnovers.
They forced four turnovers, and both of Manning’s interceptions resulted in touchdowns.
Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith returned an interception for 69 yards and was
part of a pass rush that made Manning give his best impression of a cat
on a hot tin roof. He also recovered a fumble and made nine tackles.
And Russell Wilson, in just his second
NFL season, was outstanding, protecting the ball, scrambling in his
trademark style and targeting his underrated receiving corps on the
Percy Harvin, who had
played just two games during an injury-hit season, scampered for a
kick-off return and made multiple vital receptions.
Lynch, spearhead of Seattle’s bruising running game, managed just 39
yards. But as the Broncos focused on stopping him down the centre,
Wilson utitilised his receiving corps.
Doug Baldwin, the explosive Percy Harvin and Jermaine Kearse were all targeted as the Seahawks relentlessly advanced downfield.
sensational shutdown corner Richard Sherman, so vocal before the game,
had a quiet night. And his evening ended in unceremonious fashion with
an ankle injury. It mattered not.
margin of victory was the greatest for 21 years, but it still failed to
do Seattle’s dominance justice. They were unstoppable, reducing
Denver’s fabled offence - the best in history, remember - to broken men.
They didn’t reach the end zone until the game had a quarter left.
Perhaps we should have known it wasn’t the Broncos’ night after just 12 seconds.
Trindon Holliday’s poor return from Steven Haushka’s kick-off put them on their 14-yard line.
miscommunication saw center Manny Ramirez snapping the ball while
Manning was not in position, his face contorting in horror as the ball
sailed over his head.
Moreno helplessly scrambled backwards but he could not avoid the flying
Avril in the end zone.
For the second time in three years the first
Super Bowl score was a safety.
misery conned to pile on Manning. His offensive line, so effective this
season, was suddenly porous he failed to get so much as a first down in
the first quarter.
when he get the ball in his hands, he didn’t have it for long.
Chancellor intercepted his high pass and another sweeping Seattle drive -
kept alive by a pass interference penalty from Tony Carter - resulted
in a trademark burst over the line from Lynch from a yard.
for time on the field, Denver needed a sustained drive but they didn’t
Avril made mincemeat out of right tackle Orlando Franklin and
charged into Manning’s right arm.
The ball spiralled into the grateful arms of Smith, who darted to the endzone.
the score at 22-0, the half-time crooning of Bruno Mars couldn’t come
quickly enough for the Broncos.
But as the Red Hot Chili Peppers blasted
out Give It Away Now, Denver did so again immediately after the break.
the 12th man in full voice, Seattle managed to score 12 seconds into
second half now as the turbo-heeled Harvin skipped through for a
breathtaking 87-yard touchdown.
Carroll furiously encouraging on the sidelines, the Seahawks continued
to run up the score.
After a magnificent catch, Kearse avoided multiple
woeful tackles to skip over for a 23-yard touchdown reception.
Thomas ensured the Broncos would not suffer the ultimate ignominy by
being the first team to end a Super Bowl scoreless, collecting a 14-yard
pass from Manning. Wes Welker, whose Super Bowl misery continued,
completed the two-point conversion.
Seattle were relentless. Baldwin, who skinned multiple Pro Bowler Champ
Bailey all night, caught Wilson’s 10-yard pass to complete the rout.
Denver set two records with Manning usurping Tom Brady with 33
completions in a Super Bowl. Thomas collected 13 passes, beating
will mean nothing to a franchise - and a quarterback - who were
humiliated by opponents who could be on the way to establishing a
dynasty of their own.
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