The Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl champions for the first time in team history.
And they are bringing a major national championship back to the Emerald City for the first time in 35 years.
The Seahawks jumped on the Denver Broncos on the first play from scrimmage in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, then never let up. A shocking defensive performance shut down Peyton Manning and the Broncos for a full 60 minutes, and the Hawks dominated MetLife Stadium for a 43-8 victory Sunday.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates as Percy Harvin returns the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown during Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)
They were hungry. They were determined. They were overwhelming.
And now they are Super Bowl champions.
The game was all but over by the time Bruno Mars took the halftime stage and the Red Hot Chili Peppers took off their shirts. Seattle had powered to a 22-0 lead by the break … but with Manning under center for the Broncos, a historic comeback was on the minds of all 82,529 fans at the Meadowlands.
Until the first play of the second half, that is, when Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin — who played in just two games up until Sunday — fielded Matt Prater’s kickoff and took it 87 yards to the opposite end zone.
Seattle had a 29-0 lead. By the middle of the third quarter, they led 36-0 thanks to a touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to wideout Jermaine Kearse. By the end of the fourth quarter, Tarvaris Jackson was playing quarterback.
It wasn’t until the final play of the third quarter that Seattle allowed Denver to score, on a 14-yard pass from Manning to Demaryius Thomas for his 12th catch of the night — a Super Bowl record. But by that point, the Broncos faced an insurmountable deficit.
The game was all Seattle’s. And it was from the very beginning.