Super Bowl XLVIII

Super Bowl XLVIII

February 2, 2014
February 2, 2014
 
Denver Broncos
AFC
8
43
Seattle Seahawks
NFC

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Super Bowl XLVIII was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Denver Broncos and National Football Conference (NFC) champion Seattle Seahawks to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2013 season. The Seahawks defeated the Broncos 43–8, the largest margin of victory for an underdog and the third largest point differential overall (35) in Super Bowl history, and the largest since Super Bowl XXVII (1993).[8] It was the first time the winning team scored over 40 points, while holding their opponent to under 10. This became the first Super Bowl victory for the Seahawks and the fifth Super Bowl loss for the Broncos, the most of any team. The game was played on February 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey,[9] the first Super Bowl played outdoors in a cold-weather city.[10]

For the first time since Super Bowl XLIV (2010), and just the second time in 20 seasons, the number one seed from each conference met in the league championship. The Seahawks posted a 13–3 record and were making their second Super Bowl appearance in 8 years. The Broncos were making their seventh Super bowl appearance after also posting a 13–3 record.[11] The game also featured the league's top offense (Denver) against the top defense (Seattle), the first time this had occurred since Super Bowl XXXVII (2003).[12]

Seattle built a 22–0 halftime lead, and then a 36–0 advantage before allowing Denver's first score on the final play of the third quarter. The Seahawks defense scored a safety on the first play from scrimmage, the quickest score in Super Bowl history. They also became the first team in a Super Bowl to score on a safety, a kick off return for a touchdown, and an interception return for a touchdown. The Broncos were held to almost 30 points below their scoring average.[13] Five-time NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Peyton Manning of Denver threw two interceptions in the first half. Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, who returned one of those interceptions 69-yards for a touchdown, recovered a fumble and made nine tackles, was named Super Bowl MVP.[14]

At the time, the broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox broke the record for the most-watched program in American television history,[15] with an average audience of 111.5 million viewers,[16][15] while the Super Bowl halftime show featuring Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers reached up to 115.3 million viewers.[16][15]

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Malcolm Smith
Linebacker
bornJuly 4, 1989
Northridge, California, U.S.
height6ft 
Mitt Romney
American politician
bornMarch 11, 1947
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Dick Cheney
Vice President of the United States
bornJanuary 29, 1941
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
Resides inJackson, Wyoming
Peyton Manning
Quarterback
bornMarch 23, 1976
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
height6ft 5in

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MVP

Malcolm Xavier Smith[1] (born July 5, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). Smith attended the University of Southern California (USC), where he played college football for the USC Trojans. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Smith was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLVIII.

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MetLife Stadium
MetLife Stadium is a sports stadium located at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States. It is the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets of the National Football League and is adjacent to the site of the former Giants Stadium, which was home to the Giants from 1976 until December 2009 and the Jets from 1984 until January 2010. Like its predecessor, MetLife Stadium is the only NFL stadium shared by two teams.
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