Super Bowl 48 Recap: Seahawks Rout Broncos, 43-8
Seattle forced four Denver turnovers, and the Seahawks routed the Broncos, 43-8, to win Super Bowl 48 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday night. The victory gave the Seahawks their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.
Seattle's top-ranked defense forced Denver quarterback Peyton Manning into two interceptions and a fumble and dominated a Broncos' offense that set NFL records for points and yards passing this season.
The Seahawks never trailed in the game, taking an immediate 2-0 lead on a safety after Broncos center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball over Manning's head on the opening offensive play. Seattle took a 22-0 lead into halftime after game MVP Malcolm Smith returned Manning's second interception 69 yards for a score with 3:21 left in the second quarter.
When Seattle's Percy Harvin returned the second half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown, the game's outcome appeared to be all but decided. Denver didn't reach the end zone until the final play of the third quarter, when Manning threw a 14-yard scoring pass to Demaryius Thomas. Keeping that comeback spirit the team was known for, the team was successful in scoring the 2-point conversion with a catch by Welker from Manning to the right side to give the Bronco's eight points on the board.
Manning completed a Super Bowl-record 34 passes for 280 yards and the touchdown to Thomas, who had 13 receptions for 118 yards. Welker ended up with 8 catches for 84 yards as the 5'9" wide out took a beating against the huge Seattle secondary.
Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson completed 18 of 25 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns. He seemed to have all the time he needed to find an open receiver or break away for a run when needed.
Despite concerns about game conditions during the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold climate, the announced game-time temperature was 49 degrees and weather was never a factor.
The real issues were a dominating and near-perfect Seattle Defense and against many miscues in the Denver Broncos offense that seemed to have just a few players that had that comeback drive in them throughout the game, and a lackluster performance by the Denver defensive side that never really got to Russell Wilson or impeded the Seahawk offense from moving down the field.
The Denver players that appeared to really have that "we can win it" look and attitude seemed to be Peyton Manning, who set yet another record for passing in the big game, and his favorite target, Wes Welker. After making a catch and getting slammed to the ground, one could see the hurry up attitude to get the next play going in Welker's actions, while the offensive line, which had trouble protecting Manning for the entire game, looked to just be ambling up to the line for the next challenge.
The defense for Seattle looked to be mere shadows to the Denver players, while Denver's D looked more like objects caught in a truck's draft, rather than being in a position to really interrupt passes in the air. Everywhere the ball was in the hands of the Broncos, there was always a blue and neon green jersey in the area.
It was a tough loss by Denver, who was shut down in the first half, after the fantastic year that the team had. One can be sure that the boys in Blue and Orange will be right back in the fight come 2014-15 season as they claim the next Lombardi Trophy for the Mile High City and all of the fans here on the Western Slope!