The Seattle Seahawks won their first Super Bowl in franchise history after defeating the Denver Broncos, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith was named the Super Bowls’ most valuable player following the game.
Smith had a 69-yard interception returned for a touchdown, a fumble recovery and 10 total tackles against the Broncos.
Smith is only the third linebacker to be named the MVP of a Super Bowl.
One of the most vocal leaders on the Seattle defense, Richard Sherman, had only three tackles on the night including one in the fourth quarter that led to him exiting the game.
Sherman missed the remainder of the fourth quarter due to a high ankle sprain.
Aside from the scoring on the defensive side of the ball, the Seahawks found the scoring trifecta with offensive touchdowns and a touchdown on special teams.
After missing most of the regular season, Percy Harvin opened the second half with a kick return for a touchdown.
At the helm of the Seahawks is Pete Carroll, who joins Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer as the only head coaches to win a NCAA National Championship and a SuperBowl title.
Carroll won multiple national titles as the head coach of USC.
For the Broncos, the offense ran into trouble as early as the first 12 seconds of the game.
A snap went over the head of quarterback Peyton Manning and bounced into the end zone which was then ruled a safety for the early 2-0 Seattle lead.
Manning and the offense got the Broncos on the board after the Seahawks scored 36 straight points.
Following the Broncos only touchdown, Wes Welker made a 2-point conversion to close out the third quarter.
While the Broncos’ offense only scored one touchdown, two offensive players set Super Bowl records.
Manning set a record with 34 completions while Broncos’ receiver Demaryius Thomas set a record with 13 total receptions throughout the game.
The Seahawks and the Broncos finish the season at 13-3.