Super Bowl XLVIII: Expert Takeaways from the NFL's Championship Game

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Super Bowl XLVIII: Expert Takeaways from the NFL's Championship Game
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It finally happened.

After training camp, the preseason, 17 long weeks of the regular season and a month of playoffs, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos entered MetLife Stadium Sunday armed with the knowledge one team would leave as champions of Super Bowl XLVIII.

It was the Seahawks who struck first, in stunning fashion, as the first snap of the game sailed over Peyton Manning's head and into the end zone for a safety.

Seattle added a field goal on the ensuing drive. And the drive after that. After a Manning interception led to a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run, the Broncos were left staring at a 15-0 hole.

The Broncos finally got something going offensively on the next drive, only to see Manning's second pick returned for a Malcolm Smith touchdown.

That's how the first half ended, with the Broncos down by 22. The most prolific offense in NFL history had been shut out.

From there, believe it or not, things got worse.

A Percy Harvin kick-return score jump-started the second half. Russell Wilson connected with Jermaine Kearse on a touchdown pass.

Still nothing from that record-setting Denver offense, until it finally got on the board with a touchdown and two-point conversion as the third quarter ended.

The Seahawks answered that touchdown with one of their own to close the scoring, stunning the Broncos, 43-8.

The NFL national and divisional lead writers here at Bleacher Report gathered after the game to shake off the surprise.

Here's what they had to say about the most shocking Super Bowl in recent memory.

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