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.
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.
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.
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.
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