It was Denver vs. Seattle. Old vs. New. Offense vs. Defense. It had all the hype. What nobody saw coming was a blowout, but that’s exactly what happened in New York, whoops, I mean New Jersey, on February 2nd.
The first play of the game really set the tone. After electing to start on defense, the Seahawks kicked the ball off to the Broncos. On the first play from scrimmage, center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball over Peyton Manning’s head. Result: Safety. 2-0 Seattle, 14:48 to go in the first quarter. The fastest score in Super Bowl history is now a safety. The Seahawks drove down the field, aided by a 30-yard fly sweep run by Percy Harvin, and Stephen Hauschka’s kick went through the uprights to give the Seahawks a 5-0 edge over the Broncos. Malcolm Smith had a pick six with 3:26 to go in the half. By the time Bruno Mars’ halftime performance started, the Seahawks were up 22-0, and they would receive the second half kickoff. Percy Harvin ran the kick in for six on a kickoff designed to prevent a return. It took him twelve seconds, strangely the same amount of time it took the Broncos to open up the game with a safety.
The Seahawks proved that defense still wins championships. Malcolm Smith was one of just a handful of defensive players to win Super Bowl MVP. The Broncos hadn’t scored less than 17 points when Peyton Manning was under center before XLVIII, but they scored just 8 when it mattered most. Seattle forced 4, count ‘em, 4, turnovers in the game. The Seahawks are the first Super Bowl squad to score by way of a safety, a rushing touchdown, a passing touchdown, a pick six, and a kickoff return during the Big Game. The Seahawks clicked on all cylinders during the Super Bowl, and proved that they could be the next NFL dynasty for years to come.