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Continued: Feel the noise: Seahawks crush Broncos to win first Super Bowl

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 3, 2014 - 7:12 AM

Throw in a fumble recovery, nine tackles and a pass defense and, well, Smith became a well-deserving MVP winner. He also summed up the nature of a nasty defense that’s well represented by unsung late-round and undrafted players.

Asked what his 40 time was at the scouting combine, Smith, a seventh-round pick in 2011, smiled and said, “I didn’t get invited to the combine.”

Three seasons later, he literally picked off and ran away with the MVP that many had earmarked for Manning. At 24 years, 212 days, Smith became the fourth-youngest MVP in Super Bowl history.

“I don’t think you ever get over a loss like this,” Manning said. “But I think this team used last year’s playoff loss to fuel us. Hopefully we can use this to fuel us into next year as well. But it takes time. No question, it’s not a quick fix.”

Seattle, which led the league in every major defensive category, including points allowed (14.4) and takeaways (37), had four takeaways in the Super Bowl and eight in three postseason games.

Offensively, Seattle didn’t turn the ball over. Wilson completed 18 of 25 passes for 206 yards, two touchdowns and a 123.1 passer rating, his highest rating in five postseason games and third of 104.6 or higher.

“Russell played a perfect game,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “He did exactly what we wanted him to do.”

Kickoff came with a temperature of 49 degrees under partly cloudy skies. So the first Super Bowl played outdoors in a cold-weather venue was 10 degrees warmer than Super Bowl VI, which remains the coldest game in Super Bowl history. Also, as an FYI, it was colder in both Seattle and Denver on Sunday.

So the weather that everyone talked about all week was a non-story. Mother Nature bowed to the NFL, making the only ice-cold memories Manning-made in what ended up tying for the third-most-lopsided outcome in Super Bowl history.

 

Mark Craig • mcraig@startribune.com













 

  • SUPER BOXL XLVIII: SEATTLE 43, DENVER 8

    MVP: Malcolm Smith, LB, Seattle

    WRONG END OF HISTORY

    With their fifth Super Bowl loss, the Broncos broke a tie with the Vikings, Bills and Patriots for most in NFL history. They also have been on the losing end of three of the five biggest blowouts in history:

    1990: San Francisco 55, Denver 10 (45 points) 

    1986: Chicago 46, New England 10 (36)

    1993: Dallas 52, Buffalo 17 (35)

    2014: Seattle 43, Denver 8 (35) 

    1988: Washington 42, Denver 10 (32) 

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Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee 7 pmX24-23
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Oct 21 - at. NY Giants 7:40 pmX23-7
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