Super Bowl 2014 live: Seattle lowers the boom on Denver, 43-8

Malcolm Smith, Louis Vasquez
Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith leaves Denver lineman Louis Vasquez (65) in his wake on a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter.
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The Seattle Seahawks lowered the Legion of Boom on the Denver Broncos, easily rolling to a 43-8 victory in Super Bowl 2014.

The Seahawks’ menacingly nicknamed defense was dominant, holding the Broncos without a first down until the 20th minute of the game, and Seattle continually made Denver pay for its sloppy play, which included four turnovers.

It was the first Super Bowl championship for the Seattle franchise, which was making its second Super Bowl appearance.

The Seahawks struck quickly in each half, scoring points at the 12-second mark in each. They scored a safety on the game’s first play from scrimmage when Denver’s snap went over quarterback Peyton Manning’s head and the Broncos fell on the ball in the end zone.


Percy Harvin returned the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown to give Seattle a 29-0 lead. Seattle had taken a 22-0 halftime lead, fueled by that stellar defense and shaky Bronco plays.

Seattle intercepted two Manning passes in the first half. Manning’s second interception -- on a wobbly pass after his arm was hit by Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril -- was returned 69 yards for a touchdown by linebacker Malcolm Smith.

Denver’s only touchdown came of the last play of the third quarter when Manning, who also fumbled once, hit wide receiver Demaryius Thomas with a 14-yard scoring pass and completed a two-point conversion pass to Wes Welker to make it 36-8.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, in only his second NFL season, completed 18 of 25 passes for 206 yards and touchdowns to Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse.


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