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Legion of Boom Reigns Supreme

Shannon Stern

The scene was set from the start of the season. The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks were predicted to face each other in Super Bowl 48. This prediction came true. On February 2nd, both teams faced off in East Rutherford, New Jersey. While weather was surmised to be a factor, this outdoor game at MetLife Stadium was played in rather mild temperatures for winter with only a bit of rain around halftime.

 

It was the perfect game: the number one offense going up against the number on defense. The game would be highly competitive with each team giving the other a run for their money. However, this was not the case. The first play of the game resulted in Seattle racking up two points due to a safety. This was the third consecutive safety scored in a Super Bowl game and the fastest score in a Super Boql game. After taking the lead 2 – 0, the Seahawks never looked back.

 

The Broncos had their chances to pull it together, but they fell short. In fact, they went into halftime without putting a single point on the board while Seattle had compiled 22 total points. This last happened in the 2000 Super Bowl where the Ravens shut out the Giants going into halftime by a score of 10 to 0.

 

In fact, this game brought many similarities to the reigning Super Bowl champions. The game was similar in many ways to the game played last year in New Orleans. Fans, analysts, and players were speculating for the lights to go out during the first few minutes of the third quarter, reminiscent of what happened last year. This speculation only grew once Percy Harvin scored a touchdown on the kickoff return to start the second half. His 87 yard return was eerily similar to Jacoby Jones’ 108 yard return the previous year. This had the media abuzz over the similarities of the game. It was then expected for the lights to go out and for the Broncos to edge closer to the Seahawks.

 

But, this did not occur. The Seahawks continued to walk all over the Broncos, scoring both offensively and defensively to end the game with a score of 43 to 8. Former USC offensive linebacker Malcolm Smith made great plays that included a pick-six. This led him to being named the game’s MVP. Russell Wilson proved to be cool, calm, and collected. He dominated the game and played and acted with grace both on and off the field. Pete Carroll became the third coach to win both an NCAA Championship and a Super Bowl.

 

While the game is over, the talk about the game and its players will continue. What is next for Peyton Manning? Will he come back and play another year with Denver? What about the free agents? Where will they land? Will there ever be another Super Bowl played in a cold-weather city in an outdoor stadium? While these questions remain unanswered for now, the only sure thing is that Seattle deserved to win Super Bowl 48. Defense wins championships. Congratulations, Seattle Seahawks!