No contest: Seattle routs Denver in Super Bowl XVLIII
One of the most anticipated Super Bowls ever turned into the biggest route in the game in 21 years.
Seattle forced four turnovers, and intercepted Peyton Manning twice on the way to a 43-8 win Sunday night at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey. Seattle won its first Super Bowl crown and denied Manning the chance to be the first starting quarterback to lead two different franchises to victory.
The 35 point margin was biggest in a Super Bowl since Dallas routed Buffalo 52-17 on January 31, 1993 at the Rose Bowl.
Denver’s poor play started from the beginning.
On the first play from scrimmage, as Manning attempted to call an audible, the ball was snapped. Knowshown Moreno covered the ball in the Denver endzone for a safety.
Seattle busted the game open in the second quarter. Manning was hit by Cliff Avril. The ball was pulled out of the air by linebacker Malcolm Smith who raced 69 yards for a touchdown.
Smith was named the game’s most valuable player.
Seattle led 22-0.
On the opening kickoff of the second half, Seattle’s Percy Harvin raced 87 yards to give his team a 29-0 lead.
“Certainly to finish this way is very disappointing,” said Manning. “It is not an easy pill to swallow.”
The defeat was Manning’s second in a Super Bowl in four years. The Colts lost to the Saints 31-17 on February 7, 2010 in Miami.