Congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks on winning their first Super Bowl title. The Seahawks demolished the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.
It was not Denver’s day from the first play of the game when Broncos center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball over Peyton Manning’s head resulting in a safety. I guess Manny wasn’t being Manny.
While Manning did complete a Super Bowl record 33 passes and DeMarius Thomas made a Super Bowl record 13 catches including the Broncos lone touchdown late in the third quarter, it was a day Denver fans would sooner forget. Manning threw two interceptions, the second of which resulting in a Seattle TD by linebacker Malcolm Smith. A Thomas fumble would also result in six points for the Seahawks. At the beginning of the third quarter, Seahawks wide receiver ran 87-yards from a kick return TD.
This marks Seattle’s first championship in nearly 35 years. In 1979, the Super Sonics bested the Washington Bullets in five games to win the NBA title. The Sonics are a distant memory as they moved to Oklahoma five years ago.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll becomes the third man to win both a NCAA national championship and a Super Bowl. The other men are Jimmie Johnson and Barry Switzer. Both Johnson and Switzer won their Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.
Malcolm Smith became the first linebacker to win the Super Bowl MVP since Ray Lewis did it with the 2000 Baltimore Ravens. The only other linebacker to win the Super Bowl MVP was Chuck Howley who did so with the Dallas Cowboys in their 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl V. Howley is the only member of the losing team to be bestowed with that honor.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman who became a household name with his rant to Erin Andrews following the NFC Conference Final against the 49ers sustained an ankle injury and had to leave the game in the fourth quarter.
I think most people expected this to be a much closer and a more evenly matched game. But Seattle simply overmatched Denver tonight.