Super Bowl 2014: Best in-Game Reactions from Seahawks vs. Broncos

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIFebruary 2, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his team won Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Seahawks beat the Broncos 43-8.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Super Bowl is the biggest stage in professional sports, and when the Denver Broncos took on the Seattle Seahawks, it was a safe bet that there were going to be a lot of memorable reactions to some of the biggest plays of the game.

The Seahawks took down the Broncos 43-8, and it really wasn't a close game. Seattle dominated in nearly every single way, completely shutting down Peyton Manning and arguably the greatest offense in NFL history.

With a game like this, there were a lot of emotional reactions, so let's take a look at some of the most memorable ones.

 

Malcolm Smith Returns Interception for Touchdown

It was a really tough game for Manning, and after getting hit and lobbing up a duck pass, Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith picked him off and returned the ball 69 yards for a touchdown.

The reaction from the Legion of Boom and the 12th Man was priceless. Manning, however, was in complete disbelief. 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02:  Outside linebacker Malcolm Smith #53 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates his 69-yard touchdown with teammates after intercepting a pass thrown by quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos intended for running
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02:  Outside linebacker Malcolm Smith #53 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates his 69-yard touchdown with teammates after intercepting a pass thrown by quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos intended for running
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02:  Outside linebacker Malcolm Smith #53 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates his 69-yard touchdown with teammates after intercepting a pass thrown by quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos intended for running
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The return capped off an embarrassing first half for the Broncos, with the touchdown putting Seattle up 22-0 with around three-and-a-half minutes remaining in the second quarter. 

The play was a big one for Smith, as he went on to win the Super Bowl MVP award and was the first player to return an interception for a touchdown and recover a fumble in the game.

 

Percy Harvin Takes Kickoff to the House

Things weren't looking good at halftime, but knowing Peyton, Broncos fans hadn't lost hope when they were down 22-0 after the first half.

After the opening kickoff of the second half, however, it was pretty obvious that this game was over. Harvin returned a short kickoff 87 yards to the house, and his teammates went crazy.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: Wide receiver Percy Harvin #11 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates his 2nd half kickoff return during the third quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo b
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Despite only playing in two total games this regular season and postseason, Harvin was a major impact player for Seattle. He had that big 87-yard score, but he also had 45 rushing yards on just two carries, adding a reception for five yards as well.

Although he's struggled to stay healthy, fans were obviously thrilled with how big Harvin was in this game and are now even more excited to see what he can do in 2014.

 

Pete Carroll Gets Gatorade Bath

Some may argue that this shouldn't count as an "in-game reaction," but there was still technically time on the clock, so I'm counting head coach Pete Carroll's Gatorade bath as one of the best moments from the game.

With the game wrapped up, Russell Wilson and Zach Miller snuck up behind Carroll and gave him the ceremonial Gatorade bath, completely soaking him with the game wrapping up. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02:  Tight end Zach Miller #86 and quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks dump Gatorade on head coach Pete Carroll in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on Fe
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02:  Tight end Zach Miller #86 and quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks dump Gatorade on head coach Pete Carroll in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on Fe
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After several attempts at becoming a successful NFL head coach, Carroll has finally found a home in Seattle. After having so much success at USC and winning two national championships (one later vacated) in college, Carroll can now add a Super Bowl title to his long list of accomplishments.