Seattle’s Sunday Best

Danny Polk

On the first play of the game, Denver
Broncos center Manny Ramirez
snapped the ball unexpectedly to
quarterback Peyton Manning. The
ball bounced into the end zone
where it was eventually recovered
for a safety. Things never got better
for the Denver faithful as the Seattle
Seahawks took Super Bowl XLVIII
43-8, the second largest margin in the
game’s history.
The dominating Seahawks defense,
tagged the Legion of Boom, held Denver
to just 15 yards of offense in the
first quarter as Manning and company
struggled to get out of the gates. Leading
8-0 after two redzone field goals
by Steve Hauschka, Seattle safety and
Virginia Tech graduate Kam Chancellor
intercepted a pass-rush-hindered
throw by Manning. The Seahawks
punched in a touchdown to go up 15-
0, but the beatdown didn’t stop there.
On Denver’s ensuing possession, another
deflected Manning pass was
intercepted and returned for a touchdown
by the game’s eventual MVP,
Malcolm Smith, to widen the lead to
22-0.
After the intermission, the Seahawks
continued where they left off.
Seattle wide receiver Percy Harvin,
who missed the majority of the season
due to injury, returned the opening
kickoff for a touchdown.
As the Denver offense continued
to stall, Seattle quarterback and Richmond,
Virginia (Collegiate) product
Russell Wilson connected on a 23-
yard touchdown pass to Jermaine
Kearse extending the lead to 36-0 before
Denver was even able get on the
board.
Manning, undoubtedly a future
first ballot hall of famer, kept about his
business throwing a 14-yard touchdown
pass to Demarius Thomas and
converting a two-point conversion as
the third quarter came to a close.
Another Wilson touchdown pass
concluded the night’s scoring as Seattle’s
reserves saw the majority of
fourth quarter action.
Wilson threw for 206 yards and
two touchdowns in his first Super
Bowl appearance. Manning quietly
set a Super Bowl completions record
as he completed 34 of 49 attempts for
280 yards. His favorite target, Thomas,
also set a record with his 13 receptions.
Seahawks fourth-year coach Pete
Carroll became the third head coach
in National Football League history
to win both an NCAA championship,
which he did twice with the University
of Southern California, and a
Super Bowl. This year’s game drew a
record 115 million viewers.

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