Seahawks Demolish Manning’s Broncos
by Andrew Godwin on Friday, February 7th, 2014
On Sunday, February 2, 2014 the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos flew to MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Giants and the New York Jets, in East Rutherford, New Jersey to play for Super Bowl XLVIII. The game pitted the Seattle Seahawks’ league-best defense against the Denver Broncos’ league-best offense. Many believed that Manning’s offense, arguably the most prolific offense of all time, would take control over the young Seahawks’ defense, but in the end, Seattle dictated the pace and score wire to wire.
The Seahawks received first, after a coin flip by former all-star quarterback of the New York Jets, Joe Namath, clad in a coat that took a dozen animals to produce. After Seattle shut the door on the opening kickoff, the young defensive powerhouse smelled blood. On the first play, 12 seconds into the game, a wild snap sent Peyton Manning into a panic. The ball landed in the end zone, giving Seattle a 2-0 lead, with a safety, that broke the record for the quickest score from the start of the game in Super Bowl history. Booming with confidence after Denver’s mishap, Russell Wilson’s offense stormed down the field to place the Seahawks in field goal position. Ex-Middlebury Panther Steven Hauschka, doing what he does best, notched the field goal to put Seattle up by 5. Manning proved true the theory of his big-game struggle and did not score until the third quarter.
Manning, whose greatly-heralded second Super Bowl victory always seemed far away, broke the record for most pass completions in a Super Bowl with 34; however, interceptions and ferocious tackles by Seattle’s defense stumped the veteran’s passing game until the final whistle. Linebacker Malcolm Smith for the Seahawks received the MVP award of the game, along with a brand new Chevrolet truck for his stellar performance: nine total tackles, one fumble recovery, one blocked pass, and a game-changing interception that he would take to the end zone for a 22-0 Seahawks’ lead.
The Seahawks controlled the Broncos all over the field; however, Manning, a veteran of the league, presented himself with class and integrity during his postgame press conference. Appreciating his opponent, Manning said, “Give Seattle a lot of credit. They are an excellent football team, and they caused a lot of our mistakes. At the same time, we just didn’t play well tonight.” A true sportsman, Peyton Manning accepted his loss with gratitude towards the Seahawks. Richard Sherman, the star cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, was forced to leave the game after an ankle injury impeded his speed and agility. Manning visited Sherman after the game to check on the star’s physical status. Sherman later confirmed Manning’s sportsmanship by tweeting, “Peyton is the classiest person/player I have ever met! I could learn so much from him! Thank you for being a great competitor and person.” Clearly, Manning is well-respected amongst the league’s best.
With the Vince Lombardi Trophy at stake, Russell Wilson and the vicious ‘Hawks defense stomped Peyton Manning’s offensively dominant Denver Broncos by a whopping 35 points. The final score of the game was 43-8, one of the widest margins in Super Bowl history. Although many of the Broncos’ fans probably found the Bruno Mars halftime show more entertaining than the actual game, the Seahawks’ fans were ecstatic to see their team bring home Seattle’s first-ever Super Bowl victory.
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