The number one defense took on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos' number one and record-setting offense in Super Bowl XLVIII. It only took one play from scrimmage to get the feel for how the game would go. On the first offense snap of the game, a botched snap (it came too early and flew right by Manning was he was giving presnap instructions) ended as a safety, giving the Seahawks an early 2-0 lead.
After that, it was all Seahawks. They forced four turnovers, including an interception returned for a touchdown by linebacker Malcolm Smith, who was named the Super Bowl MVP.
Russell Wilson was not flashy, but did not make mistakes. He finished 18/25 for 206 yards and two scores and a passer rating of 123.1.
Peyton Manning had a Super Bowl record 34 completions, but it wasn't until the team was down 36-0 that the offense appeared to finally get into a rhythm. Manning finished 34/49 for 280 yards, one touchdown and two picks, goood for a passer rating of 73.5. His favorite target was receiver Demaryius Thomas, who had 13 receptions for 118 yards and the team's only touchdown.
Denver did do defensively what it set out to do -- contain Marshawn Lynch. He was limited to 39 yards on 15 carries, but the Seattle offense rushed for 135 yards total, as they got big plays from Percy Harvin on two carries.
Special teams play was big. The Seattle kick coverage team on more than one occasion, stopping Denevr kick returner Trindon Holliday deep in Denver territory, including on the opening kickoff before the botched snap and safety. On the opening kick of the second half, Percy Harvin took the ball 87 yards for a touchdown as well.
Congrats are in order for Seattle, the best team in the best division in football. Wilson becomes the third-youngest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl, behind only Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger.
Some former Arizona Cardinals got to play in the game. On the Seattle side, linebacker O'Brien Schofield had a tackle. For the Broncos, linebacker Paris Lenon was credited with two tackles and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie picked up one tackle.
Here is our network coverage. Head on over to Field Gulls to congratulate the fans there, or you could also offer condolences to the Broncos fans at Mile High Report.
From the winners:
Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks vs Broncos news, notes, injury reports & analysis - Field Gulls
The Seahawks defeat San Francisco to become the NFC Champions. This is really happening.
From the losers:
Super Bowl XLVIII: Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks - Mile High Report
Peyton Manning and company will have to hope for next year after a 43-8 drubbing at the hands of the world champion Seahawks.
Full network coverage:
The Seattle Seahawks are world champions, beating the Denver Broncos by a final score of 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, 2014.