So, who saw this coming? If you read my article comparing this Super Bowl to Super Bowl 42, you would’ve known I felt the Seahawks had this one in the bag. That said, nobody I know could have ever predicted this. From the opening safety, this one was all Seahawks. Despite only mustering up a few field goals when getting to the red zone in the opening quarter, the Seahawks were by far the dominant team.
A silly penalty by Tony Carter on 3rd & goal in the end zone gave the Seahawks a fresh set of downs, and after Marshawn Lynch lunged in to make it a two-possession game, the wheels fully came off whatever was left of the Broncos. A Peyton Manning pick six resulted in a 22-0 Seahawks lead at the half, and allowed Malcolm Smith, the man who also picked off Colin Kaepernick in the end zone to seal the NFC Championship, to earn the Super Bowl 48 MVP Award.
For anyone hoping the second half would start off any better for the Broncos, hopes were dashed when Percy Harvin pulled off a Jacoby Jones and scored on the opening kickoff to start the third quarter. The lone score for the previously vaunted Denver offense came on the quarter’s final play, when Demaryius Thomas made a tremendous reception from 14 yards out.
As far as statistics go, the Broncos running game was nonexistent, as the team ran for a paltry 27 yards on 14 carries. Despite completing a Super Bowl record 34 passes, Peyton Manning turned the ball over three times, while attempting 49 passes and throwing for 280 yards. Despite leading the game with a Super Bowl record 13 receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown, Demaryius Thomas had a fumble of his own. Wes Welker caught eight passes for 84 yards, and linebacker Danny Trevathan had a game high 12 tackles.
On the Seahawk side, Russell Wilson had a polished game, going 18/25 for 206 yards and 2 touchdowns, while rushing three times for 26 yards, and committing zero turnovers. Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse each amassed 60 yards receiving and scored a touchdown. Percy Harvin, who had only played in two previous games all season, showcased his game-breaking ability by rushing twice for 45 yards, catching a five yard pass, and opening the second half with an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The Seahawks became the first team to score a defensive touchdown, a special teams touchdown and a safety in a single Super Bowl. Head coach Pete Carroll also accomplished some notable feats; not only did he become just the third head coach to win both an NCAA Football Championship(with USC) and a Super Bowl, but he also got two gatorade showers, first with an orange bath and then a lime green one.
Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks for winning the 48th Super Bowl, and their first. It wasn’t the prettiest game, but if you are a Seahawks fan, it couldn’t possibly get any better.