|Total Net Yards||341|
|Time of Possession||31:53|
|Total Net Yards||306|
|Time of Possession||28:07|
In a nutshell: Seahawks 8, Broncos 0. The Seahawks took the lead on the first play of the game, on a safety. Broncos QB Peyton Manning stepped toward the line of scrimmage, center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball and it sailed past Manning and out of the end zone for the fastest score in Super Bowl history (12 seconds). The Seahawks took the Broncos’ free kick after the safety and drove 51 yards in nine plays to a 31-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka to make it 5-0 with 10:21 left in the quarter. Russell Wilson 2-of-3 for 18 yards and ran twice for 10 yards on the drive. After the defense forced a three-and-out, that included a huge hit by Kam Chancellor on second down, the Seahawks drove 58 yards in 13 plays to a 33-yard field goal by Hauschka to make it 8-0 with 2:16 left. Wilson converted three third-down situations with passes to Golden Tate (10 yards), Doug Baldwin (6) and Baldwin (37). The Seahawks got the ball right back when Chancellor intercepted Manning’s third-down pass that was intended for Broncos tight end Julius Thomas.
Player of the quarter: Chancellor. The Seahawks’ All-Pro strong safety had the tempo-setting hit on the Broncos’ first possession and then made the interception to end their third possession.
Play of the quarter: The first-play safety for the fastest score in Super Bowl history. With honorable mention to Wilson’s 37-yard completion to Baldwin, that he lofted over Champ Bailey.
Number of the quarter: 3:19. The Broncos’ time of possession.
In a nutshell: Seahawks 22, Broncos 0. Marshawn Lynch cashed in on Kam Chancellor’s interception at the end of the first quarter when he scored on 1-yard run to make it 15-0 with 12:00 left in the half. Lynch’s TD capped a seven-play, 37-yard drive that started with a 15-yard run by Percy Harvin and included a pass interference call against the Broncos in the end zone on third-and-4. The Broncos were driving on their next possession, but Cliff Avril hit Peyton Manning as he was throwing the ball on a third-and-13 and Malcolm Smith intercepted the floater and returned it 69 yards for a touchdown to make it 22-0 with 3:21 left in the half. The Broncos then drove to the Seahawks’ 19, but Chris Clemons tipped Manning’s fourth-down pass incomplete.
Players of the quarter, and the half: The Seahawks’ defense. The Broncos’ five first half possessions ended with a safety, a punt, two interceptions and Clemons’ tipped pass on fourth down. That’s how you pitch a first-half shutout against the highest-scoring offense in NFL history.
Play of the quarter: Avril-to-Smith for six. Avril, who has been dubbed “The Big Turnover” by his teammates, came up with yet another big play by forcing the pop-up pass that Smith returned for the TD. Smith’s 69-yard return was the longest for a TD in a Super Bowl since the Saints’ Tracy Porter returned one 74 yards against Manning in Super Bowl 44.
Number of the quarter: 0. That’s how many points the Broncos scored, after putting up 606 in the regular season. It marked the first time the Broncos had been shut out in the first half this season.
In a nutshell: Seahawks 36, Broncos 8. Quicker than you could say second-half kickoff, Percy Harvin returned it 87 yards for a touchdown to run the Seahawks’ lead to 29-0. The Broncos then drove to the Seahawks’ 38, but Kam Chancellor broke up Peyton Manning’s second-down pass to Wes Welker and K.J. Wright stopped Montee Ball for a 1-yard loss on third down to force a punt. After the Seahawks punted, the Broncos got the ball back – only to have the Seahawks get it right back, when Byron Maxwell forced Demaryius Thomas to fumble after a 23-yard reception and Malcom Smith recovered. The Seahawks cashed in on the turnover when Russell Wilson and Jermaine Kearse hooked up for a 23-yard TD pass to make it 36-0 with 2:58 left. The Broncos scored on the final play of the quarter on Manning’s 14-yard TD pass to Demaryius Thomas, then tacked on the two-point conversion.
Player of the quarter: Thomas, he not only caught the TD pass, it was his 12th reception of the game for a Super Bowl record. Hmmm, 12.
Play of the quarter: The TD pass from Wilson to Kearse, who was hit three times and spun from the contact twice on his way to the end zone.
Number of the quarter: 15. As in the Seahawks are 15 minutes from winning their first Super Bowl.
In a nutshell: Seahawks 43, Broncos 8. The Broncos opened the quarter with an onside kick, which Zach Miller recovered for the Seahawks at the Denver 48. Russell Wilson then passed 10 yards to Doug Baldwin for a TD that made it 43-8 with 11:45 left in the game. Wilson was 5 of 5 for 58 yards, including 24-yard to Jermaine Kearse.
Player of the quarter: Wilson. The second-year QB was spot on in the drive to the Seahawks’ TD.
Play of the quarter: Wilson’s pass to Baldwin for that TD.
Number of the quarter: XLVIII. Why? Need you ask?