East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Seattle rode its top-ranked defense
to a big first-half lead in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday.
Peyton Manning and the top-ranked Denver offense? After a slow start, they got
the Seahawks to bend a little, but Cliff Avril and Malcolm Smith made sure the
defense didn't break.
Avril hit Manning on a throw and Smith intercepted the pass, returning it for
a 69-yard touchdown that gave the Seahawks a 22-0 lead at halftime.
Seattle scored 16 points off Denver turnovers, including a safety 12 seconds
into the game after the ball was snapped over Manning's head on the first play
from scrimmage. It was the fastest score in Super Bowl history.
Manning threw two interceptions in the half -- both leading to Seattle
touchdowns. Kam Chancellor's interception late in the first quarter set up
Marshawn Lynch's 1-yard touchdown for Seattle.
Manning is attempting to become the first starting quarterback to lead two
different franchises to a Super Bowl win.
The Broncos are 2-4 in six previous Super Bowls, winning back-to-back titles
in 1998-99 behind quarterback John Elway, who is now the team's executive vice
president of football operations.
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