The Seattle Seahawks trounced the Denver Broncos 43-8 Sunday in the 48th annual American football Super Bowl held in MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The Seahawks' vaunted defense completely dominated Denver's equally celebrated offense, led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. They forced Denver into four turnovers, including two interceptions by Manning, one of them returned 69 yards for a touchdown by linebacker Malcolm Smith to give the Seahawks a 22-0 lead before halftime.
"We got great play out of everybody," said an elated Pete Carroll, coach of the Seattle Seahawks. "We got pressure up front, they couldn't run the football, we made plays on the ball, we turned the thing over like we like, so it really wasn't about those guys, our guys just played the way we always play and believed that that would get it done and fortunately it did."
Percy Harvin virtually sealed Seattle's win with an 87-yard kickoff return to start the second half, and quarterback Russell Wilson finished off the Broncos with two-late game touchdown passes to receivers Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin.
Denver fell behind on the game's first possession when a bad snap flew past Manning and into the end zone for a safety, giving Seattle an early 2-0 lead.
The loss marred a history-making regular season for Manning, who earned his fifth career National Football League Most Valuable Player just one day earlier.
"I don't know if you ever really get over it, it's a difficult pill to swallow," Manning said during a post-game press conference. "I think you have to find a way to deal with it and process it and like I said, if you can, to try and fuel it to make you a better team next year. Obviously, it was a disappointing locker room in there, guys are disappointed."
Seahawks linebacker Malcom Smith, part of one of the youngest rosters on average of any team in the NFL, was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
"We just have a great group of guys," Smith said. "Guys that feed off each other well. Guys that have the same kind of attitude and approach towards the game. Much guys with chips off their shoulders. Guys that have been overlooked. For us to be here and to have come this far, the way our fans support us, it's just great."