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Seahawks Rout Broncos to Win Super Bowl Title

 

 

East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) February 2, 2014 at 10:44:37 PM EST

The Seattle Seahawks' Jermaine Kearse scores a touchdown during during the Super Bowl 48 game against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014

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The Seattle Seahawks' Jermaine Kearse scores a touchdown during during the Super Bowl 48 game against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014

 

"It's such an amazing feeling to be able to take the Lombardi trophy back to Seattle," Allen said.

The Seattle Seahawks' Percy Harvin opens the second quarter with a full field touchdown run against the Denver Broncos during the Super Bowl 48 at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014

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The Seattle Seahawks' Percy Harvin opens the second quarter with a full field touchdown run against the Denver Broncos during the Super Bowl 48 at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014

Wilson, 25, won the title in only his second year in the NFL.

"It feels great to win this title," Wilson said.

Denver suffered a record fifth Super Bowl defeat, but the team's first since 1990. The Broncos won in their two prior trips to the title game in 1998 and 1999.

The Seattle Seahawks' Golden Tate (R) is brought down by Nate Irving (L) and Brandon Marshall (C) of the Denver Broncos during their Super Bowl 48 game at MetLife stadium on February 2, 2014

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The Seattle Seahawks' Golden Tate (R) is brought down by Nate Irving (L) and Brandon Marshall (C) of the Denver Broncos during their Super Bowl 48 game at MetLife stadium on February 2, 2014

Seattle took advantage of the turnover when Russell Wilson flipped a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse for a 36-0 lead.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning leaves the field after their 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl 48 at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning leaves the field after their 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl 48 at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014

Denver avoided becoming the first team in Super Bowl history to go scoreless when Manning threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Thomas on the last play of the third quarter.

Thomas set a Super Bowl record with his 12th reception of the game on the play, which was followed by a two-point Manning conversion pass to Wes Welker to trim Seattle's lead to 36-8.

From there it was only a matter of time until the clock ran out and Seattle's confetti-filled celebration began.

Denver's offense set an NFL scoring record with 606 points this season and Manning set NFL one-season records with 5,477 passing yards and 55 touchdowns.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl 48 at MetLife stadium on February 2, 2014

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl 48 at MetLife stadium on February 2, 2014

But Seattle denied the Broncos even a first down for nearly 20 minutes at the start.

And even though Manning set a Super Bowl record with his 33rd completion with nearly 10 minutes remaining, it was a hollow achievement.

Denver took the opening kickoff but it was Seattle that got points from the fastest scoring play in Super Bowl history.

Seattle then marched 51 yards in nine plays to set up a 31-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka, who added another from 33 yards for a 8-0 Seahawks' edge.

Aided by a crucial third-down pass interference penalty against Denver cornerback Tony Carter, Seattle took a 15-0 lead on Marshawn Lynch's 1-yard touchdown run.

The Broncos drove to the Seahawks' 19-yard line late in the first half but Seattle's Chris Clemons deflected a fourth-down pass by Manning to halt Denver's best early threat.

The kickoff temperature of 49 degrees (9.4 Celsius) was 10 degrees warmer than the coldest-ever Super Bowl from 1972 in New Orleans, a far cry from fears of bitter cold and snow at the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city.

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