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02/02/2014 11:48 PM EST
Seahawks beat Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl
SEATTLE 43, DENVER 8

By BARRY WILNER
AP Pro Football Writer

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Waiting to get their hands on the
Lombardi Trophy, the Seahawks were surrounded by security guards
in orange jackets. It was the first time anyone in that color
stopped them all night.

The Seahawks stayed true to their mantra to make each day a
championship day. They made Super Bowl Sunday the best day of
all with one of the greatest performances in an NFL title game -
sparked by a defense that ranks among the best ever.

The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl crown by punishing
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-8. That masterful
defense, the NFL's stingiest, never let the five-time MVP get
going, disarming the highest-scoring offense in league history.

"The only way we could say we were the best defense was to take
down the best offense," linebacker Bobby Wagner said.

Seattle (16-3) was too quick, too physical and just too good for
Denver. What was hyped as a classic matchup between an
unstoppable offense and a miserly defense turned into a rout.

"We've been relentless all season," quarterback Russell Wilson
said. "Having that mentality of having a championship day every
day. At the end of the day, you want to play your best football
and that is what we did today."

Punctuating Seattle's dominance were a 69-yard interception
return touchdown by linebacker Malcolm Smith to make it 22-0,
and Percy Harvin's sensational 87-yard kickoff return to open
the second half.

"I always imagined myself making great plays," said Smith, the
game's MVP. "Never thought about being the MVP."

When the Seahawks, up by 29 points, forced a Denver punt early
in the third quarter, the 12th Man - and there were legions of
them in MetLife Stadium - began chanting "L-O-B, L-O-B."

As in Legion of Boom, the Seahawks' hard-hitting secondary, part
of a young team with an average age of 26 years, 138 days.

"This is an amazing team. Took us four years to get to this
point, but they never have taken a step sideways," coach Pete
Carroll said. "These guys would not take anything but winning
this ballgame."

The loss by the Broncos again raised questions about Manning's
ability to win the biggest games. He is 11-12 in the postseason,
1-2 in Super Bowls. After the game, he brushed off questions
about his legacy.

"Certainly to finish this way is very disappointing. It's not an
easy pill to swallow," said Manning, who threw for a record 55
touchdowns in 2013, two years after missing an entire season
because of neck surgeries. "I don't know if you ever really get
over it."

He never looked comfortable against a defense some will begin
comparing to the 1985 Bears and 2000 Ravens - other NFL
champions who had runaway Super Bowl victories.

Seattle forced four turnovers; Denver had 26 all season.

All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman left with a high ankle sprain
in the fourth quarter. He celebrated on crutches.

"I hope we etched our names in the history books," Sherman said.

Wilson, who has an NFL-record 28 wins in his first two pro
seasons, including playoffs, had a 23-yard TD pass to Jermaine
Kearse late in the third quarter to make it 36-0.

Wilson also hit Doug Baldwin for a 10-yard score in the final
period in what had become one of the most lopsided Super Bowls.
For the fifth time in six meetings between the NFL's No. 1
offense and defense, the D dominated.

"It's all about making history," All-Pro safety Earl Thomas
said. "This was a dominant performance from top to bottom."

Denver fell to 2-5 in Super Bowls, and by the end many of
Manning's passes resembled the "ducks" Sherman said the All-Pro
quarterback sometimes threw.

The victory was particularly sweet for Carroll, fired in 1994 by
the Jets. He led the Patriots for three seasons and again was
canned. After a short stint out of coaching, he took over at
Southern California and won two national titles.

But he always felt there was unfinished business in the NFL.
Carroll finished that business by lifting the Vince Lombardi
Trophy, four years after taking charge in Seattle and eight
years after the Seahawks lost in their only previous Super Bowl
to Pittsburgh.

No Super Bowl had been played outdoors in a cold-weather city -
not that the Big Apple was anything close to frozen Sunday, when
it was 49 degrees at kickoff.

Things went sour for Manning and the Broncos from the very first
scrimmage play, and by halftime they were down 22-0 - their
biggest deficit of the season and the only time they didn't
score in a half.

On that first play, Manning stepped up toward the line just as
center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball. It flew past his
incredulous quarterback into the end zone, where Knowshon Moreno
dived on it for a safety.

A mere 12 seconds in, Seattle led 2-0 with the quickest score in
Super Bowl history, beating Chicago's Devin Hester's kickoff
return to open the 2007 game - against Manning's Colts.

That one ended much better for Manning as Indianapolis won the
championship. This one was a fiasco throughout.

Steven Hauschka made 31- and 33-yard field goals for 8-0. Then
the Seahawks began scoring touchdowns.

Manning's third-down pass to Julius Thomas sailed way too high
and directly to safety Kam Chancellor, giving the Seahawks the
ball at Denver's 37. A third-down pass interference call on Tony
Carter brought Seattle to the 1, and Marshawn Lynch scored to
make it 15-0.

Then Smith made his second huge play in two weeks. His
interception clinched the NFC championship win over San
Francisco.

Cliff Avril got to Manning's arm as he was throwing, the ball
fluttered directly to Smith, who took off down the left sideline
for a 69-yard interception TD.

Manning trudged to the sideline, a look of disgust on his face,
Denver's reputation as an unstoppable force erased.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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