For those who missed Super Bowl XLVIII, you really didn't miss much, except for maybe a few good commercials.
The Seattle Seahawks made the league's best offense in the Denver Broncos look completely ineffective, winning 43-8. Peyton Manning struggled, but this game was more about the domination by Seattle than Denver's struggles.
Things got off to a bad start quickly for the Broncos. On the very first play from scrimmage, Manning went up to the line of scrimmage to call something, but center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball early. The ball went all the way into the end zone, with Knowshon Moreno falling on it for a safety.
On the next Seahawks possession, they got very good field position, starting at their own 36-yard line. Denver's defense held up when the Seahawks got close, forcing just a field goal.
After a three-and-out from Manning and company, Steven Hauschka was able to get another field goal, putting the Seahawks up 8-0.
At that point, no one was really panicking. The Seahawks may have had the league's best defense, but these were the Broncos we were talking about. During the regular season, the Broncos put up 37.9 points per game and it felt like they wouldn't have a problem coming back from down just eight points.
Then, with a little over a minute left in the first quarter, Manning threw a crucial interception, sailing a pass high to Kam Chancellor. It was still a one-possession game, but Seattle was quickly dominating.
A few minutes later in the second quarter, the Seahawks were able to get their first touchdown of the game, as Marshawn Lynch found the end zone on a one-yard rush.
After that drive, it looked like the Broncos were finally able to get going. They had a 15-play drive that went 49 yards, but it was abruptly ended when Manning was hit while throwing. The ball went straight up in the air and Seattle's Malcolm Smith took it back 69 yards for a defensive touchdown.
Just like that, the Seahawks were up 22-0 and blowing out the Broncos.
That play, along with 10 total tackles and a fumble recovery, helped Smith earn the Super Bowl MVP award.
Broncos fans continued to hold on to the hope that Denver would come out at halftime and rally to make it a closer game. However, those hopes quickly faded away on the opening kickoff of the second half, as Percy Harvin—who had played in just two games all year—returned it 87 yards for a touchdown to put his team up 29-0.
The blowout didn't stop there.
Russell Wilson came up with a touchdown later in the quarter, finding Jermaine Kearse for a 23-yard score. Manning was finally able to get the Broncos on the board as the third quarter expired on a 14-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas, but by then it was too late, as Denver was down 36-8.
CBSSports.com's Will Brinson reports that Thomas broke a Super Bowl record for most receptions in a game on that play. Thomas finished with 13 receptions, 118 yards and a touchdown.
Wilson found Doug Baldwin for yet another touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter to go up 43-8 and that was the last score of the game, as the two sides just waited for the game to be over with.
In the end, the Seahawks were completely dominant in almost every aspect of the game, from offense to defense to special teams. The Legion of Boom made a huge statement by stopping the league's best offense, putting itself into a special category of Super Bowl defenses to go along with the Steel Curtain and the 1985 Chicago Bears.
There will be a lot of talk about Manning's legacy over the next few weeks, but the Seahawks deserve all the credit for one of the best Super Bowl performances ever.
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