The Final Play: Super Bowl Recap

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The Final Play: Super Bowl Recap

Seahawks defeat the Broncos 43-8 making the Seahawks the Super Bowl Champions.

Seahawks defeat the Broncos 43-8 making the Seahawks the Super Bowl Champions.

Associated Press

Seahawks defeat the Broncos 43-8 making the Seahawks the Super Bowl Champions.

Associated Press

Associated Press

Seahawks defeat the Broncos 43-8 making the Seahawks the Super Bowl Champions.

Austin Kim, Staff Writer

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The 2013-14 NFL season ended with a bang on Sunday, with the Seattle Seahawks mauling the Denver Broncos, 43-8. This victory was tied for the third largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history, and also gave the Seahawks their first Lombardi trophy.

Last week, I predicted that the Broncos would narrowly win, and evidently, this prediction was completely misguided. The blowout started 12 seconds into the game, when Peyton Manning stepped forward to call an audible. Miscommunication between Manning and the center caused an early snap, and the ball rolled into the endzone for a safety.

The Broncos’ offense continued to be flustered and stifled throughout the first half, most memorably allowing a strong pass rush to force an interception by linebacker Malcolm Smith, who returned the interception for a touchdown. Smith was later named the MVP of the Super Bowl for his spectacular play. At halftime, the Seahawks and their stellar defense led 22-0.

Seattle exited the locker room at halftime the same way that they entered it, fired up and focused. Kick returner and wide receiver Percy Harvin, who had just returned from a surgery and a serious concussion, took a kickoff from Matt Prater 87 yards to the house, making the score 29-0.

Denver managed to piece together a drive that culminated in a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas, and a two point conversion made the score 36-8. However, Seattle answered with a touchdown of their own, and the defense took over from there, keeping the score 43-8 for the remainder of the game. In one of the biggest landslides in the history of the big game, Seattle proved their dominance and made their greatest franchise achievement.

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