Seahawks embarrass Broncos to win Super Bowl XLVIII

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy next to newly...

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy next to newly elected Hall of Fame player Michael Strahan (L) after the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, February 2, 2014. (REUTERS0

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The only thing frozen solid at the NFL’s first outdoor Super Bowl staged in the north was the Denver Broncos offence.

And defence.

And special teams.

And coaching staff.

Ice sculptures in orange, melted by the hot-as-hell Seattle Seahawks, who won Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8.

From the first scrimmage play of the game on an unseasonably mild Sunday night in the New Jersey swampland, iconic quarterback Peyton Manning and the Broncos proved no match for Seattle’s fantastic collection of play-making, in-your-grill pounders on defence.

After three possessions and seven plays, Denver had fumbled, punted, been intercepted and seen one of their toughest, biggest playmakers — Demaryius Thomas — get lit up over the middle on a crushing hit by safety Kam Chancellor.

Could Seattle’s great defence have gotten off to a better start?

“No way,” star cornerback Richard Sherman told me at his post-game news conference. “That was a dream start, to tell you the truth. You couldn’t have scripted it any better.

“We really got into our rhythm. (Safety) Earl (Thomas) really made a great statement before the game. He told us: ‘Let’s get lost in the game. Let’s show them what we’re really about. Let’s get in our zone and never come out of it. Let’s play our best football.’”

They did.

Seattle cruised into halftime up 22-0 — the largest lead at the break in the Super Bowl in 32 years.


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