The Seattle Seahawks decimated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday in one of the most lopsided Super Bowl defeats in NFL history. The game, which took place at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, pitted Denver’s first-ranked offense led by quarterback Peyton Manning against Seattle’s first-ranked defense and quarterback Russell Wilson.
The game went badly for Denver’s offense from the first moments of the game, when a wayward snap escaped Manning’s clutches and ended up as a safety and 2-0 lead for Seattle. These points, which came with 14:48 left in the first quarter, were the fastest points
scored to begin a game in Super Bowl history. Things did not get much better from there for the Broncos, who failed to convert a single first down in the first quarter, and did not score until a Manning touchdown and subsequent two-point conversion at the end of the third quarter. The eight points on that drive that would end up being their only points of the game.
The Seahawks defense, on the other hand, dominated in every aspect of the game. Their defense scored more points than the Broncos offense, and forced an interception that resulted a 69-yard return for a touchdown by linebacker Malcolm Smith, who was named the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player. Things were going so well for Seattle that it had many second-string players on the field in both the third and fourth quarters.
This was a disappointing loss to cap off a record-setting season for the Broncos, who finished the season 13-3 and scored the most total points during a season in NFL history. Also, Peyton Manning was looking to win his second Super Bowl and silence claims that he did not come up clutch in big games. Meanwhile, the Seahawks are celebrating a spectacular season and their first NFL championship in franchise history. Wilson, Seattle’s 25-year-old star quarterback, became the third youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl.