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It wasn’t even close. The Seattle Seahawks completely dominated the Denver Broncos in every area of the game during Super Bowl XLVIII, winning 43-8 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
The two teams came into the game as the best in the NFL, with Denver having a historic offensive season. But the Seahawks were the best defensive team in football and defense wins championships. Last night’s game was the perfect example of how that cliche is still fact.
It started poorly for the Broncos from the first snap, after Manny Ramirez botched the snap to Peyton Manning. The Seahawks took a safety, scoring two points in the opening seconds. From that moment on, Denver had no momentum and could never get anything going.
“We've been relentless all season,” Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said, reports The AP. “Having that mentality of having a championship day every day. At the end of the day, you want to play your best football and that is what we did today.”
By halftime, the game was 22-0. Any hopes the Broncos had of making a miraculous comeback were dashed when Percy Harvin ran the kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown. Before the half, linebacker Malcolm Smith, who was the game’s MVP, intercepted Manning and ran it back for another touchdown.
“I think Malcolm Smith was one of the guys who got overshadowed last week by my rant,” cornerback Richard Sherman told the media, notes The New York Daily News. “Today he really put his stamp on the game.”
“It just represents how our defense played,” Smith said of his MVP trophy. “I’m just here to represent the defense. You’ve seen guys out here make those types of plays and tonight was my turn. I’m here, and it’s definitely on behalf of them.”
This was only the Seahawks’ second trip to the Super Bowl in franchise history and its first win. It was head coach Pete Carroll’s fourth season and just Wilson’s second in the league.
“It played out the way we wanted it to play out,” Carroll said, reports the Seattle Times. “All phases contributed. It was not really even a question in our mind that we wouldn’t perform like this.”
This will go down as one of the best performances by a defense in the history of the Super Bowl. As Fox Sports notes, it tied the mark for the third-worst rout in the game. The worst is Super Bowl XXIV, when Joe Montana and the 49ers dominated John Elway’s Broncos 55-10.
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