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Miami, Florida 5 [note 2]. Pasadena, California 4 [note 1]. Pontiac, Michigan [note 1]. Pasadena, California 5 [note 1]. Kicker Steven Hauschka ranked fourth in the NFL in scoring points and second in field goal percentage. Seattle had the NFL's top defense, with the fewest yards allowed per game They were the first team since the Chicago Bears to lead the league in all three categories. Avril also forced five fumbles, while Bennett recovered three, returning them for 39 yards and a touchdown.
Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald also made a big impact with 5. Linebacker Bobby Wagner led the team in combined tackles , while also racking up five sacks and two interceptions.
But the best aspect of the defense was their secondary — collectively known as the Legion of Boom — which sent three of their four starters to the Pro Bowl: Denver finished the season 13—3 for the second straight year, winning the AFC West division and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Broncos had the best offense in the NFL, leading the league in points scored , the highest total in NFL history and yards gained 7, In command of the offense was year veteran quarterback Peyton Manning.
Now in his second year as the team's starter, Manning posted one of the best seasons of any quarterback in NFL history, leading the league in completions, attempts, yards, and touchdown passes. His 5, passing yards and 55 touchdown completions both set new NFL records. His completions were the second-highest total in NFL history, and his Denver's leading pass-catcher was Pro Bowl receiver Demaryius Thomas , who caught 92 passes for 1, yards and 14 touchdowns.
But Manning had plenty of other reliable options, including Eric Decker 97 receptions, 1, yards, 11 touchdowns , Wes Welker 73 receptions, yards, 10 touchdowns , and Pro Bowl tight end Julius Thomas 65 receptions, yards, 12 touchdowns. Overall, they made Denver the first team in NFL history ever to have four players with at least 10 touchdown receptions in a season.
Running back Knowshon Moreno was the team's leading rusher with 1, yards and 10 touchdowns, while also catching 60 passes for yards and another three scores. Rookie running back Montee Ball was also a big contributor with rushing yards, four touchdowns, and 20 receptions. The team's offensive line featured Pro Bowl guard Louis Vasquez. His only miss of the year was from 52 yards, and he set a new NFL record for the longest field goal ever made 64 yards , breaking a record that had stood for 44 years.
Defensive end Shaun Phillips anchored the Broncos' line with 10 sacks, while linebacker Danny Trevathan racked up combined tackles, three forced fumbles, and three interceptions.
Defensive end Malik Jackson was also a key component of the defense with 42 tackles and six sacks, helping compensate for the loss of Von Miller , who had five sacks in nine games before suffering a season-ending injury.
Both the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos entered the postseason as the number one seed in their respective conferences, and as such started with first-round byes.
The Seahawks had a point lead at halftime, but although the Saints were able to halve the deficit in the fourth quarter, they could not close the gap further before a botched play in the final seconds ended the game, with the Seahawks winning 23— The Seahawks then played in the NFC Championship Game at home against the rival San Francisco 49ers ; the two teams had each won once against the other during the regular season.
Despite entering halftime with a 7-point deficit, the Seahawks took the lead in the fourth quarter thanks largely to Colin Kaepernick losing one fumble and throwing two interceptions. The second interception came in the final seconds of the game when Richard Sherman batted the ball into the arms of Malcolm Smith to seal the 23—17 win and send the Seahawks to their second Super Bowl in franchise history. Although their record-breaking offense was held to an unusually low 24 points, the Broncos still emerged victorious, 24—17, having shut out the Chargers until the fourth quarter.
The Broncos won 26—16 on the back of a yard passing performance by Manning, which included two touchdown drives that lasted over seven minutes each, earning the Broncos their first Super Bowl berth since As the Broncos were the designated home team in the annual rotation between AFC and NFC teams, they elected to wear their home uniform orange jerseys with white pants while the Seahawks wore a mixed uniform white jerseys with navy-blue pants, representing away and home, respectively. Further raising the possibility that cold temperatures could have affected the game was that the winter of was particularly cold in North America.
The team took up of the rooms until the night of January 29 before taking up the entire hotel. The team hosted the press conferences during the week on a cruise ship docked at the pier of the hotel. The team retrofitted some rooms into training and massage rooms and occupied the pool. Meanwhile, in Manhattan , Broadway , from 34th to 47th streets, was transformed into Super Bowl Boulevard from January 29 to February 1, allowing the public to participate in various NFL-related activities.
In the week leading up to the game, there were various events throughout, some of which are NFL-sponsored. Highlights of the week as presented by the Host Committee were: For the third consecutive year, a webcast was provided for viewers. Although normally requiring a television subscription to use, Fox made the service available as a free preview for the Super Bowl. Due to contractual restrictions imposed by the NFL's exclusive digital and mobile content deals with Microsoft and Verizon Communications , Fox was unable to offer any additional camera angles or offer streaming on smartphones.
For the first time in Super Bowl history, a dedicated Spanish language telecast of the game was broadcast in the United States. The broadcast was carried by sister cable network Fox Deportes as part of a larger package of marquee games simulcast from Fox, and featured commentary and surrounding coverage in that language. Spanish-language cable telecast outside of soccer.
NFL Network produced an international television feed of the game, with alternate English-language commentary provided by Bob Papa play-by-play and Charles Davis color analyst. Fox began selling advertising for the game in May  and announced it had sold out on December 4.
Meanwhile, a Coca-Cola spot with people of diverse cultures singing " America the Beautiful " in various languages ignited controversy, with political commentators such as Glenn Beck , Todd Starnes and Allen West condemning the ad for discouraging assimilation , while others considered it a tribute to the idea of the United States as a multicultural society.
Aliens ' footsteps, Paramount paid for the debut trailers for Transformers: The game was nationally broadcast on Westwood One radio, with Kevin Harlan as play-by-play announcer, Boomer Esiason as color analyst, and James Lofton and Mark Malone as sideline reporters.
Scott Graham , who hosted additional pregame coverage for Westwood One, also served as MetLife Stadium's public address system announcer for the game. The flagship stations of each station in the markets of each team carried their local play-by-play calls. Sirius XM Radio carried the Westwood One and local team feeds over satellite radio , along with the call in eight other languages. Outside of those stations, all the other stations in the Seahawks and Broncos radio networks carried the Westwood One call per NFL rules.
In the United Kingdom, Absolute Radio 90s carried the game for the first time, taking over rights from the BBC , who carried the contest for several years prior. The in-house Absolute Radio broadcast featured Darren Fletcher on color commentary the same capacity in which he served with the BBC , Rocky Boiman with additional contributions and Will Gavin on play-by-play.
On September 8, , the league announced that Bruno Mars would perform at halftime. The halftime performance was the most watched in the history of the Super Bowl drawing in a record It was later revealed that the music was pre-recorded. Every band in the last 10 years at the Super Bowl has performed to a previously recorded track.
It's the NFL's policy. Planners initially indicated there would not be a halftime show at all due to the possibility of poor weather conditions. Touchdown Entertainment, the company that produced the event, incorporated the live audience into the show and transformed the crowd into "the largest ever LED screen".
The hats transformed the audience into an enormous human video screen made up of over 80, pixels. The company that invented and provided the crowd activation technology is the Montreal-based company PixMob. The game kicked off at 6: On Denver's first play after receiving the opening kickoff, center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball while quarterback Peyton Manning was shifting forward from shotgun formation in the process of calling an audible, resulting in the ball going past Manning into the end zone.
Running back Knowshon Moreno recovered the ball to prevent a Seahawks touchdown, but he was downed for a safety to give the Seahawks a 2—0 lead. Denver was forced to a three-and-out on their next drive, and after the Denver punt, Russell Wilson completed a yard pass to Doug Baldwin , leading to another Hauschka field goal, this one from 33 yards, that increased the lead to 8—0.
On the third play of Denver's ensuing possession, Manning was intercepted by Kam Chancellor , giving Seattle a first down on the Denver Aided by a yard run from Harvin on the first play, Seattle quickly got the ball into the red zone. The Broncos defense eventually managed to force an incomplete pass on third down, but defensive back Tony Carter was flagged for pass interference in the end zone, giving Seattle a first down at the one-yard line. One play later, running back Marshawn Lynch crashed into the end zone, hitting the line so effectively that he ended the play on his feet, scoring a 1-yard touchdown run that made the score 15—0 three minutes into the second quarter.
At this point, the Broncos offense finally managed to get moving, picking up a first down for the first time in the game at But on third-and, Manning was hit by Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril as he tried to throw a pass to Moreno, causing a high short floater that was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith and returned 69 yards for a touchdown.
After Seattle's kickoff, Denver mounted a drive to the Seahawks' yard line, aided by Demaryius Thomas 's yard reception on third-and With just over a minute left in the half, Denver faced fourth-and Rather than kick a field goal, they tried to pick up a first down, but Manning's pass was incomplete and the score would remain 22—0 at the end of the half. The point deficit was the largest faced by the Broncos all season.
In order to avoid a big kickoff return, Matt Prater kicked the second half kickoff short, hitting the ground at the Seattle yard line. But it did not stop Harvin from picking the ball out of the air and taking off for an yard touchdown return that increased Seattle's lead to 29—0.
The touchdown took place 12 seconds into the second half, exactly the same amount of time that the Seahawks took to score the safety in the first half. It was also the first time that consecutive Super Bowls had kickoff returns for touchdowns Jacoby Jones ' return in Super Bowl XLVII being the previous one, which was also the second half opening kickoff.
After an exchange of punts, Eric Decker gave Denver good field position with a 9-yard return to the Denver Two plays later, Manning completed a yard pass to Demaryius Thomas, but cornerback Byron Maxwell knocked the ball out of his hands and Malcolm Smith recovered it, returning the ball seven yards. An unnecessary roughness penalty against Denver added 15 more yards onto the end of the play, giving Seattle the ball at the Denver yard line.
Two plays later, Russell Wilson hit tight end Luke Willson for a yard completion on third-and-7 and later completed a yard pass to Ricardo Lockette. On the next play, he threw a short pass to Jermaine Kearse , who broke four tackles as he took off for a yard touchdown reception bringing the score to 36—0.
Denver finally managed to respond on their next drive, advancing the ball 80 yards as Manning completed six consecutive passes, including a yard completion to Wes Welker , and finishing the drive with a yard touchdown toss to Demaryius Thomas on the last play of the third quarter.
Then Welker caught a pass for a successful two-point conversion, cutting the score to 36—8. However, any momentum Denver might have gained was quickly snuffed out as Seattle tight end Zach Miller recovered Prater's onside kick attempt on his own yard line.
He also caught a yard reception as the Seahawks subsequently drove 52 yards, featuring a yard reception by Kearse, and scoring on Wilson's yard touchdown pass to Baldwin, increasing their lead to 43—8. There were more than 11 minutes left in the game, but this would be the final score, as Denver's last three drives would result in a turnover on downs, a Manning fumble that was forced and recovered by Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons the only sack of the game for either team , and time expiring in the game.
Baldwin was his top receiver with five catches for 66 yards and a score, while Kearse added four catches for 65 and a touchdown. In addition to his yard kickoff return touchdown, Harvin was Seattle's leading rusher with 45 yards, even though he only carried the ball twice. Chancellor had nine tackles and an interception.
His top target was Demaryius Thomas, who caught 13 passes a Super Bowl record for yards and a touchdown. Welker added eight receptions for 84 yards.
Linebacker Danny Trevathan had 12 tackles. Moreno was Denver's leading rusher, but with just 17 yards. Overall, Denver's record setting offense gained only yards, with just 27 yards on the ground. Teams with an interception return for a touchdown also stayed perfect, improving to 12—0 in Super Bowls.
As a result of scoring their safety 12 seconds into the game and subsequently never relinquishing the lead for the rest of the game, the Seahawks set a Super Bowl record for holding a lead continuously for the longest time Denver became only the second team in the past 30 years to score less than 10 points during the course of the game.
Organizers dubbed Super Bowl XLVIII the " Mass Transit Super Bowl ", emphasizing and encouraging game attendees and other visitors to use public transportation to get to the game and other festivities throughout the region. The host committee in conjunction with other metropolitan transit agencies, such New Jersey Transit , the lead agency, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Metropolitan Transportation Authority developed special services, fares, schedules and maps to promote the use of metro area's trains, subways, light-rail, and buses during Super Bowl Week.
The Super Bowl was considered a level one national security event. Security planners stated that access to the area would be strictly limited and regulated. To that end, parking spaces were greatly reduced, tailgate parties restricted and walking to the venue strictly prohibited. The area was patrolled on land, by air, and by water since it is surrounded by wetlands. More than 3, security guards and police officers were on duty on game day. In February , controversy arose with mayors of five local municipalities saying they would not provide emergency services, stating they have been poorly compensated for past stadium events.
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