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The first snap of Super Bowl 48 very much dictated what kind of game it was going to be between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. A bad snap over the head of Peyton Manning wound up in the end zone, forcing Knowshon Moreno to fall on it, quickly giving Seattle a 2-0 lead. It would only get worse for Manning and Denver from then on out!
Seattle quickly added three more points after the free kick from Denver. The top rated Seahawks defense would force the Broncos to a 3 and out and once more added three more points after Place Kicker Steven Hauschka hit his 2nd field goal of the game to give the Seahawks a 8-0 lead.
The Seahawks defense would again cause problems for the top rated Broncos offense! On the Denver's ensuing possession, Manning had a pass deflected on 3rd Down that ended up in the hands of Seahawks Safety, Kam Chancellor. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks would this time make good on a golden opportunity!
After a Pass Interference call on Broncos Cornerback, Tony Carter, in the endzone, Seattle was set up with a 1st & Goal at the Denver 1 yd. line. Two plays later, Marshawn Lynch would take it in from one yard out after a nice block by Fullback Michael Robinson set up the touchdown (TD) for Lynch. Down 15-0, the Broncos needed to respond quickly and appeared well on their way in doing so!
Starting from their own 15, Denver quickly established a rhythm. Demaryius Thomas had 5 catches for 26 yards and Wes Welker had a big 16 yard reception on 3rd and 9 to keep the drive going. However, after a tripping penalty on Zane Beadles and a 2 yard loss by Tight End Jacob Tamme, Denver was facing a 2nd & 22. On 3rd & 13 Manning attempted a pass and would get hit in the process by Cliff Avril, causing the ball to be bobbled and float in the air which allowed Malcolm Smith to intercept the ball and return it for a pick 6! Just when it seemed Denver had some momentum going, Seattle's Defense stepped up once again, giving the Seahawks a 22-0 lead!
Denver would escape disaster after a fumble recovery by Seattle on the ensuing kickoff was overturned as Trindon Holliday was ruled down and gave the ball back to the Broncos. Denver again would drive into Seattle territory, but shot themselves in the foot again. A false start on 3rd & 4 moved Denver back five yards. After picking seven yards back up and facing a 4th & 2, Denver elected to go for it, but again Seattle's defense applied great pressure and Chris Clemons got a hand on the ball to cause a deflection and force an incomplete pass and turnover on downs. Seattle would run the clock out and go up 22 heading into the half.
Seattle, just like in the 1st half, put together a quick score (both exactly in 12 seconds) when Percy Harvin returned a kickoff 87 yards for a TD and Seattle was now up 29-0! The Seattle secondary continued to take it to the Denver offense! Denver who was forced to punt on their first possession of the 2nd half, turned the ball over after Manning hit Demaryius Thomas for a completion, but thanks to Byron Maxwell knocking the ball out, allowing teammate Malcom Smith to come up with the fumble recovery.
Not to be outdone by his Defensive teammates, Russell Wilson put together a nice drive following the turnover! Wilson went 3 of 4 for for 54 yards, including a 23 yard TD Pass to Jermaine Kearse to cap off the drive. The Seattle defense would finally break as Denver would finally respond with a scoring drive of its own after going 80 yards in 6 plays for a TD when Manning hooked up with Demaryius Thomas. Denver would convert on the 2 point conversion to make it 36-8 Seattle at the close of the 3rd Quarter.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks would again put together and nice drive and respond to Denver's scoring drive quickly, with Wilson going 5 for 5 for 58 yards including a 10 yard TD Pass to Doug Baldwin. While Wilson finished 18 of 25 for 206 yds and 2TD's, it was the Seattle Defense that made the initial and biggest difference in this game! Seattle forced 4 turnovers (2 Interceptions, 2 Fumbles) with the first 3 resulting in 21 points for the Seahawks! Peyton Manning finished the day 34 of 49, 280 yds. 1 TD 2 INT and was sacked once which resulted with a lost fumble in the process.
Seattle dominated and controlled the game from the very get go and proved that defense wins championship's as the number one defense of the Seattle Seahawks annihilated the number one offense of the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl XLVIII by a final score of 43-8!
Notes: Demaryius Thomas broke a Super Bowl record for most receptions with 13 , a record previously held by Deion Branch, Jerry Rice, Dan Ross, Wes Welker with 11.
Floyd Mayweather lost his 10.4 Million Dollar bet he placed on the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl
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Malcolm Smith was named Super Bowl XLVIII MVP ( 9 Tackles, 69 yard INT return for TD)
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