Seahawks beat Broncos 43-8 for first Super Bowl win
Seattle had an answer for everything Denver threw at them in the first Super Bowl played outdoors on the east coast.
The night started poorly for Denver and never got better. Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense botched a snap that led to a safety to start the game and give the Seahawks a 2-0 lead. Manning was making changes at the line of scrimmage when center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball over his head and into the end zone. Denver's Knowshon Moreno was able to cover the ball to keep Seattle from getting a touchdown.
Four Denver turnovers followed, and Seattle scored 36 unanswered points to put the game away before Manning got the Broncos untracked midway through the second half.
Down 36-0, Manning led the Broncos on a six-play, 80-yard touchdown drive to score their first points on the final play of the third quarter. Manning hit Demaryius Thomas on a 14-yard touchdown pass, then Wes Welker for the two-point conversion.
The lone scoring drive was too little, too late for the AFC champion Broncos.
But the Seahawks quickly answered when Russell Wilson hit Doug Baldwin with 11:45 left to pad the Seattle lead at 43-8.
Turnovers plagued the Broncos, including a third quarter fumble that led to a six-play. 73-yard drive by Seattle to push the Seahawks lead to 36-0. The touchdown came on a 23-yard pass from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse with 2:58 left in the third quarter.
Seattle's Percy Harvin took the second half kickoff back 87 yards for a touchdown to give the Seahawks a 29-0 lead over Denver as the second half started.
Manning threw two crucial interceptions that led to Seattle touchdowns in the second quarter. The first set up the Seahawks on the Broncos 37-yard line and Marshawn Lynch scored the game's first touchdown on a one-yard run to make the score 15-0.
Another interception of Manning resulted in a 69-yard return by Malcolm Smith for a touchdown to put Seattle up 22-0 at the half.
Smith became just the third linebacker in Super Bowl history to earn the games Most Valuable Player award, joining Ray Lewis of Baltimore in 2001, and Chuck Howley of Dallas in 1971.
The NFC champion Seahawks followed the game-opening safety with a pair of field goals.
Seattle received the free kick after the safety and drover nine plays before settling for a Steven Hauschka 31-yard field goal to put the Seahawks up 5-0 with 10:21 left in the first quarter.
The Seahawks drove 72 yards on their next possession, but the Broncos defense stiffened again and Seattle scored three more on a 33-yard Hauschka field goal.
Wilson completed 18 of 25 passes for 206 yards.
Manning, who finished 34-49 for 280 yards, is now 11-12 in the postseason, 1-2 in Super Bowls.
No Super Bowl had been played outdoors in a cold-weather city before, but a 49-degree temperature at kickoff was not close to the coldest outdoor Super Bowl ever, Super Bowl VI in New Orleans still owns that distinction at 39 degrees.
Denver now has the dubious distinction of losing the most lopsided Super Bowls. San Francisco beat the Broncos 55-10 in Super Bowl XXIV, which is still the most lopsided game in Super Bowl history. Denver lost 42-10 to the Washington Redskins two years earlier. John Elway quarterbacked both those Broncos teams. He's now the team's executive vice president.