EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl title Sunday night in overpowering fashion, punishing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-8. Their relentless defense, the NFL’s stingiest, never let the five-time MVP get going, disarming the highest-scoring offense in league history.
Seattle (16-3) was too quick, too physical and just too good for Denver. What was hyped as a classic matchup between an unstoppable offense and a miserly defense turned into a rout.
Punctuating Seattle’s dominance were a 69-yard interception return touchdown by linebacker Malcolm Smith to make it 22-0 in the second quarter, and Percy Harvin’s sensational 87-yard kickoff runback to open the second half to make it 29-0.
Smith was the game’s MVP.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - The first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl in the nation’s most congested region confounded skeptics on the first count, as unseasonably warm temperatures served as a pleasant backdrop for Sunday’s NFL title game. But long delays leaving MetLife Stadium for the thousands who heeded organizers’ advice and took mass transit left a sour taste.
Organizers had dubbed the game the first mass-transit Super Bowl and spent considerable effort urging fans to take trains or buses to the stadium. The message apparently took hold, as nearly 28,000 rode the rails from nearby Secaucus Junction. That far surpassed New Jersey Transit’s previous record of 22,000 riders in 2009 for a U2 concert, and nearly doubled optimistic pregame estimates of 15,000.
After Sunday’s game, fans converged on the rail station for the return trip, clogging the platform as trains loaded and left when full. The agency eventually opened a second platform to accommodate the overflow crowd. It finally took NJ Transit bringing in more than 50 buses to shuttle fans to the Port Authority terminal in New York City - almost two hours after Seattle completed its 43-8 victory over Denver - to eliminate the long delays at the stadium area.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman went to the locker room in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Super Bowl with a high ankle sprain.
He reappeared on the field after the game, celebrating the victory on crutches.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - A man jumped onto the podium during Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith’s postgame news conference, grabbed the microphone and said the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were “perpetrated by people with your own government.”
Smith sat dumbfounded when the man suddenly appeared on his right side.
The man said: “Investigate 9/11. 9/11 was perpetrated by people with your own government.” He quickly walked away, and security converged on him.
It wasn’t immediately clear if he was taken into custody.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ray Guy became the first punter elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.