(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) — The Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl champions for the first time in franchise history.
The Seahawks dominated from start to finish, and it all culminated in a 43-8 thrashing of the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium.
Seattle took a quick 2-0 lead, scoring on a safety on the first play from scrimmage. A high snap from Broncos center Manny Ramirez sailed over Manning’s head and rolled into the end zone. On the ensuing possession, Steven Hauschka drilled a 31-yard field goal to give the Seahawks a 5-0 advantage.
The Broncos were held without a first down in the first quarter. Kam Chancellor picked off Manning with less than a minute remaining. The Seahawks converted the interception into points when Marshawn Lynch barreled into the end zone on a 1-yard touchdown run to begin the second quarter.
Things got even worse for Denver when Malcolm Smith returned a Manning interception 69 yards for a score to make it 22-0. The Seahawks headed into the break with a comfortable three-score lead.
Percy Harvin wasted no time in increasing Seattle’s lead when he returned the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown to blow the game open.
The Seahawks were the first team with no players with Super Bowl experience since the 1990 Bills, who lost Super Bowl XXV. They became the 19th NFL franchise to win the big game.
In the loss, Peyton Manning threw for 280 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Demaryius Thomas set a Super Bowl record with 13 receptions.
Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith was named Super Bowl MVP.
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