The old saying goes, “Defense wins Championships.”
The Seattle Seahawks proved this in dominating fashion with a 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.
The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl in franchise history due in large part to their masterful defense, which limited the NFL’s top offense throughout the entire game.
On the first play from scrimmage, a bad snap from Denver’s center Manny Ramirez sailed past Peyton Manning and landed in the end zone for a safety, giving Seattle a 2-0 lead without running a single offensive play.
The rout did not end there. After the safety, Seattle kicked two field goals and Marshawn Lynch scored on a one-yard touchdown run. The Seahawks added a pick-six by linebacker Malcom Smith, and took a 22-0 lead into halftime.
The second half started out bad for Denver, with Seattle's Percy Harvin running the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. An additional touchdown pass by Russell Wilson put Seattle up 36-0 late in the third quarter.
Denver finally got onto the scoreboard when Manning threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas and converted a two-point conversion.
It was the lone bright spot of the night for the Broncos as the NFL’s best statistical offense in history could not get anything going throughout the night.
Seattle's defense was so strong that Denver managed only 27 yards rushing, compared with 135 for Seattle. Manning went 34 for 49 to gain 279 yards in the air, but most passes were for short yardage with his receivers quickly taken down. Russell Wilson of Seattle went 18 for 26 to gain 206 yards and score two touchdowns.
Malcolm Smith, who returned a pivotal 69-yard interception for a touchdown, won the game’s MVP honors. He was the first defender in 11 years to win the award.
The Power of 12
The Seattle Seahawks always talk about the power of their “12th Man,” aka their very loyal, loud fan base.
But the power of 12 took on an even larger/quirky meaning during Super Bowl XLVIII. *Caution* it’s a little spooky:
- Seattle took a 2-0 lead on a safety that occurred 12 seconds into the game, the fastest score in Super Bowl history
- Marshawn Lynch scored on a one-yard touchdown run with EXACTLY 12 minutes left in the first half
- Percy Harvin opened the second half with an 87-yard touchdown on a kickoff, taking 12 seconds off the clock
- Seattle scored 43 points – 4x3=12
- Seattle are Super Bowl 48 Champions – 4+8=12
Coincidence? Maybe not!
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