Super Bowl XLVIII: Seattle Seahawks rout the Denver Broncos
By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 03/02/14 11:19am
The Seattle Seahawks produced one of the most dominant Super Bowl performances ever seen as they battered the Denver Broncos 43-8 to win their first Vince Lombardi trophy in New Jersey.
It was one of the most eagerly-anticipated Super Bowls in recent times as Peyton Manning and Denver's record-breaking offence faced Seattle's top-ranked defence - but from just 12 seconds in it was all one-way traffic.
Seattle's defence forced a safety on Denver's first play, and as soon as they sniffed blood they went on a rampage against the Broncos as they forced four turnovers, scored off a Manning interception and ran in an 87-yard kick-off return.
Marshawn Lynch ran in from a yard out, Malcolm Smith returned the Manning pick 69 yards, Percy Harvin took the opening kick-off of the second half all the way to the house and Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse also went in.
Second-year quarterback Russell Wilson was the epitome of calm with 206 yards and two TDS, and he was especially effective on third downs, but it was a complete Seattle performance in every aspect of the game.
The Seahawks had the perfect start after just 12 seconds when Denver centre Manny Ramirez snapped the ball before Manning was ready and the ball eventually bobbled out of the back of the end zone for a safety on the very first play of the game.
Denver had another quick three-and-out before Wilson almost hit Jermaine Kearse for a touchdown but Nate Irving managed to force the ball out of the receiver's hand.
Steven Hauschka kicked two field goals before Manning let a wobbly pass get away from him and Kam Chancellor grabbed an easy interception.
Seattle took advantage with a seven-play drives, helped by a pass interference call in the end zone, culminated in Lynch punching the ball in from a yard out at the second attempt.
It was getting desperate at 15-0 down for Denver, but then Manning was hit by Cliff Avril as he went to throw and Smith jumped on the interception and rumbled it back 69 yards for their second touchdown of the game.
A strong half-time teamtalk was needed by Denver coach John Fox but, just as in the first half, Seattle scored after 12 seconds when the dangerous Harvin collected a short lofted kick off and weaved his way 87 yards to the house.
There was no let-up in Seattle's relentlessness and just as Manning started to get some sort of joy Smith grabbed his second turnover of the game as he picked up the ball following a Dameryius Thomas fumble.
That summed up Denver's day, and it got even worse when Kearse got into the end zone as he powered through some limp Denver tackling on a 23-yard TD pass from Wilson for 36-0.
Denver finally got on the board and ended Seattle's hopes of a shutout as Thomas caught a 14-yard pass from Manning late in the third quarter, but Seattle hit back and Doug Baldwin's 10-yard TD restored their 35-point lead.
There was still time for one more turnover with Seattle forcing a Manning fumble to complete a miserable night for the five-time league MVP, as Seattle proved the old adage that defence does win NFL championships.
You can watch highlights of Super Bowl XLVII on Sky Sports 2HD at midday and again at 5.30pm