NBC NEWS -- Dominant. Unrelenting. Champions.
The Seattle Seahawks are all three and so much more after demolishing the Denver Broncos 43-8 to win their first Super Bowl on Sunday night.
Led by a suffocating and historic defensive effort, Seattle controlled the game from the outset, when the loud contingent of Seattle fans at MetLife Stadium helped force a Denver safety 12 seconds into the first quarter. The Seahawks battered Peyton Manning all game long, tipping passes and forcing a pair of interceptions, one of which Malcolm Smith returned for a touchdown.
Manning’s foil on Seattle, Russell Wilson, didn’t post eye-popping numbers but made several key plays on third down early in the game to keep Seattle’s offense moving and threw a pair of touchdown passes. The Seahawks also scored on the opening kickoff of the second half to effectively put the game out of reach for Denver before Manning even got to touch the ball in the third quarter.
For Manning, Super Bowl XLVIII will be remembered as a game full of mistakes and missed opportunities. From the safety to a turnover on downs deep in Seattle territory, the Broncos continually cost themselves yards and points and never appeared to settle into the game. In the end, the mistakes combined with the Seattle defense were simply too much for Manning and the Broncos.