Seahawks Crush Broncos, 43-8

Denver horribly out of synch as Seattle dominates

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 2, 2014 6:27 PM CST

(Newser) – "Omaha! Omaha! Wha?" The Denver Broncos' first play from scrimmage in Super Bowl XLVIII turned into a humiliating safety when the snap sailed by Peyton Manning's head into the end zone. That set the tone for a scoreless Denver first half, as the Seattle Seahawks defense intercepted Manning twice and swarmed Broncos like mad bees. Seahawks kicker Steve Hauschka put two through the uprights, and Seattle piled on with a 1-yard Marshawn Lynch rushing touchdown in the second quarter.

Denver responded with its first solid drive, pushing into Seahawks territory—until Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith (the game's eventual MVP) intercepted a hurried Manning pass and ran it back 69 yards for a TD. The second half started with two more Seattle touchdowns: an 87-yard Percy Harvin kickoff return and a Russell Wilson pass to Jermaine Kearse. Denver finally scored a TD in the third quarter, but Seattle responded with one of its own. And so it ended, Seattle 43, Denver 8—the Seahawks' first Super Bowl victory ever. "How unhappy are all these companies that bought advertising time in the 4th quarter?" asks Matt Williamson at ESPN's Super Bowl blog.

Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning pauses during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.
Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning pauses during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson makes a call as Max Unger, below gets ready in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.
Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson makes a call as Max Unger, below gets ready in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) dumps Gatorade on head coach Pete Carroll late in the game against the Denver Broncos at the Super Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) dumps Gatorade on head coach Pete Carroll late in the game against the Denver Broncos at the Super Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.   (AP Photo/Matt York)
Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson, left, celebrates with teammate Clint Gresham after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8.
Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson, left, celebrates with teammate Clint Gresham after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) pushes his way into the end zone for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLVIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) pushes his way into the end zone for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLVIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Seattle Seahawks' Doug Baldwin (89) runs from Denver Broncos' Champ Bailey (24) after making a reception at Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.
Seattle Seahawks' Doug Baldwin (89) runs from Denver Broncos' Champ Bailey (24) after making a reception at Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks' Steven Hauschka kicks a field goal during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.
Seattle Seahawks' Steven Hauschka kicks a field goal during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Denver Broncos' Knowshon Moreno (27) recovers the football in the end zone for a safety as Seattle Seahawks' Heath Farwell (55) and teammate Julius Thomas (80) chase him at Super Bowl XLVIII.
Denver Broncos' Knowshon Moreno (27) recovers the football in the end zone for a safety as Seattle Seahawks' Heath Farwell (55) and teammate Julius Thomas (80) chase him at Super Bowl XLVIII.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Seattle Seahawks' Malcolm Smith (53) returns an interception from Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning 69 yards for a touchdown at Super Bowl XLVIII, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.
Seattle Seahawks' Malcolm Smith (53) returns an interception from Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning 69 yards for a touchdown at Super Bowl XLVIII, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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