The Seattle Seahawks won their first World Championship Sunday night, trouncing the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Opting to receive after Seattle chose to defer, Denver fumbled on the first play from scrimmage as it appeared Center Manny Ramirez and Manning had some sort of communication issue. The football rolled into the end zone for a safety, and the Broncos found themselves down two to nothing just 12 seconds into the game. For the Seahawks, Steven Hauschka was able to connect on two field goals in the opening frame, and Defensive Back Kam Chancellor intercepted Manning with about a minute left in the first to make it an eight to nothing Seattle lead heading into the second quarter.
After two possessions in Denver’s red zone and only mustering six points, Former Buffalo Bill Marshawn Lynch ran in a one-yard score to give the Seahawks a two-possession lead three minutes into the second. Manning’s struggles continued in the first half as he threw another interception, this one to Malcom Smith who returned it 69 yards for a touchdown.
The second half was just as forgetful as the first for the Broncos. Percy Harvin ran back the second half opening kickoff for a touchdown, and Denver turned the ball over for the third time to set up Seattle with another score, this one coming by way of a 23-yard catch and run by Jermaine Kearse. The Broncos finally got on the board by way of a Demaryius Thomas touchdown reception at the end of the third, making it 36-8.
Seattle continued to pile on the points in the final frame, Russell Wilson threw his second touchdown of the game inside the 12 minute mark of the fourth quarter. With about 4 minutes left, Denver turned the ball over one more time, and 43-8 would be the final score in Super Bowl XLVIII.
The 35-point win is the largest margin of victory in a Super Bowl since 1993 (Dallas and Buffalo, 52-17). The two teams will meet in the regular season in 2014, although no date has been given yet.
14:53 – Knowshon Moreno Fumble Recovery in Own End Zone
Drive: 1 play, -14 yds, 0:12
10:25 – Steven Hauschka 31-yard Field Goal
Drive: 9 plays, 51 yds, 4:27
2:21 – Steven Hauschka 33-yard Field Goal
Drive: 13 plays, 58 yds, 6:15
12:08 – Marshawn Lynch 1-yard Touchdown Run
Drive: 7 plays, 37 yds, 3:59