Super Bowl XLVIII (48)
Half Time Show
Headliner: Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers
East Rutherford, NJ
Date: August 22, 1970
Super Bowl XLVIII was the 48th edition of the Super Bowl in American football, and the 44th annual championship game of the modern-era National Football League (NFL). The game was played on February 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. This would be the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold weather environment, the first in 38 years to be played outdoors on artificial turf and the first in which two US states (New York and New Jersey) will work together with hosting duties. It will also be the first Super Bowl in NFL history to have two host teams (the New York Jets and New York Giants) as both play in the same stadium, thus it will be possible to have these two host teams play against each other should they get this far in the post-season.
Super Bowl XLVIII was a matchup of two polar opposite teams. Denver Broncos and Payton Manning the most explosive offensive team in NFL history facing off against the leagues best Defence in the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle a group of talented but largely unknown players facing the highly touted star studded Denver Broncos.
On the surface, Super Bowl XLVIII was to be a clash of titans, a battle of wills but the game never lived up to the hype. On Denver's first play, center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball out of shotgun formation while Peyton Manning was in the process of calling an audible, resulting a fumble that went into the end zone. Running back Knowshon Moreno recovered the ball to prevent a Seattle touchdown, but he was downed for a safety to give the Seahawks a 2–0 lead. Peyton and the Broncos were never able to get back on track. Seattle after gaining a two point lead marched down the field on their next two possessions to score field goals going up 8-0 before Denver even knew what happened.
Up 8-0 Seattle's defence came up large with an interception of a Manning pass took over the ball on the Denver 37 yard line. In just a few plays the Broncos found themselves down 15-0 on a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run.
The second half crushed any hopes the Broncos has coming out of the locker room as already down 22-0 the Seahawks Matt Prater took the second half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown. The impact of that touchdown was immediate. The mood on the Denver sideline was one of disbelief and shock.
When Denver finally found some life, scoring a touchdown and converting the two-point conversion making the score 36-8, Seattle had an answer. Seattle scored a touchdown on their next possession to dash any hoped Denver had of making a dramatic come back.
Wilson finished the game 18/25 for 206 yards and two touchdowns. 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 87-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. Manning completed 34/49 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions. His top target was Thomas, who caught 13 passes for 118 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 306 yards, with just 27 yards on the ground.