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Seahawks rout Broncos to win Super Bowl

Seattle dominates Super Bowl XLVIII
The Seattle Seahawks dominated the Denver Broncos Sunday night, 43-8, to take the Super Bowl XLVIII championship.

It was the first Super Bowl title in franchise history for Seattle, who took their #1 ranked defense into East Rutherford, New Jersry to face league MVP Peyton Manning and Denver's record-setting offense.

The game's first play from scrimmage was a sign of things to come.  A miscommunication led to an early snap behind Manning and into the end zone for a safety, and 12 seconds in, it was 2-0 Seahawks.

After a pair of field goals, a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run pushed Seattle's advantage to 15-0.  Then, late in the half, Manning was hit as he threw the ball, and his pass fluttered into the arms of the Seahawks' Malcom Smith, who returned it 69 yards the other way for a touchdown, which gave Seattle a 22-0 lead at halftime.

Percy Harvin then ran the second-half kickoff back 88 yards for a score, and it was 29-0 and time to celebrate in Seattle.

Former Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson completed 18 of 25 passes for 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a very efficiant performance.  Manning was 34-49 for 280 yards, a touchdown and a pair of interceptions.  Manning is now 1-2 in Super Bowls. 

Following his interception for a touchdown, Smith was named MVP of the game.  He is the first defensive player to win the honor since Dexter Jackson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11 years ago.

It was also a big night for one of the engineers of the Seahawks team, general manager John Schneider, a De Pere native who spent several years in the Green Bay Packers front office.
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