Super Bowl XLVIII: Super Blow-out

Ricky Ching, Repoter

Super Bowl XLVIII was the first super bowl that has been played outdoors in a cold-weather city with a temperature of 49 degrees at the opening kick-off of the game.  It was somewhat of a disappointment to many football fans, as what was supposed to be a classic match up between an unstoppable offense and a misery defense turned into a rout.

Things went south for Peyton Manning and the Broncos from the very first offensive possession.  As Manning stepped toward the line, his center Manny Ramirez had snapped the ball over Manning’s head into the end zone, where Seattle’s Knowshon Moreno dove on it resulting a safety.  With 12 seconds into the game, Seattle led 2-0 making it the quickest score in Super Bowl history, beating Chicago’s Devin Hester’s kickoff return to open the 2007 game- against Peyton Manning and the Colts.

Seattles kicker Steven Hauschka, had made a 31-yarder for 5-0 and a 33-yarder for 8-0 after Doug Baldwin had burned corner back Champ Bailey, for a 37-yards on third down.  The Seahawks just began scoring touchdowns.

Manning’s third down pass intended to Julius Thomas had sailed way too high and directly into the hands of safety Kam Chancellor, giving the Seahawks the ball at Denver’s 37-yard line.  Harvin sparked the drive with a 15-yard burst, and a third-down pass interference call on Tony Carter, which gave Seattle the ball on the 1.  Marshawn Lynch would score to make it a 15-0.    Cliff Avril got to Manning’s arm as he was throwing, the ball floated directly to Smith, who took off down the sideline for a 69-yard interception touchdown making it a 22-0 at half time.

The second half was just a continuation of the first half, as Percy Harvins had a sensational 87-yard kickoff runback to open the half.  Later in the third quarter quarterback Wilson, had a 23-yard TD pass to Jermaine Kearse to make it 36-0. Wilson had also completed a 10-yard TD pass to Doug Baldwin in the final seconds of what had become known as one of the most lopsided super bowls.

Seattle was just to quick, too physical, and too good for Denver. That held true in all areas.  Their defense had caused the Broncos to turn the ball over on downs 4 times.  The Seahawks had made super bowl history for the most playing time with the lead, leading Denver for a whopping 59 minutes and 48 seconds.