February 3

Seahawks beat Broncos 43-8 in runaway Super Bowl

The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl title Sunday night in overpowering fashion, punishing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

By Barry Wilner
The Associated Press

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is doused with Gatorade late in the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8.

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Denver Broncos’ Knowshon Moreno is tackled by Seattle Seahawks’ Chris Clemons, left, and Cliff Avril during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.

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That one ended much better for Manning as Indianapolis won the championship. This one was a fiasco throughout, dropping Manning to 11-12 in the postseason.

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 defense the NFL has seen in years, made his second huge play in two weeks.

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 TD.

Manning trudged to the sideline, a look of disgust on his face.

That look didn’t 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.

So did Denver’s reputation as an unstoppable force.

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Fans play an interactive video game outside MetLife Stadium before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos Sunday.

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Football fans enter the Secaucus Junction, on Sunday in Secaucus, N.J. The Seattle Seahawks play the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday evening at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, left, react for photos as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, leave after a ceremony to pass official hosting duties of next year’s Super Bowl to Arizona on Saturday.

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