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Beast Mode: Seahawks destroy Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII

Marshawn Lynch of the Seahawks plows in for a score against the Broncos.
Marshawn Lynch of the Seahawks plows in for a score against the Broncos.
ESPN - Mel Adams

Super Bowl XLVIII took place at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 2, 2014, and it was pitting the NFL's top-ranked offense versus the NFL's top-ranked defense. The Denver Broncos went in with a lot of momentum, but then, so did the Seattle Seahawks. This was going to be a classic battle of offense versus defense for the whole thing, and only one could come out on top.

The old cliche of "defense wins championships" proved to be correct as the Seahawks demolished the Broncos 43-8.

Thing started off bad for the Broncos, and that should have been a sign from the get-go.

Denver actually lost the coin toss, but Seattle deferred to give the Broncos the ball first. On the very first snap, Peyton Manning had the ball snapped over his head and it went into the end zone for a safety to give Seattle a 2-0 lead.

From there, the Seahawks had two more good drives in the first quarter that ended up stalled and with two field goals from Steven Hauschka. At the end of the first quarter of the Super Bowl, the Seahawks were leading 8-0.

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The second quarter continued in the same matter as Marshawn Lynch plowed in for a one-yard touchdown to put Seattle up 15-0. About 10 minutes later, Peyton Manning threw his second interception of the night and it was returned 69 yards for a touchdown.

Seattle led 22-0 at halftime.

As soon as the second half began, Percy Harvin took the third quarter kickoff back 87 yards for a touchdown. 12 minutes later, Jermaine Kearse continued his big night as he caught a 23-yard, tackle-breaking pass for a score from Russell Wilson.

Denver ended up with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Manning to Demaryius Thomas before the third quarter ended. That helped Denver avoid the shutout in Super Bowl XLVIII.

The fourth quarter consisted of another Wilson touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin to make it 43-8 with just under 12 minutes left in the game. From there, the Seahawks worked on running out as much of the clock as possible en route to their first NFL championship ever.

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