Super Bowl Recap

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The Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 last night in Super Bowl XLVIII (aka 48). On paper, it was an excellent matchup, the best defense (Seattle) vs. the best offense (Denver), young Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson vs. golden oldie Peyton Manning of the Broncos (on a side note, Wilson was nine years old when Manning started his first NFL game. Weird.) . But it’s safe to say football’s biggest game didn’t turn out the way anyone thought, from the shocking first play to the Seahawks’ 22-point lead at halftime. Even the commercials were a bit anticlimactic, since most of them leaked online the week before. Here are my highlights from the long night. For a complete play-by-play click here.

  • The coin toss featured another one of Joe Namath’s furry disasters. The Seahawks won the toss and chose to kick.
  • On the first offensive play of the game, Peyton Manning missed the snap from center, resulting in a safety and an early/bizarre 2-0 lead for the Seahawks.
  • The Broncos did not earn a first down at all in the first quarter. The Seahawks, in the meantime, built an 8-0 lead.
  • The Seahawks intercepted two of Manning’s passes in the first half alone. Defense really does win, and this game proved it.
  • By halftime, my Pub compatriots and I were in disbelief that this is the Super Bowl. Our comparisons ranged from a college football game to a high school football game in Texas.
  • At 7:53 p.m., Kenyon’s own Nite Bites gave out coupons in the Pub. 
  • Bruno Mars killed it in the halftime show. The little cameo by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was also highly appreciated, awkward as it may have been.
  • The Broncos finally scored at the end of the third quarter, with a touchdown and two-point conversion, making the score 36-8 in favor of the Seahawks. It wasn’t much, but it was something.
  • After the Seahawks scored yet another touchdown, cornerback Richard Sherman went down with an ankle injury.
  • With two minutes left, the Seahawks put in their backup quarterbackRussell Wilson deserved a rest.
  • Peyton’s little brother, Eli Manning, was not happy. Peyton didn’t have a good game either, though.
  • Seahawks’ linebacker Malcolm Smith earned the Super Bowl MVP award.
  • In retrospect, I think I should have watched the Puppy Bowl instead.

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