published Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Seahawks break Broncos 43-8 to win Super Bowl

Seattle Seahawks' Zach Miller dumps Gatorade on Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8.
Seattle Seahawks' Zach Miller dumps Gatorade on Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8.
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    Seattle Seahawks' Doug Baldwin dives between Denver Broncos' Mike Adams, left, and Danny Trevathan for a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Seattle Seahawks have won their first Super Bowl title, crushing the favored Denver Broncos 43-8.

Linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception of Peyton Manning 69 yards for a touchdown late in the first half Sunday, and Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for another TD.

The Seahawks led 36-0 before Denver finally scored on the last play of the third quarter.

Manning was 34 of 49 for 280 yards, but most of that came after Seattle had all but put the game away. He was flustered by Seattle's fierce defense for most of the first half, throwing two interceptions. The second fluttered into Smith's hands after Cliff Avril struck the five-time NFL MVP's arm as he was releasing the ball.

Second-year quarterback Russell Wilson was coolly efficient for the Seahawks, throwing for two touchdowns.

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