East Rutherford, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – The Seattle Seahawks’ vaunted defense shut down the Denver Broncos’ potent offense en route to a rousing 43-8 victory in Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
Russell Wilson completed 18 of 25 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns while the defense forced four turnovers to help the Seahawks cruise to surprisingly easy win over the league’s best offensive team for their first Super Bowl title.
Peyton Manning went 34-for-49 for 280 yards and a touchdown but he threw two interceptions and committed a fumble while the Broncos’ running game was completely silenced, garnering just 27 yards on 14 rushes.
Demaryius Thomas set a new Super Bowl record with 13 catches for 18 yards and a score while Wes Welker finished with 84 yards on eight receptions for the Broncos, who left searching for their first Super Bowl victory since winning two straight in 1997 and 1998.
The Seahawks took an early 2-0 lead via safety after Manny Ramirez committed an error during a snap as Manning stepped out of his position in the shotgun to call an audible.
The ball dribbled into the end zone where Moreno smartly fell on it, limiting the damage to a couple of points.
Two field goals by Steven Hauschka from 31 and 33 yards gave the Seahawks an 8-0 lead before Kam Chancellor intercepted Manning’s pass with 59 seconds left in the first period.
In the second, Wilson led a seven-play, 37-yard drive that Marshawn Lynch capped with a one-yard touchdown run.
With 3:36 left in the second, Malcolm Smith picked Manning’s pass and returned it 69 yards for a touchdown and a 22-0 advantage.
The Seahawks opened the third with Percy Harvin’s 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown before Wilson found Jermaine Kearse for a 23-yard touchdown pass that gave the Seahawks a commanding 36-0 lead.
Manning finally put the Broncos with a six-play, 80-yard drive that he capped with a 14-yard touchdown pass to DeMaryius Thomas. The Broncos then completed a two-point conversion to cut the deficit to 36-8 heading into the fourth.
However, the Seahawks opened the fourth with five-play, 48-yard drive that Wilson ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin for a 43-8 lead.