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Seahawks celebrate first title after dominating performance

Feb 3rd, 2014 - Sports News

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The blowout Super Bowl made a return Sunday - Seattle Seahawks 43, Denver Broncos 8. Russell Wilson tossed a pair of TD passes and the Seahawks capitalized on a host of Broncos mistakes in their stunningly easy upset.

Twelve seconds into the game, the Seahawks scored on a safety. Twelve seconds into the second half, Percy Harvin crossed the goal line to cap an 87-yard kickoff return.

In the most lopsided Super Bowl in 21 years, the Seahawks breezed to their first NFL championship since entering the league as a 2-12 expansion team in 1976. It's Seattle's first major sports championship since the old NBA SuperSonics won it all in 1979.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson tossed threw a pair of touchdown passes in directing an efficient Seattle offense that scored three touchdowns directly off Denver mistakes.

The Seahawks scored touchdowns running and receiving, returning a kickoff and also with an interception return, as well with two field goals and a safety to start the game.

NFC teams now have won five of the last seven Super Bowls.

Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception of Peyton Manning 69 yards for a touchdown and later recovered a fumble in winning Super Bowl MVP honors in the Seahawks' 43-8 victory over Denver.

Smith is only the third linebacker in Super Bowl history to earn the award, joining Ray Lewis of Baltimore in 2001, and Chuck Howley of Dallas in 1971.

It was appropriate that a member of Seattle's league-leading "D'' would be the MVP, considering the way the Seahawks shut down Manning and Denver's record-breaking offense, forcing four turnovers and holding the Broncos scoreless until the last play of the third quarter.

Smith's pick-6 made it 22-0 late in the first half, and Seattle was on its way.

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