By Austen Bundy
Viva Loudoun High School Intern
(Feb. 3, 2014) – Well, there you have it folks, the Seattle Seahawks are world champions, defeating the Denver Broncos by a final score of 43-8.
Wow, I was way off when I predicted a score of 24-20 in favor of Seattle!
That 35 point margin was the fourth largest in Super Bowl history and nothing new in Broncos history.
Denver has lost five of its eight Super Bowl appearances, with its worst loss coming from a 55-10 rout by Joe Montana and the 49ers in Super Bowl XXIV in 1990.
History aside, the Seahawks dominated on all sides of the ball, scoring touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams.
Seattle scored the game’s first points just twelve seconds into the game as Denver’s first snap sailed over Peyton Manning’s head and into the end zone for a safety.
After two Steven Hauschka field goals and a 1-yard touchdown run by Marshawn “Beastmode” Lynch, the Seahawks had jumped to a 15-0 lead.
The game’s MVP, linebacker Malcolm Smith, had an interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter, putting Seattle up 22-0 at the half.
After an amazing, and at times inquisitive, halftime show by Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Broncos would kick off to Seattle… only to find wide receiver Percy Harvin high stepping into the end zone after an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, also just twelve seconds into the half.
Hmm, it must be just a weird coincidence.
It seemed like Denver would score its first points late in the third quarter but a lost fumble by wide receiver Demariyus Thomas, recovered by who else but Malcolm Smith, would lead to a 23-yard touchdown reception by tight end Jermaine Kearse.
Finally, as time expired in the third quarter, Manning threw a 14-yard touchdown toss to Thomas and after a successful two-point conversion made the score 36-8 with 15 minutes to play.
But Seattle just added insult to injury, scoring another touchdown with 11 minutes left in the game after a failed Matt Prater onside kick, coming to what would be the conclusive score of 43-8.
Now if you ask me, Seattle had the best game in franchise history, and I don’t mean the score or stats.
A safety scored 12 seconds into the first half and then a kickoff return touchdown 12 seconds into the second half in Super Bowl XLVIII, which is a factor of 12.
Looks like the 12th man had its influence on fate in East Rutherford, NJ on Feb. 2, 2014.
Yes, you can call me a conspiracy theorist but I’m just saying!
It just wasn’t Denver’s night at Metlife Stadium and Seattle proved it.
But to just think it all started with a safety… just 12 seconds into the game for the 12th man’s team.
Austen Bundy is a junior at Freedom High School where he is having a great winter swim season!