Seattle Seahawks thrash Denver Broncos 43-8 to win Super Bowl
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The Seattle Seahawks have won their first ever Super Bowl title, defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8 in a one-sided encounter in New Jersey on Sunday.
Seattle’s defence, the stingiest in the NFL (National Football League), shut down the top-rated offence of the Broncos and record-setting quarterback Peyton Manning, creating four turnovers and turning what was expected to be a nail biter into an embarrassing rout for Denver.
"This is an amazing team," said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at the Lombardi Trophy presentation to the champions on the MetLife Stadium field. "These guys would not take anything but winning this ball game."
Seattle turned two interceptions into second-quarter touchdowns for a 22-0 lead at intermission, the second coming on a 69-yard interception return by linebacker Malcolm Smith, who received the Most Valuable Player award.
"It's just a tremendous feeling," said Smith. “It's the way our defence is set up. We just run to the ball. I'm just the one today. It happens all the time like this. It feels great."
The comprehensive victory began a mere 12 seconds in, with Seattle taking a 2-0 lead with the quickest score in Super Bowl history.
Steven Hauschka, who missed only 2 of 40 field goals entering the game, made a 31-yarder for 5-0 and a 33-yarder for 8-0 after Doug Baldwin toasted 15-year veteran cornerback Champ Bailey, in his first Super Bowl, for 37 yards on third down.
Then the Seahawks began scoring touchdowns.
Manning's third-down pass to Julius Thomas sailed way too high and directly to safety Kam Chancellor, giving the Seahawks the ball at Denver's 37. Harvin, finally healthy after a virtually wasted first season in Seattle, sparked the short drive with a 15-yard burst, and a third-down pass interference call on Tony Carter gave Seattle the ball at the 1.
Marshawn Lynch scored to make it 15-0. Then Smith, with a play emblematic of the best defence the NFL has seen in years, made his second huge play in two weeks.
Wilson outshines Manning
Cliff Avril got to Manning's arm as he was throwing, the ball fluttered directly to Smith, who took off down the left sideline for a 69-yard interception touchdown.
Manning trudged to the sideline, a look of disgust on his face.
That look did not improve when, after a drive to the Seattle 19, his fourth-down pass was tipped by Chris Clemons and fell harmlessly to the Meadowlands turf.
Second-year quarterback Russell Wilson, leading the second youngest team ever to play in a Super Bowl, took the spotlight from five-time NFL Most Valuable Player Manning by completing 18 of 25 passes for 206 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Manning, who set NFL records for most touchdown passes and yards passing in a single season, was throttled in the first quarter as Seattle put their stamp on the game by playing Denver receivers tight and registering crunching hits when they did catch the ball.
"We knew they were fast. It was still a matter of us doing our jobs better and we didn't do that tonight," said Manning, who failed in his attempt to win a second Super Bowl ring and who fell to 11-12 in his career postseason record.
"I think we played a great football team. We needed to play really well in order to win and we didn't come anywhere close to that."
Wilson, who has an NFL-record 28 wins in his first two pro seasons, including playoffs, had a 23-yard touch own pass to Jermaine Kearse late in the third quarter to make it 36-0.
Wilson also hit Doug Baldwin for a 10-yard score in the final period in what had become one of the most one-sided contests in Super Bowl history.
(FRANCE 24 with AP and REUTERS)