Super Bowl XLVIII was historic in many regards, but not exactly how expected. The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks played in the first ever Super Bowl hosted in a northern city as it took place in Rutherford, New Jersey at MetLife Stadium.
So many story lines lead into this game from Peyton Manning’s 5th league MVP, Richard Sherman’s controversy over the NFC championship post-game interview, Marshawn Lynch’s lack of desire to speak with media all season and during Super bowl media availability, and the potential retirement of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. However, despite all the supposed storylines everyone knew it was going to be a great game as the number one offense, Denver Broncos, and number one defense, Seattle Seahawks, were on a crash course of the title.
After the pregame rituals of the anthems and the coin toss the games were on. Unfortunately, for the Broncos loss the toss, but that would be the least of their worries as the night unfolded. On the first snap of the game for the Broncos there was a miscue on the snap, which ended up in a safety, 0-2. This happened so early that it was sort of written off as early jitters, but the consecutive 3 and outs that resulted in a first quarter score of 15-0. Luckily, for the Seahawks things only got better as they went into halftime leading 22-0.
Bruno Mars was the halftime performer and he certainly lived up to the hype performing many of his hit songs and even invited the Red Hot Chili Peppers to do one of their songs.
Yes, the game up until this point was surprising from the Broncos’ point of view, but with the 5-time league MVP leading the number 1 offense in the league, a comeback had to be in the works. Well, not quite. The lead continued to build up and it was obvious the Seahawks were getting more confident and the lead was not going anywhere. The final score was 43-8.
Finally, with all the records and accolades Russell Wilson amassed, it was a given that he would be recognized as the Super Bowl MVP. However, once again a curve ball was thrown and Linebacker, Malcolm Smith, was named MVP. He becomes only the third defensive player to receive this honor in Super Bowl history. Wilson is the first quarterback to pass for at least 200 yards, 2 TDs and complete 70 percent of his passes in a Super Bowl win without being named MVP.
This year’s Super Bowl did not live up to expectations, especially after the great NFL season enjoyed by all. Nevertheless congratulations to the Seattle Seahawks and now it is time to debate where their defense ranks all-time.
– Jasmine Motton, Sports Staff