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Seahawks end Super Bowl drought Seattle ferocious defense overwhelm Broncos offense

EAST RUTHERFORD, United States, Feb 3, (Agencies): Seattle’s Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and the Seahawks’ ferocious defense overwhelmed Denver’s record-setting offense, forcing four turnovers on the way to a stunning 43-8 victory Sunday in Super Bowl 48. The Seahawks, owned by Microsoft co-founding billionaire Paul Allen, captured their first National Football League crown. Seattle lost to Pittsburgh in 2006 in the team’s only prior Super Bowl visit. “It’s such an amazing feeling to be able to take the Lombardi trophy back to Seattle,” Allen said. Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble to set up Wilson’s first scoring toss to earn Most Valuable Player honors as the Seahawks’ defense, which led the NFL in fewest points allowed and takeaways, humbled Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Seattle scored the most points by a Super Bowl team since Tampa Bay had 48 in a 2003 victory over Oakland and won by the most lopsided margin since Dallas defeated Buffalo 52-17 in 1993. “This is an amazing team,” Seahawks Pete Carroll said. “These guys would never take anything but winning this game.” Wilson, 25, won the title in only his second year in the NFL. “It feels great to win this title,” Wilson said. Denver suffered a record fifth Super Bowl defeat, but the team’s first since 1990. The Broncos won in their two prior trips to the title game in 1998 and 1999. Smith picked off Manning and scored with 3:21 remaining in the second quarter to give the Seahawks a 22-0 half-time edge.

Smith’s touchdown was the longest interception runback in a Super Bowl since Manning had a 74-yard pickoff returned for a touchdown by New Orleans defender Tracy Porter in 2010 to seal a loss for Manning’s former team, the Indianapolis Colts. Seattle’s Percy Harvin, who missed most of the season after hip surgery, returned the opening kickoff of the third quarter 87 yards for a touchdown for a 29-0 Seahawks lead. The Broncos surrendered their third turnover when Byron Maxwell knocked the ball from the grasp of Demaryius Thomas and Smith recovered. Seattle took advantage of the turnover when Russell Wilson flipped a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse for a 36-0 lead.

Denver avoided becoming the first team in Super Bowl history to go scoreless when Manning threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Thomas on the last play of the third quarter.
Thomas set a Super Bowl record with his 12th reception of the game on the play, which was followed by a two-point Manning conversion pass to Wes Welker to trim Seattle’s lead to 36-8.
But Wilson answered with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin to stretch Seattle’s lead to the final margin.
From there it was only a matter of time until the clock ran out and Seattle’s confetti-filled celebration began.
Denver’s offense set an NFL scoring record with 606 points this season and Manning set NFL one-season records with 5,477 passing yards and 55 touchdowns.
But Seattle denied the Broncos even a first down for nearly 20 minutes at the start.
And even though Manning set a Super Bowl record with his 33rd completion with nearly 10 minutes remaining, it was a hollow achievement.
Denver took the opening kickoff but it was Seattle that got points from the fastest scoring play in Super Bowl history.

Broncos center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball over Manning’s head from the 14-yard line and into the end zone, where rusher Knowshon Moreno fell upon it and was tackled for a safety, giving the Seahawks a 2-0 lead after only 12 seconds.
Seattle then marched 51 yards in nine plays to set up a 31-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka, who added another from 33 yards for a 8-0 Seahawks’ edge.
Manning confirmed his Hall of Fame credentials with another record-breaking season but his standing among the truly great quarterbacks remains uncertain after his Denver Broncos suffered a humiliating 43-8 Super Bowl loss on Sunday.
After collecting his fifth National Football League most valuable player award on Saturday, Manning’s place in the Canton, Ohio shrine is assured but the heavy loss against the Seattle Seahawks has left a cloud over his legacy.

With one Super Bowl win in three attempts, his historical impact will be left for others to debate in the coming years but on Sunday, the only thing on Manning’s mind was where it all went wrong.
“I think we played a great football team,” the 37-year-old Manning told reporters. “We needed to play really well in order to win and we didn’t come anywhere close to that.
“We weren’t sharp offensively from the get go.”
It was hardly a Hall of Fame worthy first quarter for Manning, who watched the opening snap sail over his head for a safety to put Denver in an early hole.
Manning, who tossed for a record 5,477 yards during the regular season, completed just two passes for five yards and an interception that the Seahawks turned into a touchdown and a 15-0 first quarter lead.
“The turnover on the first play of the game to give them a safety is not the way you want to start a game,” Manning added. “For whatever reason, we couldn’t get much going after that.
“Give Seattle credit, they are an excellent football team and they caused a lot of our mistakes.
“At the same time we just didn’t play well.”

The Denver offense managed just 11 net yards in a miserable opening quarter but the misfiring continued into the second when Manning was picked off by Seattle’s Malcolm Smith, who returned the ball for a 69-yard touchdown.
The half ended with the highest scoring offense of all-time held scoreless by Seattle’s top ranked defense and in a shocking 22-0 hole.
The situation soon went from grave to terminal when Percy Harvin returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown, handing Manning an insurmountable 29-0 mountain to climb.
Manning tried, going to the air and completing 34-of-49 pass attempts for 280 yards, but it was not nearly enough to erase the deficit.
“We got behind early and never could make a run to catch up,” he said. “We knew they were an excellent defense. They executed better than we did.
“Certainly to finish this way is very disappointing. It is not an easy pill to swallow, but eventually you have to.”

Thirteen times Manning has taken teams to the playoffs but he has hoisted the Vince Lombardi trophy just the once, a championship less than little brother Eli, who has twice led the New York Giants to NFL titles.
Two seasons on from missing a year due to neck surgeries, Manning produced a campaign for the ages, setting single season marks for touchdown passes (55) as well as yards.
With the Broncos tipped as Super Bowl favorites right from the start of season, Manning had been under mounting pressure to prove he can also get the job done when it counts and turn his record-smashing campaign into another Super Bowl title.
Manning continued to rewrite the record book at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, setting a Super Bowl record with 34 completions, but a second ring once again slipped through his fingers as Seattle’s ferocious defense left the Broncos quarterback under pressure and flustered.
“He’s disappointed like all of us but he had a tremendous year,” Denver head coach John Fox added. “I told him he had a great season, a record-breaking season and he just came up a little short tonight.”

Super Bowl Champions/MVPs
2014—Seattle (NFC) 43, Denver (AFC) 8
2013—Baltimore (AFC) 34, San Francisco (NFC) 31
2012—N.Y. Giants (NFC) 21, New England (AFC) 17
2011—Green Bay (NFC) 31, Pittsburgh (AFC) 25
2010—New Orleans (NFC) 31, Indianapolis (AFC) 17
2009—Pittsburgh (AFC) 27, Arizona (NFC) 23
2008—N.Y. Giants (NFC) 17, New England (AFC) 14
2007—Indianapolis (AFC) 29, Chicago (NFC) 17
2006—Pittsburgh (AFC) 21, Seattle (NFC) 10
2005—New England (AFC) 24, Philadelphia (NFC) 21
2004—New England (AFC) 32, Carolina (NFC) 29
2003—Tampa Bay (NFC) 48, Oakland (AFC) 21
2002—New England (AFC) 20, St. Louis (NFC) 17
2001—Baltimore Ravens (AFC) 34, N.Y. Giants (NFC) 7
2000—St. Louis (NFC) 23, Tennessee (AFC) 16
1999—Denver (AFC) 34, Atlanta (NFC) 19
1998—Denver (AFC) 31, Green Bay (NFC) 24
1997—Green Bay (NFC) 35, New England (AFC) 21
1996—Dallas (NFC) 27, Pittsburgh (AFC) 17
1995—San Francisco (NFC) 49, San Diego (AFC) 26
1994—Dallas (NFC) 30, Buffalo (AFC) 13
1993—Dallas (NFC) 52, Buffalo (AFC) 17
1992—Washington (NFC) 37, Buffalo (AFC) 24
1991—N.Y. Giants (NFC) 20, Buffalo (AFC) 19
1990—San Francisco (NFC) 55, Denver (AFC) 10
1989—San Francisco (NFC) 20, Cincinnati (AFC) 16
1988—Washington (NFC) 42, Denver (AFC) 10
1987—N.Y. Giants (NFC) 39, Denver (AFC) 20
1986—Chicago (NFC) 46, New England (AFC) 10
1985—San Francisco (NFC) 38, Miami (AFC) 16
1984—L.A. Raiders (AFC) 38, Washington (NFC) 9
1983—Washington (NFC) 27, Miami (AFC) 17
1982—San Francisco (NFC) 26, Cincinnati (AFC) 21
1981—Oakland (AFC) 27, Philadelphia (NFC) 10
1980—Pittsburgh (AFC) 31, L.A. Rams (NFC) 19
1979—Pittsburgh (AFC) 35, Dallas (NFC) 31
1978—Dallas (NFC) 27, Denver (AFC) 10
1977—Oakland (AFC) 32, Minnesota (NFC) 14
1976—Pittsburgh (AFC) 21, Dallas (NFC) 17
1975—Pittsburgh (AFC) 16, Minnesota (NFC) 6
1974—Miami (AFC) 24, Minnesota (NFC) 7
1973—Miami (AFC) 14, Washington (NFC) 7
1972—Dallas (NFC) 24, Miami (AFC) 3
1971—Baltimore Colts (AFC) 16, Dallas (NFC) 13
1970—Kansas City (AFL) 23, Minnesota (NFL) 7
1969—N.Y. Jets (AFL) 16, Baltimore Colts (NFL) 7
1968—Green Bay (NFL) 33, Oakland (AFL) 14
1967—Green Bay (NFL) 35, Kansas City (AFL) 10
2014—Malcolm Smith, LB, Seattle
2013—Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore
2012—Eli Manning, QB, N.Y. Giants
2011—Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay
2010—Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans
2009—Santonio Holmes, WR, Pittsburgh
2008—Eli Manning, QB, N.Y. Giants
2007—Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis
2006—Hines Ward, WR, Pittsburgh
2005—Deion Branch, WR, New England
2004—Tom Brady, QB, New England
2003—Dexter Jackson, FS, Tampa Bay
2002—Tom Brady, QB, New England
2001—Ray Lewis, LB, Baltimore
2000—Kurt Warner, QB, St. Louis
1999—John Elway, QB, Denver
1998—Terrell Davis, RB, Denver
1997—Desmond Howard, KR, Green Bay
1996—Larry Brown, CB, Dallas
1995—Steve Young, QB, San Francisco
1994—Emmitt Smith, RB, Dallas
1993—Troy Aikman, QB, Dallas
1992—Mark Rypien, QB, Washington
1991—Ottis Anderson, RB, N.Y. Giants
1990—Joe Montana, QB, San Francisco
1989—Jerry Rice, WR, San Francisco
1988—Doug Williams, QB, Washington
1987—Phil Simms, QB, N.Y. Giants
1986—Richard Dent, DE, Chicago
1985—Joe Montana, QB, San Francisco
1984—Marcus Allen, RB, L.A. Raiders
1983—John Riggins, RB, Washington
1982—Joe Montana, QB, San Francisco
1981—Jim Plunkett, QB, Oakland
1980—Terry Bradshaw, QB, Pittsburgh
1979—Terry Bradshaw, QB, Pittsburgh
1978—Randy White, DT and Harvey Martin, DE, Dallas
1977—Fred Biletnikoff, WR, Oakland
1976—Lynn Swann, WR, Pittsburgh
1975—Franco Harris, RB, Pittsburgh
1974—Larry Csonka, RB, Miami
1973—Jake Scott, S, Miami
1972—Roger Staubach, QB, Dallas
1971—Chuck Howley, LB, Dallas
1970—Len Dawson, QB, Kansas City
1969—Joe Namath, QB, N.Y. Jets
1968—Bart Starr, QB, Green Bay
1967—Bart Starr, QB, Green Bay

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