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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, 2014 SUPER BOWL CHAMPION: DENVER BRONCOS STAYED LAME AFTER SEAHAWK’S ‘LEGION OF BOOM’ DEFENSE DURING FIRST HALF

Signature play: Wide receiver Percy Harvin, #11 of the Seahawks,  returns the second half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown that gave Seattle a 29-0 lead to start the second half

SUPER BOWL XLVIII LIVE: Seahawks lead 29-0 after ‘legion of boom’ defense dominates first half and Percy Harvin returns kickoff for TD to open second

  • The game’s first score came after a snap sailed over Denver quarterback Peyton Manning’s head and into the end zone for a safety
  • The Seahawks ‘legion of boom’ defense picked Manning off twice, returning one for a touchdown
  • Marshawn Lynch scored a one yard touchdown and Stephen Hauschka added two field goals
  • Oft-injured wide receiver returned the opening kickoff in the second half for a touchdown

By Ryan Gorman Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 2 February 2014

 

Seattle has out-played, out-gunned and out-manned the Denver Broncos on the way to proving defense really does win championships.

The Seahawks league-best defense intercepted Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning twice and quarterback Russell Wilson played like veteran in a dominant performance.

Denver’s miscues doomed it from the very start. A bad snap for a safety, two interceptions and a fumble – Seattle scored almost all of its points off turnovers.

+12Signature play: Wide receiver Percy Harvin, #11 of the Seahawks,  returns the second half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown that gave Seattle a 29-0 lead to start the second half

Signature play: Wide receiver Percy Harvin, #11 of the Seahawks, returns the second half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown that gave Seattle a 29-0 lead to start the second half

 

First score: Denver Broncos' Knowshon Moreno (27) recovers the football in the end zone for a safety as Seattle Seahawks' Heath Farwell (55) and teammate Julius Thomas (80) chase him

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First score: Denver Broncos’ Knowshon Moreno (27) recovers the football in the end zone for a safety as Seattle Seahawks’ Heath Farwell (55) and teammate Julius Thomas (80) chase him

Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) recovers a fumble in the end zone for a safety that gave Seattle a 2-0 lead

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Feb 2, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) recovers a fumble in the end zone for a safety that gave Seattle a 2-0 lead

 

Manning was stifled by the Seahawks’ hard hitting ‘legion of boom’ defense all game. Swarming defenders knocked Broncos players all over the field and forced three turnovers that led to points.

The future hall of fame quarterback never had a chance. Seattle coach Pete Carroll’s defense knocked the Broncos all over the field and intercepted Manning twice in the first half, with linebacker Malcolm Smith returning the pick 69 yards for a touchdown.

He overthrew receivers all night, threw wobbly passes and rarely had time to scan the field as Seattle’s unrelenting pass rush constantly kept him under pressure.

The scoring started when an errant Broncos snap led to a safety on the first play from scrimmage to give Seattle a 2-0 lead and the ball.

Seattle’s second play from scrimmage resulted in a 30 yard run from speedy wide receiver Percy Harvin, notable because he was playing in only his third game all season after suffering through a multitude of injuries and recovering from offseason hip surgery.

Harvin only had 38 total yards all season, but amassed 137 yards on the night.

Wilson overcame early nerves to completed his next two passes and carried the ball twice for 10 yards to set up a Steven Hauschka 31 yard field goal that gave the Seahawks a 5-0 lead with 10:22 left in the first quarter.

Seattle tacked on a second field goal following their next drive to take an 8-0 lead.

+12On the money: Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka (4) kicks a 31 yard field goal during the first half of the Super Bowl

On the money: Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka (4) kicks a 31 yard field goal during the first half of the Super Bowl

Intercepted!: Strong safety Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks intercepts a pass from Peyton Manning

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Intercepted!: Strong safety Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks intercepts a pass from Peyton Manning

The Broncos’ offensive struggles continued through the first quarter. They went three and out their next drive, punctuated by an earth shattering hit from Kam Chancellor on Broncos receiver Demarius Thomas.

The Broncos next drive ended when Chancellor intercepted an errant Manning throw that resulted in Seattle’s first touchdown.

The second quarter saw much of the same, as Seattle methodically drove down the field down the field and capitalized on a Denver pass interference penalty in the end zone to take a 15-0 lead on a Marshawn Lynch 1 yard touchdown run.

Wilson completed 9 of 14 passes for 94 yards in the first half and ran for 10 more yards on two carries while safety Kam Chancellor and Seattle’s ‘legion of boom defense’ held the Broncos scoreless.

+12Ineffective: Manning #18, shown throwing an interception, has been unable to establish a rhythm early on

Ineffective: Manning #18, shown throwing an interception, has been unable to establish a rhythm early on

Blazing fast: Seattle Seahawks' Percy Harvin (11) runs against Denver Broncos' Champ Bailey, he gained 45 yards on only two carries in the first half

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Blazing fast: Seattle Seahawks’ Percy Harvin (11) runs against Denver Broncos’ Champ Bailey, he gained 45 yards on only two carries in the first half

 

The second quarter looked to be a welcome change for the five-time MVP, but it was only an illusion.

Manning finally put together a sustained drive, moving the ball 49 yards over 16 plays while completing 7 of 9 passes for 45 yards before throwing one of those ‘ducks’ Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman referred to in the days leading up to the game.

Manning finally looked to have established himself before his arm was hit on a short pass intended for running back Knowshon Moreno.

The wobbly throw was picked off by Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith and returned 69 yards for a touchdown and a 22-0 lead for Seattle.

Manning’s dismal first half was punctuated by another duck thrown on 4th and two with 1:01 left, it barely missed being intercepted.

He finished the first half 17 of 23 for 104 yards and was shown walking off the field with his tail between his legs before time even expired in the second quarter – one that will likely haunt him for many years.

+12Beast mode: Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch (24) rushes for a touchdown during the first half

Beast mode: Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch (24) rushes for a touchdown during the first half

Pick six!: Seahawks' Malcolm Smith (53) intercepts a pass intended for Denver Broncos' Knowshon Moreno (27), which was returned 69 yards for a touchdown

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Pick six!: Seahawks’ Malcolm Smith (53) intercepts a pass intended for Denver Broncos’ Knowshon Moreno (27), which was returned 69 yards for a touchdown

 

Manning finally looked to have established himself before his arm was hit on a short pass intended for running back Knowshon Moreno.

The wobbly throw was picked off by Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith and returned 69 yards for a touchdown and a 22-0 lead for Seattle.

Manning’s dismal first half was punctuated by another duck thrown on 4th and two with 1:01 left, it barely missed being intercepted.

The nightmare only continued in the second when Denver kick Matthew Prater went for hang time on the opening kick as he tried to give his coverage team enough time to get to the dangerous Harvin.

+12Off to the races: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) returns a kickoff for a touchdown to start the second half

Off to the races: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) returns a kickoff for a touchdown to start the second half

 

Harvin missed the NFC championship two weeks ago after suffering a concussion during an earlier playoff game, and clearly benefited from the rest.

He caught the ball at the 13-yard line and took off, blowing past three would-be tacklers and streaking down the middle of the field for the Super Bowl’s signature play to this point.

One that may have put the Broncos championship parade plans to bed.

Wilson threw a strike over the middle to receiver Jerome Kearse in the third quarter that he caught while spinning out of several tackles and ran into the endzone for a touchdown to make the score 36-0.

 Sepctacular: The Seahawks' Jermaine Kearse makes a spinning catch against Denver Broncos' Tony Carter before spinning out of two more tackles and running to the end zone for a touchdown
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Sepctacular: The Seahawks’ Jermaine Kearse makes a spinning catch against Denver Broncos’ Tony Carter before spinning out of two more tackles and running to the end zone for a touchdown

Game over: The Broncos scored a touchdown after Kearse's score, but they never came close to making it a contest

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Game over: The Broncos scored a touchdown after Kearse’s score, but they never came close to making it a contest

 

Manning found Thomas for a touchdown on the ensuing drive, one of the receiver’s Super Bowl-record 13 receptions on the game, but it was too little too late.

He finished 33 of 47 for 266 yards, one touchdown and 266 yards.

Seattle stayed pedal to the medal on the next drive, with Wilson completing 5 of his 5 passes for 58 yards and his second touchdown of the game to make it 43-8 with 11:45 remaining in the game.

In only his second season, Wilson outplayed the 16-year vet Manning. And Richard Sherman, for all his bluster before the game, went out with a whimper when he injured his ankle early in the fourth quarter.

Oddly enough, Manning’s 33 completions were a Super Bowl record, but his turnovers did a hole the Broncos never found a way out of.

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