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SuperBowl Bust – Seattle Humiliated Denver 43-8

With Denver set as 2-point favorites going into the game, no one could’ve predicted the route that the Seahawks would put on the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. But with Seattle hitting on all cylinders on Sunday, whether it was offense, defense or special teams, they were able to notch a 43-8 victory to take home their first Lombardi Trophy.

The Seahawks were able to hold the Broncos to just 306 total yards on Sunday night, while they were able to get 341 of their own on offense. However, it was the two forced interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, that would be the main storyline. Along with those two interceptions, Peyton Manning threw a handful of other passes that he was lucky weren’t taken the other way. Despite being the MVP in the NFL this year, Manning had a game that he would quickly like to forget. However, with his future in the air, it may take a while for him to get past this one.

For the Seahawks, Russell Wilson was able to return to the form that fans were used to seeing during the regular season. Unlike Manning, Wilson didn’t turn the ball over at all, and he finished the game 18-25 for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson was the first quarterback in Super Bowl history to have at least a 70% passing percentage and throw for over 200 yards and two touchdowns, without being named the MVP of the game.

 

The X-factor for the Seahawks was Percy Harvin. After missing majority of the season due to injuries, Harvin opened the second half with a 87-yard return that you could just feel take the wind out of the Broncos sails. Harvin would add 50 additional yards on three offensive touches for the Seahawks.

After a year of such accomplishments and achievements, this game is obviously a letdown to Broncos players and fans. Seattle simple overpowered Denver in nearly every aspect of the game, and it was one of the more lopsided Super Bowls in recent memory. The question before the game was whether or not a formidable defense could slow down an unstoppable defense, which the Seahawks proved they could do easily. The way that the Seahawks played on Sunday, it’s not a far stretch to say that they are one of the best defenses to ever line up for a NFL Championship.

Late in the fourth quarter, Richard Sherman was taken off the field and it was announced that he had sustained a high ankle sprain. Luckily, the defender who had been the center of controversy the last two weeks was no longer needed, and his impact had already been felt.

Joining Sherman on defense was Malcolm Smith, who earned the MVP Trophy in the game. Smith returned that Manning interception in the second quarter, recovered a fumble in the second half and was an anchor on the defense all night long. Smith became just the third linebacker to win the award, the others being Ray Lewis and Chuck Howley.

Fans will probably wish that this game would’ve been a bit more competitive. But for those who picked the Seahawks to pull the upset in this one, it was a great opportunity to cash in on the 2-point line originally gave to the Broncos.

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER SEA DEN
SF 14:48 Knowshon Moreno Tackled In End Zone By Cliff Avril  2 0
FG 10:21 Steven Hauschka 31 Yd 5 0
FG 02:16 Steven Hauschka 33 Yd 8 0
SECOND QUARTER SEA DEN
TD 12:00 Marshawn Lynch 1 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick) 15 0
TD 03:21 Malcolm Smith 69 Yd Interception Return (Steven Hauschka Kick) 22 0
THIRD QUARTER SEA DEN
TD 14:48 Percy Harvin 87 Yd Kickoff Return (Steven Hauschka Kick) 29 0
TD 02:58 Jermaine Kearse 23 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick) 36 0
TD 00:00 Demaryius Thomas 14 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Peyton Manning Pass To Wes Welker For Two-Point Conversion) 36 8
FOURTH QUARTER SEA DEN
TD 11:45 Doug Baldwin 10 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick) 43 8

Team Stat Comparison

SEA
DEN
1st Downs 17 18
Passing 1st downs
10 13
Rushing 1st downs
6 2
1st downs from Penalties
1 3
3rd down efficiency
7-12 6-13
4th down efficiency
0-2 0-3
Total Plays 55 64
Total Yards 341 306
Yards per play 6.2 4.8
Total Drives 10 11
Passing 206 279
Comp – Att
18-26 34-49
Yards per pass
7.9 5.7
Interceptions thrown
0 2
Sacks – Yards Lost
0-0 1-1
Rushing 135 27
Rushing Attempts
29 14
Yards per rush
4.7 1.9
Red Zone (Made-Att) 2-4 1-2
Penalties 10-104 5-44
Turnovers 0 4
Fumbles lost
0 2
Interceptions thrown
0 2
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 2 0
Possession 31:53 28:07
Seattle Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS QBR RTG
R. Wilson 18/25 206 8.2 2 0 0-0 88.1 123.1
T. Jackson 0/1 0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0.0 39.6
Team 18/26 206 7.9 2 0 0-0
Denver Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS QBR RTG
P. Manning 34/49 280 5.7 1 2 1-1 24.4 73.5
Team 34/49 279 5.7 1 2 1-1
Seattle Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LG
P. Harvin 2 45 22.5 0 30
M. Lynch 15 39 2.6 1 18
R. Wilson 3 26 8.7 0 16
R. Turbin 9 25 2.8 0 6
Team 29 135 4.7 1 30
Denver Rushing
CAR YDS AVG TD LG
K. Moreno 5 17 3.4 0 9
C. Anderson 2 9 4.5 0 6
M. Ball 6 1 0.2 0 3
P. Manning 1 0 0.0 0 0
Team 14 27 1.9 0 9
Seattle Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
D. Baldwin 5 66 13.2 1 37 5
J. Kearse 4 65 16.3 1 24 5
R. Lockette 1 19 19.0 0 19 2
G. Tate 3 17 5.7 0 9 4
L. Willson 2 17 8.5 0 12 4
Z. Miller 1 10 10.0 0 10 2
M. Robinson 1 7 7.0 0 7 1
P. Harvin 1 5 5.0 0 5 2
R. Turbin 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
Team 18 206 11.4 2 37 26
Denver Receiving
REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
D. Thomas 13 118 9.1 1 23 18
W. Welker 8 84 10.5 0 22 10
J. Thomas 4 27 6.8 0 11 6
K. Moreno 3 20 6.7 0 7 4
C. Anderson 1 14 14.0 0 14 1
J. Tamme 2 9 4.5 0 11 2
E. Decker 1 6 6.0 0 6 5
M. Ball 2 2 1.0 0 1 3
Team 34 280 8.2 1 23 49
Seattle Fumbles
FUM LOST REC
C. McDonald 0 0 1
M. Smith 0 0 1
Team 0 0 2
Denver Fumbles
FUM LOST REC
P. Manning 1 1 0
D. Thomas 1 1 0
M. Ramirez 1 0 0
K. Moreno 1 0 0
Team 4 2 0
Seattle Interceptions
INT YDS TD
M. Smith 1 69 1
K. Chancellor 1 2 0
Team 2 71 1
Denver Interceptions
INT YDS TD
Team 0 0 0
Seattle Defensive
TACKLES MISC
TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
K. Chancellor 10 6 0 0 2 0 0
M. Smith 10 6 0 0 1 0 1
B. Wagner 10 5 0 0 0 0 0
E. Thomas 7 6 0 1 1 0 0
K. Wright 7 5 0 1 0 0 0
C. McDonald 5 3 0 0 0 1 0
B. Maxwell 4 4 0 0 0 0 0
C. Avril 3 3 0 1 2 2 0
B. Mebane 3 3 0 1 0 0 0
C. Clemons 3 2 1 1 1 1 0
R. Sherman 3 2 0 0 1 0 0
W. Thurmond 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Irvin 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
M. Bennett 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
H. Farwell 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
R. Lockette 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Lane 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Coleman 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Maragos 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. McDaniel 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
O. Schofield 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
M. Robinson 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Baldwin 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team 84 55 1 6 8 4 1
Denver Defensive
TACKLES MISC
TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
D. Trevathan 12 7 0 1 0 0 0
D. Ihenacho 9 5 0 0 0 0 0
M. Adams 6 6 0 0 0 0 0
M. Jackson 5 4 0 0 1 0 0
T. Knighton 5 4 0 1 0 0 0
C. Bailey 4 4 0 0 0 0 0
N. Irving 4 3 0 0 1 0 0
S. Phillips 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Mincey 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
W. Woodyard 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
S. Williams 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. Thomas 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
P. Lenon 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
M. Unrein 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
B. Marshall 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Carter 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Rodgers-Cromartie 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Tamme 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Clark 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
R. Ayers 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Team 70 48 0 3 2 0 0
Seattle Kick Returns
NO YDS AVG LG TD
P. Harvin 1 87 87.0 87 1
G. Tate 1 20 20.0 20 0
Team 2 107 53.5 87 1
Denver Kick Returns
NO YDS AVG LG TD
T. Holliday 5 105 21.0 32 0
Team 5 105 21.0 32 0
Seattle Punt Returns
NO YDS AVG LG TD
Team 0 0 0.0 0 0
Denver Punt Returns
NO YDS AVG LG TD
E. Decker 1 9 9.0 9 0
Team 1 9 9.0 9 0
Seattle Kicking
FG PCT LONG XP PTS
S. Hauschka 2/2 100.0 33 5/5 11
Team 2/2 100.0 33 5/5 11
Denver Kicking
FG PCT LONG XP PTS
Team 0/0 0.0 0/0 0
Seattle Punting
TOT YDS AVG TB -20 LG
J. Ryan 1 45 45.0 0 0 45
Team 1 45 45.0 0 0 45
Denver Punting
TOT YDS AVG TB -20 LG
B. Colquitt 2 60 30.0 0 1 31
Team 2 60 30.0 0 1 31
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