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Seahawks Crush Broncos 43-8 In Super Bowl XLVIII


The Seattle Seahawks are World Champions as they crushed the Denver Broncos 43-8 Sunday evening in Super Bowl XLVIII.

The Seahawks forced four turnovers in the game and that included intercepting Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning twice on their way to winning their first Lombardi Trophy.

The Broncos evening got off to a rough start on the first offensive play of the game as a shot-gun snap flew by Manning and into the end zone for safety. Manning was attempting to walk toward the offensive line to audible prior to the snap, but the loud crowd noise prevented center Manny Ramirez from hearing him in time.

The Broncos would never recover and they found themselves down 22-0 at halftime thanks to Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith returning a fluttering interception 69 yards for a touchdown with 3:21 left in the half. Smith, who also recorded five total tackles and a fumble recovery in the game, was named the MVP of the game.

When Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for a touchdown, all that was left at that point was a long wait until the Seahawk colored confetti filled the air of MetLife Stadium.

Manning finished the game 34-of-49 with the two interceptions and his lone touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas came on the last play of the third quarter with the game well out of reach.

Manning’s young counterpart, Russell Wilson, played well in the win as he finished 18-of-25 passing for 206 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. More importantly, Wilson and his teammates did not turn the ball over in the game.

With the win, Wilson became just the third quarterback to win a Super Bowl in just his second professional season. Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger are the only other two quarterbacks to accomplish the feat.

The Seahawks defense was the story of the game, however, as they did not give up the big play despite giving up 34 receptions in the game. Manning attempted seven passes that flew 19 or more yards past the line of scrimmage and completed none of them.

The Broncos have now lost more Super Bowls than any other team in the league as Sunday marked the fifth time that they have failed to win the big game in seven attempts.

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  • MC

    I’m kinda pleased with the result as the broncos and their fans were getting a lil too smug for my liking since aqquiring Manning.
    Would love to see a Steelers – Panthers SB next year.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Lot of fans want us to draft a tall wr BUT defense wins championships we need secondary asap shutdown corners preferred peyton recievers was shutdown by cbs that can cover AND catch if that was ike he would have gotten exposed like last two times we faced the broncos ijs

  • SteelersDepot

    Richard Sherman drafted in fifth round. Kam Chancellor drafted in fifth round. Byron Maxwell drafted in sixth round. Earl Thomas drafted in first round.

  • dgh57

    Talk about one team stinking up the joint! Not much went right for the Broncos all night! I was ready to grab for the remote when the 2nd half started off with a KO return for a TD. I wanted a competitive game a nail biter even but instead got a blowout! Glad I’m not a Broncos fan about now!

  • MC

    Makes me hate picks like Curtis Brown in the third even more.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Was one of the worst SB’s in recent history. I put a APB out on Denver so that the police could find them because they did not show up for this game and couldnt be found

  • dgh57

    I’d rather have a tall CB and/or FS like a Sherman/Chancellor that can cover!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Something else I find interesting is that after Carroll was fired from New England the next 5 years they won 3 SB’s. How much of that team was that that Carroll put together?

  • 243546

    Yup. Good player evaluation and development. Having great team speed, and the ability to generate a lot of pressure on the QB, will always make the secondary look good.

  • 243546

    I loved watching this Super Bowl. It looked like Steeler football.

  • Aric Brown

    Was it just me or where the Broncos receivers being mugged all night… I don’t want to take anything away from Seattles defense, but I thought the NFL was trying a bit too hard to insure that “mistakes” werent made to “take” another superbowl from the SeaChickens

  • CrazyTerry

    It is not uncommon.Patriots mugged Rams WRs in 2000. Lebeau for whatever reason does not believe in such close coverage. Lebeau veered away from that 2 years ago and we saw how they had a rare good defensive game against Brady.

  • CrazyTerry

    Gerry Dulac must feel stupid today. in a chat form a few days ago, he mentioned that this seattle D doesn’t even compare to the Steleers from SB 43 era. You saw how badly Seattle D trampled out a pretty good offense. The same offense that would have killed even the Steelres D from 2 years agao that was rated “#1″.
    This is the problem when Steelers beat writers like Ed confess to not watching games other than Steelers games. I don’t know about Gerry, but I don’t know whathe was thinking being such a homer. This Seattle D is just as good or better than the Steelers SB 43 D in the big game. 4 turnovers. 8 garbage time points. THey scored more points than they gave up. That is better than a shutout. Our D did limit Seattle to 10 measly points in 2005 but that D was not as good as this Seattle D. Denver could barely get a first down in the first 20 min.

  • CrazyTerry

    That wasn’t to Carrol’s credit. What did happen was Carroll became a better coach in college and unlike other college superstar coaches, his past experience in the NFL probably wised him up to what works in the NFL and what doesn’t. THis new Carroll is an elite coach. Lets not forget the outstanding job done by Dan Quinn. Their 5th , 6th round picks from the 2011 draft (where Steelers took Curtis Brown, Cortez Allen and Chris Carter in the 3rd -5th rounds) are their starting CBs and their 7th round pick from that same year we took Carter is Malcolm Smith, the MVP of the SB. I wonder if the steelers drafted them, would Lebeau and his staff have developed those same players the same way and more importantly at the same pace?

  • CrazyTerry

    Would lebeau have that tall CB stay 10 yards off the WR? Would Sherman be the same CB if he were a Steeler? Hell, it took K Lewis 3 years to develop here, and he actually got even better once he went to NO where he got 4 INTs in one single while he couldn’t catch one all his years here.

  • Rick M

    This Superbowl proved how crucial it is to have a General Manager who can undeniably recognize talent. Seattle GM John Schneider drafted MVP Malcolm Smith in the 7th round, Byron Maxwell in the 6th round, both Kim Chancellor and Richard Seymour in the 5th round and Russell Wilson in the 3rd round. Two of the team’s key receivers, Baldwin and Kearse were undrafted free agents.

    We always talk about how you can’t expect to find good players in later rounds. The Seattle GM blows that theory out of the water and they have a Superbowl because of it. Good to great players can be found n Rounds 5-6-7 and even as undrafted free agents.

    Eventually Seattle will lose some of these young stars to free agency. But based on Schneider’s record and smarts, they’ll simply replace them with new draftees. He didn’t play a down, but Schneider was easily the MVP of Seattle’s first Superbowl.

  • dgh57

    Whether or not he would play 10 yards off or not we STILL need to to draft CB(s) early in this years draft because that’s our biggest need and the bigger the better! Hopefully also it will be a guy that can be strong enough to play press coverage so he won’t be playing 10 yards off as much.

  • CrazyTerry

    The way I rank best defensive efforts of SB winning teams in the 21st century
    1. Seattle humiliating Peyton Manning SB 48: 4 takeaways. 8 garbage time points. Better than a shutout against the best offense of the year.
    2. Ravens killing the Giants : Ray Ray’s dance made Collins pee in his pants.
    3. TB destroying OAK : what a sad SB. Worst SB of the decade. TB’s D sure had an easy task, but still, the enormity of OAK’s defeat was mainly because of TB’s D.
    4. Giants containing high powered Brady-Moss offense: Steelers D would have been destroyed by this offense.
    5. Giants repeating the feat against Brady. Impressive as hell to do it even with Strahan’s retirement.
    6. Patriots beating Rams*: Cheating scandal. So it gets an asterisk even if limiting a high powered Rams offense in a dome to 17 points , not to mention a key INT on D that led to more points for NE’s anemic offense(how the hell did Brady win MVP for this game) has me ranking this effort this high.
    7. Steelers beating Cards: Would have been ranked much higher if they did not get beat so badly on the Larry Fitz TD play and nearly blew a game they nearly won on basis of Harrison’s memorable return. Still, except for a couple of drives, Steelers D was keeping a damn good offense in check.
    8. Steelers beating Seattle. Got lucky on the timing of a pair of nitpicky calls, but still you can’t ignore that they limited Seattle to 10 points. So that should count for something and hopefully seattle should stop whining when they clearly lost.
    9 New Orleans beating Indy. an INT and a very solid effort makes it worthy of the 9 spot.
    I couldn’t get myself to rank any of the remaining as the top 10- Balt beating SF, NE beating OPhilly, NE beating Carolina, GB beating Pittsburgh,

  • CrazyTerry

    in fact, rounds 5-7 from 2011 got them the starting corners on a great secondary and the MVP of the game today. Amazing.

  • CrazyTerry

    I agree

  • 243546

    You’re basing you’re conclusion on one game. The 2008 defense was statistically better in almost every way. Sacks, points, rushing yards, and passing yards.

  • Brendon Glad

    I kind of said this in the wrong place, so if you read my comment in the preview of the game, i’m sorry. You know how annoyed we in Steelers Nation get with how the Steelers of the Tomlin era lower their intensity level on both defense and offense when they get a double digit lead? I sure hope the Steelers watched the Seahawks today. With the score 43-8 their defensive intensity level was still absolutely incredible. THAT’S a football team! No Steelers team since the 70’s has even been close to that level of intensity that the Seahawks bring every game, ALL SIXTY minutes, with so few exceptions that we should just call it ZERO!!! The Steelers have uber-work to do if they ever want to beat Seattle unless they get broken up in FA or something. (which doesn’t appear to be a possibility for awhile). Not trying to be a negative Nancy, but a realist. They are instilling the same exact horrible fear that I had in January of 1994, by way of the Dallas Cowboys. It took quite a bit of egomania, greed, and bad luck (the Novacek, Irvin, Haley, Williams career destroying injuries) to derail that train (still snagged a Lombardi on their way down)…counting on that to happen to Seattle would be far-fetched. The Steelers better get crackin’…big time. Or our biggest dreams will stop at the Lamar Hunt trophy for a good while. No?

  • Rick M

    Yes, the guy has a great eye for talent and the 2011 late draft choices were stellar. Pete Carroll even admitted that it was Schneider who lobbied hard for Wilson, as Carroll wasn’t sold on him.

  • CrazyTerry

    Overall, I think both D’s are comparable though I rank the SB effort of this Seattle D higher. But yes, over the entire year, we had the edge in stats. But I think both are about equal. Dulac didn’t merely say he preferred the Steelers D. hell, I keep changing my mind which D I prfer. But to say they don’t even compare???

  • Callentown

    Defense wins championships.

    This may be a new day and age with offenses, but the basics that helped the Steelers win the most Super Bowls – *a strong run game and a fierce Defense* – wins championships.

    This is why the Steelers NEED to draft for defense early and often in May.

    Dave makes a good case in the comments section showing a few of the starting CBs have been later rd picks.

    Higher rd picks have a higher success rate though and our D has slipped below ‘the standard’.

    Today’s game clearly makes that case.

  • Callentown

    Yeah I saw it too. In fact all thru the playoffs. Not just with Seattle but I recall them also mugging SF.

  • Brendon Glad

    And yeah, I should have also mentioned their talent level…as another thing to start pressuring the brass to match up with….but to me, the thing that separates this Seattle team from every Steelers team i’ve watched in the Tomlin era…by a mile…and probably ahead of every Steelers team since the 70s, is the intensity level. On both sides of the ball. my double-take on them began last year when they had that stretch beginning at about the quarter pole where they absolutely obliterated several teams in a row. Without running it up…just by intensity. It continued this year…and today, yes they threw a few passes with a big lead…but SUCH conservative passes…NOT running it up to glory-grab or “make a statement”…but their players play so dang hard that they just kept taking those little passes and turning them into gigantic passes. So impressed with them that I have no idea how to cope with it. Very scary

  • Callentown

    I agree with you except it feels like the Steelers have done very well in rds 6/7 as well as undrafted players.

    Antonio Brown, Keisel, Beachum, Fast Willy..

    Anyone care to add another?

  • Brendon Glad

    I have not felt this scared about a team since Jan 1994. Dallas Cowboys…and think how many stupid decisions and weird things had to happen for them to “only” get one more Lombardi? What do we do? They are so much better than us that It’s not even funny…AND in a better cap situation. AHHHHHHHHH!

  • 243546

    The 2008 Steelers were better at every position, except CB. Overall, the 2008 Steelers had the better front 7. The 2013 Seahawks had the better secondary.

    Dulac probably shouldn’t have been so quick to dismiss Seattle’s defense. On the other hand, when you think about how dominant Harrison, Woodley, Troy, and Aaron Smith were that year, I can see why he was.

  • Brendon Glad

    i’m never afraid to admit when I’m wrong…and my derisive chuckle when Seattle hired Pete Carroll AND let him pick his own Gm BETTER be the most idiotic armchair analysis of NFL football I’ve ever made in my life…because it would be very hard to trump.

  • Rick M

    Keisel and Parker were 10 to 15 years ago. Yes, Antonio is a great receiver and Beachum is a serviceable lineman, but there’s no way you can compare Pittsburgh’s recent late round draft choices to Seattle’s. It’s night and day apart.

  • 243546

    Circumstances have a lot to do with it. The Steelers have been such a veteran group for so long, that young guys don’t get the opportunities that they would on a younger team.

  • 243546

    The Steelers need to build a dominant front 7. That has always been the key to the teams success on defense.

  • Brendon Glad

    Urghh……i don’t watch NCAAF, and I didn’t see Sherman’s combine workout so I can’t say I had any idea that it would turn out like this…but Richard Sherman is my dream corner. NFL scouts are so far below NBA scouts that it isn’t even funny. I DO watch the NFL a lot, and watch the Steelers quite closely. So without watching one NCAAF game, nor the Senior Bowl, but with an intent to watch the combine i’m going to suggest this to any Steelers fan as an armchair competition against how the db’s on the draft board actually falls…de-emphasize the 40 in your brain by about “a mental notch”while still factoring it…and focus on the field drills. Listen to Deion Sanders on NFL network as he breaks them down. That should suffice to beat 90% of all Gms, including ours. Because he tends to like DB’s who can actually CATCH a football. But if u wanna do extra diligence. Go to his college stat sheet, and in a tie…pick the one who intercepted the most balls. Do that and the average fan can be a top 10 DB scout from their chair. I can’t prove it, but I encourage someone to try it this Feb at the combine…We can come on here and make our predictions…and check them later.

  • Brendon Glad

    That’s a very good point. I think 2 things are at play. It’s clear the Steelers don’t draft DB’s with good ball skills. Would I be exaggerating if I said that if Ike Taylor had Richard Sherman’s hands that he’d have 40 career Ints? Instead of 14? I can’t document it, but that would be 3.5 ints/yr instead of 1.3…That’s fair isn’t it? We watch the games. Ive seen him drop 2 in one game more than once that would have stuck in Dolly Parton’s bustline. But on your point, I think that’s a factor as well. It seems like to utilize Troy P.s abilities best, we have had Clark as a one deep safety more than most teams implement. Thus forcing the CB’s to play more conservatively. But Perry played a lot of one deep no? So Lake could do his thing? And the interceptions were pretty high back then. So I lean towards poor scouting and player selection in the DB department…and poor development thereafter. The fact that Ike still can’t catch after 11 years is inexcusable. And I even consider Ike our best corner since Woodson. So what’s that say?

  • Brendon Glad

    70s Steelers football. Far superior to any Steelers team since. Their intensity level dips far less than any Steelers team I can ever recall. We all know the drill…even when Cowher had his streak with the double-digit lead…they still almost always let the other team back in. Seattle just stomps on their throats…and without it even seeming like a “run-up”. Threw a few very conservative passes, yes, but their players just refused to get tackled and suddenly they were still getting huge chunks. most impressive team i’ve seen since the 92-93 Cowboys.

  • Nolrog

    Seattle did a great job finding talent in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft. Hats off to them.

  • Nolrog

    LeBeau has to play like that because he doesn’t have front guys that can get to the QB. If you want to gamble and then also give the QB time to throw, you’re going to get killed.

  • Nolrog

    I agree. I texted my friend in the 2nd quarter that the game was over. They should have “the fat lady” sing the half time show instead of Bruno Mars, because the game was over by then. Really impressed with Seattle’s performance.

  • Nolrog

    Yeah, it was not an enjoyable game at all. Unless you are a Seattle fan of course, then it was spectacular.

  • Steve

    Did you read Dave’s post? “Richard Sherman drafted in fifth round. Kam Chancellor drafted in fifth round. Byron Maxwell drafted in sixth round. Earl Thomas drafted in first round.” just in case you missed it?

  • Steve

    I don’t remember one sack of Manning yesterday?

  • Steve

    Over the final eight games of ‘76, opponents averaged just 3.1 points a game against the Steel Curtain.

  • Steve

    Jerry Jones killed the Cryboys by letting Jimmy Johnson go. Yes they won under Switzer but it was a team left over from Jimmy.

  • Steve

    Cam Chancellor looks a lot like Mel Blount and may be Bigger. Mel used to beat up the receivers on the line that they were done and wouldn’t go out for passses. He is the reason they came up with not hitting a receiver after 5 yards.

  • Steve

    A playmaker needs to be drafted in round one, weather it be on D or Offense, the player needs to be a Great Athlete. We need to get a shutdown corner to take Ike’s Spot and a Safety to be groomed to take Troys position when he retires. Seattle did a great job on D, the turnovers committed by Denver caused them much pain.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    you are right about that

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I wasnt saying that Carroll should take all the credit for what the Pats done but that he maybe had a very sound base that he created that helped Belicheat.

  • dgh57

    Yeah, so what’s your point you’re trying to make? I’m responding to a someones post not to the article.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    You tell ‘em, Steve!

  • SteelerFanInMD

    The game was a dud. For me, the best part of the Superbowl was the national anthem. R. Flemming sang it the way it should be, with pride and dignity.

  • sean mcmartin

    Sadly, The Steelers do not have the talent on defense any longer.
    if they faced seattle it would have been the same or more than likely worse.
    I hope this draft is solid with at least one starter, but that alone is not enough to turn the corner.

  • sean mcmartin

    It sure is lack of talent and bad drafting, This so called “standard” is complete BS. stupid picks like 4th round bench warmer L. Jones..Coach rhetoric does not inspire greatness like the”Chin” never will..

  • HiVul

    I didn’t think it was over at 22-0 (half time) mainly because the superbowl last year was fresh on my mind. If the Broncos would have gotten hot a la the 49ers, it could have been a close game. That’s what I was hoping for, I personally stopped watching in the late 3rd quarter.

  • sean mcmartin

    I remember when “The Chin” had a defensive Mantra often repeated by greg lloyd and company..3 yards a play was the rallying call.
    The Steelers need to re tool this defense, they need a d-line that can push the line back and have some intensity..maybe the next coach will be able to lead and motivate lesser players

  • MC

    For every steeler db that has had success we’ve had a Ricardo Coclough, Curtis Brown and an Anthony Smith thrown in there. I’d like to see more consistency from them when picking secondary players.

  • alex

    all we heard all week, was payton this and payton that…he was being annointed without even playing the game…

    that makes for no greater a motivator for such an aggressive D as the Hawks…

    they were being challenged as men and they killed it!

    ps…now everybody is going to be looking for long agrressive ball hawkers @ the DB position, which is where we need to spend three picks on this year!

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m gonna take some credit!!!! I’ve been in love with big DBs for the last decade! Seattles D looks my Madden teams. Anytime one of ours retires I replace em with big ass dudes! That’s my only complaint about Madden25, you can’t turn fast LBs into DBs anymore!
    The 3 that I think we have a chance of getting at least one of are Desir, Baptiste and McGill!
    There’s a couple of big late round safety’s too!

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m gonna take some credit!!!! I’ve been in love with big DBs for the last decade! Seattles D looks my Madden teams. Anytime one of ours retires I replace em with big ass dudes! That’s my only complaint about Madden25, you can’t turn fast LBs into DBs anymore!
    The 3 that I think we have a chance of getting at least one of are Desir, Baptiste and McGill!
    There’s a couple of big late round safety’s too!

  • CrazyTerry

    Was I even discussing the 70s era Steelers?

  • Steve

    The discussion was on who was the better D. My point is there is none better than the 76 Steeler D.

  • Steve

    We need to get a few of his scouts who evaluate the talent.

  • Steve

    What made Jimmys Cowboy team was the trade of Herschel Walker to Vikings. Almost like when New Orleans (Ditka) gave up their draft for the rights to Ricky Williams.

  • Steve

    What makes the 3-4 is the linebackers. Yes,, you need a good line and a good secondary, but when over a fourth of your D is in Linebackers this is the Key. Keisel, Smith, Hampton, Heyward will all tell you one of their jobs is to keep lineman off the linebacker, so that they can make the tackle.

  • Steve

    Don’t know if the Steeler would have committed as many turnovers.

  • Steve

    Can you replace fast DB for LB in Madden25? Brian Urlacher came into the league as a DB and was moved to LB, try that.

  • Brendon Glad

    That was the “egomania” part. And the biggest part. But even with that, it still took the creation of the salary cap, Haley, Novacek, Irvin’s and Erik Williams’ career-damaging injuries, a drug-overdose, Leon Lett’s substance abuse derailment, and a couple other things before that monster was officially dead.

  • Matt Manzo

    No! CBs can only be moved from left to right and safety’s from strong to free. U don’t even have the option of putting them on the depth chart of different positions. In the past u could put any defender anywhere. LBs can’t even play FB!

  • Callentown

    Actually, I was not comparing the Steeler draft picks with Seattle’s. I was comparing the Steeler draft picks with Steeler draft picks.

    Thoughout the past few years, there is a trend of getting better quality later in the draft than rounds 2 – 4. And beyond the few I mentioned, there are MANY others. I was on my phone and didn’t have time to list all of them.

    All that said, I doubt any team compares to what the Seahawks have done in getting people in from low rounds. Makes me wonder what they did with the early picks as few are starters.

  • Steve

    Don’t seem right. Ike said he wants to play Safety and can’t on Madden25. So what does he do, Retire?

  • CrazyTerry

    I gotta look it up again, then. Because the chat question I was referring to , seemed to compare the recent Steelers SB winning D, not the 70s one.

  • Steve

    Be my guest, find a better D! I dare ya!

  • Steve

    Cryboys are building a new practice facility in Frisco. Jerrys World part 2.

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