The Seahawks weren’t supposed to be able to contain the high-powered Broncos offense lead by Peyton Manning, but they did just that. Peyton Manning was supposed to cement his legacy as the greatest of all-time, but the Legion of Boom, as they call them, prevented that from happening.
The Seahawks came into the game not having a single player to have ever played in the Super Bowl, but by the way the game started, you would have thought it was the other way around.
On the first play of the game Broncos center Manny Ramirez surprised Manning with an early snap sending the ball into the end zone where Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno landed on the ball in the end zone giving the Seahawks an early 2-0 lead.
The play was the fastest score in NFL history only taking :12 seconds. The Seahawks then kicked a field goal on the ensuing drive going up 5-0.
On the next drive things would not get any better for Denver as Manning would play like many are accustomed to him playing in the playoffs. Manning threw one of his ugly duck passes behind tight end Julius Thomas and was intercepted by Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor. The Seahawks would capitalize on the turnover by putting another field goal on the board.
After a disastrous start, Denver only found themselves down 8-0, but unfortunately things would not get any better, before the end of the half, Marshawn Lynch would score a touchdown from a yard out and Manning would throw a pick six to linebacker Malcolm Smith to give the Seahawks a 22-0 halftime lead.
This was definitely not the game everybody was expecting, but Peyton Manning was on the other side of the field, and by now everybody should know never to count Peyton Manning out. The Seahawks would receive in the second half, but one play could put the Broncos right back in it.
Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers had stellar halftime performance putting on a show for everybody in the stands to see. It was definitely one of the better Super Bowl halftime performances.
Denver had hoped for the best, that somehow they could come back and make a game out of this…Percy Harvin had different plans. 87 yards and :12 seconds later, Percy Harvin was in the end zone putting the Seahawks up 29-0.
The game would not get any better for the Broncos but they would get on the board. A Peyton Manning touchdown pass to Demariyus Thomas finally put the Broncos on the board and Welker would give the Broncos the two-point conversion.
Thomas finished with 13 catches, a Super Bowl record for 118 yards. Manning finished with 34 competitions, a Super Bowl record, for 280 yards.
Pete Carroll was drenched with Gatorade and Marcus Allen carried out the Super Bowl trophy to the division rival Seattle Seahawks. Malcolm Smith was named the Super Bowl MVP and was the first non-quarterback MVP since Santonio Holmes in Super Bowl 43.
Unfortunately for the Rams, the Seahawks are in the NFC West and will get to play them twice next year, but on the other side of it, the Rams came one play away from beating the Seahawks last season and will get two chances to “dethrone” the defending Super Bowl champions next season.
It’s hard to believe the 2013 NFL season is over and it certainly didn’t end like we expected, but it was a great one filled with great moments. Now it’s time to get ready for the offseason which will include free agency, the draft, and training camp, which all should be exciting.