It what is a total romp from start to finish, the Seahawks capture the franchise's first Lombardi Trophy with a 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. Linebacker Malcom Smith is named MVP after returning an interception 69 yards for a touchdown, recovering a fumble and making nine tackles. The Seahawks also score on Percy Harvin's 87-yard return of the second-half kickoff; TD passes from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin; Marshawn Lynch's TD run; two field goals by Steven Hauschka; and a safety on the first play of the game. The Broncos, who entered the game as the highest-scoring team in NFL history, do not score until the final play of the third quarter as the Seahawks' No. 1-ranked defense forces four turnovers.
Steve Largent catches a game-high eight passes for 82 yards, but the NFC wins the Pro Bowl 28-24. Kenny Easley (two tackles) and Fredd Young (one tackle) also are on the AFC squad.
John L. Williams (four carries for 8 yards, one reception) and Cortez Kennedy represent the AFC in the Pro Bowl, but the NFC wins 21-15.
Owner Ken Behring announces he is relocating the franchise to Southern California, a move that is later blocked by the NFL.
Cortez Kennedy has six tackles to help the AFC take a 26-23 overtime victory in the Pro Bowl. Michael Sinclair (one tackle) also is on the AFC squad.
Jim Zorn, the club's original quarterback who had been an offensive assistant on Dennis Erickson's staff, leaves to become the QB coach with the Lions. Zorn would return to be the Seahawks QB coach from 2001-07.