By: Baylee VanKirk
The showdown on February 2 in Metlife Stadium was set to be one of the best Super Bowls to date. With the Denver Bronco’s first ranked offense and the Seattle Seahawk’s first ranked defense, experts only had a three point difference going either way. The surprise started 12 seconds into the game when the Bronco’s center snapped the ball over Peyton Manning’s head into the end zone, resulting in a safety. This is tied for the fastest score in Super Bowl history.
The first half was dominated by the Seahawks only allowing one first down in the first quarter. Seattle’s offense wasn’t the story of the game; it was their defense, and the containment of NFL MVP Peyton Manning. At halftime the score was 22-0, Seahawks advantage. The second half was started off by Seahawk’s kick returner, Percy Harvin, taking the kick back for 87 yards for the score. The Broncos did not even score until Manning hooked up with Demaryius Thomas for a touchdown as time expired in the third quarter.
Broncos fan, Seth Wilson, stated, “I just about cried after the first quarter. It was so disappointing to have such a good season and then be let down like that in the Super Bowl.”
With the final score being 43-8, it was the third highest point differential in a Super Bowl. Seahawk’s quarterback, Russell Wilson threw for 206 yards and 2 touchdowns. Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch had 15 carries for 39 yards and 1 touchdown. Super Bowl MVP Michael Smith had one forced fumble, one interception for a touchdown, and 10 tackles.
On the Broncos’ side of the ball, Peyton Manning threw 49 passes while completing 34 of them for 280 yards and a touchdown. He also threw two interceptions and lost one fumble. One bright side of the game was Demaryius Thomas caught 13 passes for 118 and a touchdown. The 13 passes caught was a Super Bowl record.