Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII over Broncos

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Pete Carroll

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - On the first play from scrimmage in Super Bowl XLVIII, a bad snap went through Peyton Manning's hands into the end zone and all Knowshon Moreno could do was jump on top of it for a safety. That would be a precursor of what was to come for the Denver Broncos.

The Seattle Seahawks thoroughly dominated Manning and the Broncos to win their first Super Bowl in franchise history 43-8. Marshawn Lynch's 1-yard plunge following Kam Chancellor's interception of Manning put Seattle ahead 15-0.

On the Broncos' ensuing possession, disaster struck. On the 16th play of a long drive which did not include many easy yards, Manning's arm was hit by Cliff Avril while trying to throw and the ball fluttered into the waiting arms of Seahawks' linebacker Malcolm Smith who returned the interception 69 yards for a touchdown.

After an extended halftime headlined by Bruno Mars and featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff 87 yards for another score and the rout was on.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson completed 18 of 25 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns. But the story of the game was Seattle's swarming defense.