Seattle dominated Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos from start to finish on their way to a 43-8 victory, to capture their first-ever Super Bowl title.
The first half was all Seahawks, and the second half started much the same. Percy Harvin took the second half kickoff back 87 yards for a touchdown.
Jermaine Kearse then caught a 23-yard pass from Russell Wilson to give the Seahawks their 36-0 lead.
However, Peyton Manning would not let the Broncos become the first victim of a shutout in Super Bowl history. He threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to get the Broncos on the board. But back came the Seahawks with an easy drive that finished with a touchdown for Doug Baldwin.
That came after the Seahawks built the 3rd-largest halftime lead in Super Bowl history. Malcolm Smith took Peyton Manning’s second interception all the way back for a touchdown to propel the Seahawks to a 22-0 lead with just more than three minutes to play in the first half. Marshawn Lynch punched in the game’s first touch down to start the second quarter.
Things went downhill for the Broncos from the very start, as they snapped the ball into their own end zone on the game’s first play. They were able to cover the ball in the end zone for a safety to give the Seahawks a 2-0 lead. From there, Russell Wilson led two strong drives, which ended in Steven Hauschka field goals to get Seattle’s offense rolling. Wilson finished with 206 yards passing and two touchdowns.
After being awarded his fifth NFL MVP award, Peyton Manning was looking to win his second Super Bowl, and his first with the Broncos. He threw 49 times for 280 yards and a touchdown, but threw two pivotal interceptions.
Denver was looking to win their third title, and their first since 1998. But, in their first return to the Super Bowl since 2005, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Seahawks claimed their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.
It was the first outdoor Super Bowl to be played in a northern city, but temperatures were not a major factor at MetLife.
The Broncos have now lost more Super Bowls than any other franchise, with 5 losses in the big game.
It was the first time a top-ranked offense (Broncos) and a top-ranked defense (Seahawks) met in the Super Bowl since 1990, when the top-ranked New York Giants defense barely go the better the Buffalo Bills’ number one offense. Seattle once again supported the old adage that defense wins championships.