The Seattle Seahawks’ defense forced four turnovers, picking off two passes by Denver’s Peyton Manning and recovering two fumbles on the way to their first-ever NFL championship, beating the Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII AT MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The defense helped Seattle become the first Super Bowl team to ever score touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams, and with a safety. Their intensity was marked by the fact that linebacker Malcom Smith was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after running an interception back 69 yards for a score and recovering a fumble. The safety came on the first play of the game when Denver center Manny Ramirez snapped the football early, and it went sizzling past Manning and through the end zone.
Seattle also scored on touchdown passes from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin, a TD run by Marshawn Lynch and an 87-yard kickoff return by Percy Harvin, which started the second half and extended the Seahawks’ lead to 29-0. Steven Hauschka kicked a pair of first-quarter field goals.
Denver’s only score came on a pass from Manning to Demaryius Thomas with 2:58 remaining in the third quarter. Manning then found Wes Welker with a pass for a two-point conversion. Thomas set a Super Bowl record with 13 catches for 118 yards.
Wilson completed 18-of-25 passes for 206 yards with no interceptions. Manning was 34-for-49 for 280 yards with two picks.