Seattle beats Denver 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — The Seattle Seahawks dominated the Denver Broncos into the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday to win the game 43-8.

Seattle took advantage of Denver miscues, including a fumble and two interceptions thrown by quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL’s most valuable player for the season.

Just before the third quarter ended, Denver got onto the scoreboard when Manning threw a 14-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas. Denver went for a two-point PAT to make the score 36-8.

Denver started out in the hole and just couldn’t muster a recovery. On the first play from scrimmage, a bad snap went sailing past Manning and landed in the end zone for a safety, giving Seattle a 2-0 lead without running a play.

Seattle kicked two field goals, and Marshawn Lynch scored on a 1-yard run for a touchdown. The Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith intercepted Manning’s second interception and returned it for another touchdown.

The second half started out bad for Denver, with Seattle’s Percy Harvin running the opening kickoff back for a touchdown.

Jermaine Kearse caught a 23-yeard pass from Russell Wilson with 2:58 left in the third quarter for another touchdown. Wilson threw his second scoring strike with 11:45 left in the fourth.

Denver, led by the 37-year-old Manning, has the NFL’s best offense, statistically, but never got moving Sunday. Seattle has the best defense.

Anticipated cold weather was not a factor in the game being played in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the first cold-winter city to host the big game in an outdoor stadium.

The stadium is also home of the New York Giants, the team quarterbacked by Peyton Manning’s brother, Eli Manning. Eli has won two Super Bowls compared to his big brother’s one Super Bowl, with his former team, the Indianapolis Colts.

For a few days early last week, there was talk that the NFL might have to change its Super Bowl kickoff time by hours or even a day. But the temperatures were in the mid-40s when the game started.

The record for a cold weather Super Bowl is 39 degrees in 1972 in New Orleans.

See all of the commercials from the game here:

Bruno Mars Super Bowl 2014 Halftime Show

Seinfeld Reunion Super Bowl Commercial 2014

By Steve Almasy and Ralph Ellis

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    • ByeByeToTheRite

      Basically true, yes – they all accomplished their goal.

      But I think the loser here was the viewer, who was treated to 4 hours of dullness including a cheap bar-band segment – and we certainly didn’t get any fat paycheck out of this!

  • Julia Bowen

    Feel bad for Manning, but Denver just didn’t show up for this one. Can’t take a thing away from Seattle, they played tough all the way through and had an incredible defense. Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks!

  • ByeByeToTheRite

    This was a real yawner, all the way around.

    Pitiful performance by Denver – didn’t seem like the same team!

    Boring, “bar band” performance by the Half Time show. Fabulous lights as always, yes, but I’d never heard of Mars, and knew of Chili Peppers just being a “bar band” kinda band, but I guess when you do cheap, two chord bar band material, Americans love it because some are saying it’s the best show ever. Figures: Simple music for simple minds.

    Finally, even the commercials, usually the best part, were boring – and phony. Too much heart-tugging, teary-eyed emotion for nothing, like a new Maserati? Great lead-up, for another expensive sports car? Phony. How about Chevy and fighting cancer? Phony – ought to put their money where their ad is. Another tribute to returning soldiers – getting old – war’s over, remember? The best was probably AB’s dog and horse commercial, but even it was – well, just shy of greatness.

    I knew this one was going to be a dud after the first 10 seconds when Denver flubbed the first play.

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