If the Denver Broncos thought their nightmare was over at the end of the first half, they were gravely mistaken.
Like the first half, the second half began with points being put up by the Seattle Seahawks.
Returner Percy Harvin took a short kick by Matt Prater and took it 87 yards to build the Seattle lead to 29 points.
After being forced to punt, the Broncos pinned the Seahawks inside their 10-yard line. Seattle wasn’t able to get much going on the drive; and were forced to punt for the first time in the game with 7:22 remaining in the third quarter.
Peyton Manning finally completed a pass of decent(23-yards), but the completion was moot; as Demaryius Thomas had the ball punched out of his arms by Byron Maxwell. It was recovered by Malcolm Smith. This was the second of three Denver turnovers to occur on the Seattle side of the field.
The Seahawks took less than three minutes to capitalize, as receiver Jermaine Kearse broke three seemingly sure tackles for a 23-yard score.
The Broncos finally got on the board with time expired in the third quarter, on Demaryius Thomas’ 12th reception of the game (a new Super Bowl record).
On the final play of the third stanza, Wes Welker took a screen pass into the end zone for a two-point conversion. The third ended with the Seahawks leading 36-8.