The Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII over the Denver Broncos by a score of 43-8, and Bleacher Report has you covered with highlights of every score in the game.
Coming into the big game, the matchup featuring Peyton Manning and Denver's league-best offense against Richard Sherman and Seattle's "Legion of Boom" was believed to be the most pivotal.
The battle turned out to be completely one-sided, as Seattle put the clamps down on Denver's vaunted passing attack. The Seahawks earned the Lombardi Trophy by making all of the big plays at all of the critical moments.
Here's how the game unfolded.
It didn't take long for the Seahawks to jump on the board with a safety to go up by a score of 2-0.
On Denver's first offensive snap, center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball over Manning's head and into the end zone.
As described by the Seahawks' official Twitter account, Denver's poor start included a penalty that was obviously declined:
Bad snap. False start. Penalty declined. SAFETY! Seahawks lead 2-0 after the first play from scrimmage. #SB48— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) February 2, 2014
Thankfully for the Broncos, running back Knowshon Moreno jumped on the ball in the end zone; otherwise the Seahawks could have potentially scored a defensive touchdown to open the game.
Following Denver's free kick, Seattle marched down the field on a nine-play scoring drive that chewed up 51 yards (and more importantly, nearly four-and-a-half minutes of valuable clock).
Percy Harvin made the biggest play of the drive, taking a fly sweep down the left sideline for 30 yards before getting shoved out of bounds. He nearly took it the full distance for the score, as Denver's defense was unprepared for his blazing speed off the edge.
Stephen Hauschka finished off the drive with an easy 31-yard field goal that put the Seahawks up by five to open the game. Interestingly enough, as pointed out by CBS Sports' Eye on Football, Seattle became the first team in Super Bowl history with exactly five points:
Seahawks are the only team in Super Bowl history to have exactly five points at any point in the game.— Eye on Football (@EyeOnNFL) February 2, 2014
After forcing the Broncos into a three-and-out on Denver's second offensive possession, Seattle went right back to work, engineering a 13-play, 58-yard scoring drive that took well over six minutes off the clock.
Russell Wilson was firing darts, especially on third down, as pointed out by Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Wilson 4-for-4 on 3rd downs. #Seahawks don’t need Lynch to do anything at that rate— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) February 3, 2014
His gorgeous 37-yard strike to Doug Baldwin set up the team in scoring position. Baldwin beat veteran Champ Bailey down the left sideline, and Wilson found him for the huge gain.
Hauschka finished up the drive with a 33-yard field goal.
On Denver's next offensive possession, Seattle came up with another huge play, this time on the defensive side. On 3rd-and-7, Manning threw a poor pass under pressure to tight end Julius Thomas that sailed over his head and into the arms of safety Kam Chancellor.
After the interception, the Seahawks were already well into Denver territory at the 37-yard line. Denver appeared to hold serve with a strong defensive effort, but a pass-interference penalty on Golden Tate gave the Seahawks the ball on the 1-yard line.
Two plays later, Marshawn Lynch rumbled into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game.
The score put Seattle up by two scores with most of three quarters remaining, and Denver desperately needed to respond. The Broncos needed to do something that had previously never been done before, as ESPN Stats & Info relayed:
No team has ever overcome a deficit of more than 10 points in Super Bowl history. #SB48— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 3, 2014
Just when Broncos fans thought it couldn't get any worse, it did.
After Denver finally converted its first third down of the game in the second quarter, it appeared Manning and his offense may have had something going for the first time.
Denver drove down into Seattle territory, converting four third downs in the process, before Manning threw his second interception of the game.
He was hit on the pass, and the ball popped up into the air. Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith pounced on it and took it to the house for a touchdown.
This score put Seattle up by three touchdowns, and it was the longest scoring play in the Super Bowl since Tracy Porter's pick-six with the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV, as noted by CBS Sports' Will Brinson:
Seattle’s TD pick six was the longest Super Bowl TD since ……. Tracy Porter’s pick six. Against Peyton Manning. Oof.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) February 3, 2014
Just as it did in the first half, Seattle's second half started off with a bang.
Denver kicker Matt Prater had a choice to make when he started off the second half with a kickoff, with Seattle's Harvin waiting on the opposite end of the field.
Rather than give Harvin a chance to return it, Prater pooched the kickoff. It was actually a perfect kick, as Harvin couldn't return it until after it bounced, but it didn't matter. The Broncos watched helplessly as the speedy receiver took the ball 87 yards for the touchdown, dodging would-be tacklers with ease.
What Denver really needed to open the half was a big defensive stop and then an offensive score, but instead the Seahawks busted the game wide open.
Another Broncos offensive possession turned into a turnover when Demaryius Thomas coughed up the football in Seattle territory. Denver had been driving once again, but Byron Maxwell surgically punched the ball out, and linebacker Smith came up with his second turnover of the game on the fumble recovery.
Starting out at its own 42-yard line, Seattle made its way down to Denver's 23-yard line after a couple of big completions by Wilson. Then, the quarterback hit Jermaine Kearse on a slant, and the big receiver broke through a couple of defenders on his way into the end zone.
It was just another reminder that, on this night, the Seahawks were clearly the aggressor, while Denver never got past the "react" state of mind.
Well, it was bound to happen at some point. The Broncos finally scored their first points of the game just as the third quarter came to a close.
Doing his best to atone for his earlier mistake, Demaryius Thomas made an incredibly acrobatic 14-yard touchdown grab on a well-thrown but tough-to-reach pass by Manning.
The ball was placed where only Thomas could reach it, and he hauled it in—his 12th catch of the game, which was a new Super Bowl record, per Eye on Football:
Demaryius Thomas' touchdown catch was his 12th of the game, setting a new Super Bowl record for most catches in a game.— Eye on Football (@EyeOnNFL) February 3, 2014
Down by five scores before the touchdown, Denver had to go for two points. Manning hit Wes Welker for the conversion, pulling the Broncos to within 28 points of the Seahawks with one quarter remaining.
It didn't take long for Seattle to once again stick a dagger into Denver's heart.
The Seahawks marched right down the field following Denver's first score of the game, covering 48 yards on five plays. Wilson connected with receiver Doug Baldwin on a 10-yard touchdown pass, putting Seattle up by an insurmountable score of 43-8.
Baldwin's effort was indicative of Seattle's unrelenting approach, as he sold out his body to reach the end zone to score the touchdown after the catch.
Seattle completely dominated this game from start to finish. It was never even close.
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