Two weeks of hype came to a boil Sunday, as the Denver Broncos and the NFL’s No. 1 offense took on the Seattle Seahawks and the league’s No. 1 defense in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.
Las Vegas expected a tight contest, a 2.5-point spread favoring the “home” Broncos. What transpired was a blowout in the other direction.
It started with the coin toss, which Seattle won. The Seahawks chose to defer, handing the opening possession to the high-flying Broncos offense.
But instead of marching down the field – as the Broncos tend to do – crowd noise led to confusion on the Denver offensive line, and the first snap of the game sailed past Peyton Manning and into the end zone for a safety.
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It was the quickest scoring play in Super Bowl history, just 12 seconds into the game – and things never got better for Denver.
Two Manning interceptions, including a 69-yard pick-six by Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith; four Denver fumbles (two lost); another 12-second scoring play to open the second half, as Percy Harvin took the kickoff to the house; a solid effort by the Seahawks offense at moving the chains and keeping Peyton off the field; it all spelled doom for the Mile High team.
Peyton’s face on that opening mis-snap said it all for the night:
In the end, the Seattle Seahawks stood tall with a 43-8 win, earning the franchise’s first-ever Lombardi Trophy.
Following his Super Bowl MVP performance, Smith joined SiriusXM NFL Radio:
SiriusXM NFL Radio also caught up with an emotional Red Bryant.
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