On the very first snap of Super Bowl XLVIII, Denver’s snap sailed over the head of quarterback Peyton Manning, landing in the Broncos own end zone where Knowshon Moreno fell on it, yielding a safety. DR2BDJ36YMU3
Little did Manning and Co. know that the night was only going to go down hill from there. It got a lot worse as the Seattle Seahawks’ unrelenting defense manhandled the Broncos en route to a lopsided 43-8 victory in becoming Super Bowl 48 Champions.
This was the first Super Bowl victory in franchise history for the Seahawks, and they did it in dominating fashion.
The main plot for this year’s installment of the Super Bowl was pretty obvious. The NFL’s top offense in the Denver Broncos was facing off against the No. 1 defense in the land. On paper, it made for a very close match-up. On the field, the Seahawks proved precisely just how powerful their defense was.
The game-opening safety was just the tip of the iceberg. The Seahawks were able to pick off this year’s NFL MVP in Peyton Manning twice. One of those picks came late in the second quarter when Malcolm Smith returned it 69 yards for a touchdown. Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith had a huge game overall. This sent both teams into halftime with Seattle gripping a 22-0 lead.
On top of the interceptions, the Seahawks ripped the ball loose all night, forcing four fumbles and recovering two of them.
The Seahawks kept Denver out of the end zone until late in the third quarter, when the game was easily out of hand. Manning connected with Demaryius Thomas on a 14-yard touchdown pass.
Manning finished the night 34-for-49 for 280 yards. While that still wasn’t a horrible passing percentage, Manning often had to resort to small tosses as Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” kept all of Denver’s receiving weapons in check.
Seattle wasn’t too shabby, but only scored 21 of their 48 total points. Aside from the interception return, injury-plagued wide receiver Percy Harvin made his triumphant return to the line-up and opened the second half with a 87-yard kick return for a touchdown.
Harvin also had a couple of strong runs off reverse plays and was one of the bright spots on offense. Marshawn Lynch muscled in a 1-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter while Jermaine Kearse reeled in a 23-yard touchdown catch in the third.
Doug Baldwin capped scoring with a late-game touchdown catch as well.
Peyton Manning’s Legacy Tainted?
That’s the big question surrounding a guy that many pundits claim can’t win the “big game”. He is now 11-12 in postseason games, but he does have a Super Bowl ring.
Manning had arguably the best year of his career this season and helped the Broncos put up gaudy numbers. Sunday was a train wreck on both sides of the ball for Denver and blame can’t be pinned straight on Manning.
Anyone that questions the man’s legacy, or whether or not he should be considered up there with the greatest quarterbacks of all time, simply needs to look at the numbers to realize that he’s a pretty darn good quarterback.
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