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Super Bowl Live Report: Broncos vs. Seahawks

Published: February 2, 2014, 1:53 pm, by Paul Klee

FINAL: Seahawks 43, Broncos 8.

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Thanks for reading the Super Bowl XLVIII Live Report.

Klee

Super Bowl XLVIII Live Report — Seahawks 43, Broncos 8 — MetLife Stadium — 8:27 left in fourth quarter

—Pete Carroll is out at the 30-yard line, chest-bumping his special teams. Like a boss.

—Has anyone seen our guy, Adam Gase? Feels like he and his encyclopedia-thick playbook didn’t make the trip.

—A significant percentage of the orange jerseys, at least in the lower levels, has left the building. The train to Seacaucus runs after 10 p.m., guys. I learned that at the Giants game in September.

Back in a few.

Klee

Super Bowl XLVIII Live Report — Seahawks 36, Broncos 0 — MetLife Stadium — 1:34 left in third quarter

—On their biggest pass play of the night, Demaryius Thomas was overpowered and fumbled. Eric Decker has been a no-show. Julius Thomas? Three catches, 19 yards.

—Thinking back to the preseason game in Seattle. Gorgeous night. I ate salmon. And thought Brandon Browner was the Seahawks’ best defender. Think if he were available tonight.

—Russell Wilson has thrown for 106 yards. And the ‘Hawks are up 36 points.

—On Jermaine Kearse’s touchdown catch, the Broncos missed more tackles than the Seahawks have missed the entire game.

—Working on the column. Check back in a few.

Klee

Super Bowl XLVIII Live Report — Seahawks 29, Broncos 0 — MetLife Stadium — 8:13 left in third quarter

—At this point, the Seahawks are oozing swag. 

—The Broncos are oozing shock.

—The Seahawks winning the game; Renee Fleming’s national anthem won the night. Her voice comes with goosebumps, free of charge.

—Percy Harvin is not a nice person. But he could be the Super Bowl MVP.

—The Broncos haven’t scored. Repeat, the Broncos haven’t scored.

Back in a few.

Super Bowl XLVIII Live Report — Seahawks 22, Broncos 0 — MetLife Stadium — Halftime

—Seattle’s making it rain.

—The Broncos are scheduled to fly back to Colorado on Monday. Perhaps they should fly back at halftime.

—That was a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown. Cliff Avril, though, gets the credit. He smacked Manning’s arm just as he released the ball.

—This thing might be over before Bruno Mars’ halftime set is over.

—The kicker, Steven Hauschka, recovered the non-fumble by Trindon Holliday. Don’t see that very often.

—With Peyton Manning at quarterback, Denver didn’t score in the first half. Don’t see that very often.

—The Broncos faced double-digit deficits against the Redskins and Cowboys. Neither had a defense (or attitude) like Seattle’s.

—If the Broncos were the Patriots, The Gazette would run a front-page story on Red Sox spring training. Alas, we’ve got the Rockies.

—Like the fact Adam Gase went for the first down. Didn’t love the playcall. Although, Wes Welker was wide open. Peyton missed him. 

—Worth noting? The Seahawks haven’t allowed a point in six quarters at MetLife Stadium. They beat the Giants, 23-0. 

—Seattle is beating the heck out of Denver. There’s nothing complicated about it. As Richard Sherman said on Tuesday: “It’s football in its simplest form.”

—This is a beatdown in its simplest form.

Back in a few.

Klee

Super Bowl XLVIII Live Report — Seahawks 15, Broncos 0 — MetLife Stadium — 4:10 left in second quarter

—Biggest comeback in Super Bowl history: 10 points. One of those came against the Broncos, who led the Redskins 10-0 before losing 55-10.

—The Broncos fans in the crowd appear stunned. Can’t imagine what it’s like at Stoney’s on Lincoln Street.

—The Seahawks fans are still standing.

—Well, everyone is still standing. 

—Very, very odd playcalling by Broncos so far. Going against their season-long mantra: aggressive.

—My parents inform me their Fox affiliate in Port Aransas, Texas, just went out. Probably for the best, at this point.

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Super Bowl XLVIII Live Report — Seahawks 8, Broncos 0 — MetLife Stadium — End of first quarter

—Reminder: Broncos historic offense has one safety, zero first downs and one turnover.

—Marshawn Lynch thinks we should be all quiet about the Broncos.

—Best commercial so far? I’m hearing Radio Shack.

—The Broncos weren’t ready to play today. They look quite rattled. 

Back in a few. Will Broncos be?

Klee

Super Bowl XLVIII Live Report — Seahawks 8, Broncos 0 — MetLife Stadium — 2:16 left in first quarter

—Seahawks won’t beat the Broncos with field goals and safeties. San Diego tried that, twice. (And lost.)

—Seahawks can beat Broncos if Broncos play like this. San Diego tried that, once. (And won.)

—To be down only eight points after a horrendous 13 minutes, the Broncos are lucky.

—Very few marijuana jokes on Twitter so far. Good work, friends.

Back in a few.

Klee

Super Bowl XLVIII Live Report — Seahawks 5, Broncos 0 — MetLife Stadium — 7:25 left in first quarter

—In its first two drives, the best offense in NFL history has eight yards, one safety and zero first downs.

—The Seahawks’ crowd is louder than the Broncos’ crowd.

—Russell Wilson just threw a Tim Tebow pass.

—For the gambling contingent out there, a safety being the first score of the game was 6,000:1.

—How confident is my prediction of a Broncos win? I’ll have David Ramsey walk back to Manhattan if the Seahawks win. 

Back in a few.

Klee

Super Bowl XLVIII Live Report — Seahawks 5, Broncos 0 — MetLife Stadium — 10:21 left in first quarter

—Quickest score in Super Bowl history. Seahawks = Legion of Soon?

—Odd coincidence: Broncos’ first snap in the AFC championship game was a bobbled snap. Then, Peyton Manning threw a completion. Here, Seattle strikes with a safety.

—And Seattle gets five points out of the exchange. Advantage, Broncos.

—The officials are flag-happy. Advantage, Broncos.

—Noise factor so far: Advantage, Seahawks.

—The young lady on Joe Namath’s arm: Advantage, Namath.

Back in a few.

Klee 

SB.Intros

Super Bowl XLVIII Live Report — Broncos vs. Seahawks — MetLife Stadium — East Rutherford, N.J. — Kickoff (4:30 p.m. Mountain)

—Reason 1,584 Roger Goodell is smarter than the rest of us: 49 degrees and partly cloudy at kickoff. In February, in New Jersey.

—Renee Fleming, who sang the national anthem, has the greatest voice I’ve ever heard.

—Seattle wins the coin toss.

—Knowshon  Moreno did NOT cry on camera. This was a prop bet in Las Vegas. Actually, he never looked up…. which makes you wonder if he had some friends who asked him to do so.

—Shaun Phillips was the sixth captain for the Broncos tonight.

Here comes the kick….

Klee

Super Bowl XLVIII Live Report — Broncos vs. Seahawks — MetLife Stadium — East Rutherford, N.J. — 30 minutes until kickoff (4:30 p.m. Mountain) 

—The Syracuse and Rutgers marching bands are on the field. They’re spelling out “NY/NJ.” Ramsey is singing the ‘Cuse fight song.

—Joe Namath just walked by with two staples: a fur coat and an attractive female.

—Brent Briggeman is on free sandwich No. 4.

—The national anthem is coming up. She’s an opera singer.

—This is the Broncos’ seventh appearance in the Super Bowl; Pat Bowlen’s sixth as owner.

Back in a few.

Klee

SB.PM.Field

Super Bowl XLVIII Live Report — Broncos vs. Seahawks — MetLife Stadium — East Rutherford, N.J. — One hour until kickoff (4:30 p.m. Mountain)

—Broncos inactives tonight include Quentin Jammer (in a mild surprise, he’s replaced by new Bronco Marquice Cole). Ronnie Hillman, who will rise again, according to David Ramsey, also is inactive. Ahem.

—Peyton Manning is active for the game.

—Pete Carroll is at the 50-yard line. 

—What’s your Super Bowl beverage of choice? 

—A beer at MetLife Stadium goes for $14.

—Eric Decker, Bubba Caldwell and Wes Welker are running routes.

—The crowd now seems to be evenly split.

—Peyton Manning was surrounded by TV cameras on the 25-yard line. Guessing he just wants to warmup. Now he’s been freed (above).

Back in a few.

SB.Field     SB.ME

Super Bowl XLVIII Live Report — Broncos vs. Seahawks — MetLife Stadium — East Rutherford, N.J. — 90 minutes until kickoff (4:30 p.m. Mountain) 

—Matt Prater is practicing extra points. Asked him this week how often he’s thought about kicking the game-winning field goal in a Super Bowl.

“Since the day I started kicking,” Prater said.

After a pause, he added, “Honestly, I hope I’m just kicking extra points on Sunday.”

—John Elway and Terrell Davis are on the field. They won back-to-back Super Bowl MVPs. Will Peyton Manning win it this year…. and Knowshon Moreno/Montee Ball next year?

—There’s more orange in the stadium than we saw all week in Times Square. Must be 70-percent orange in the stands right now.

—Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka — a really enjoyable fellow, by the way — said Pete Carroll never says anything to him before he attempts a big kick.”

“He pretty much just leaves me alone,” Hauschka said.

—Ray Lewis went through media security right in front of Klee (above, right). The ex-Raven picked the Seahawks to win, 24-21. “Overall, they are the better team,” Lewis said.

Back in a few.

Klee

SB.Media.Tent

Super Bowl XLVIII Live Report — Broncos vs. Seahawks — MetLife Stadium — East Rutherford, N.J. — 2 hours until kickoff (4:30 p.m. Mountain)

—There are number of Seahawks on the field right now —maybe 30? — including quarterback Russell Wilson, wearing a No. 3 warmup jacket. I only seven Broncos, including Brock Osweiler and Trindon Holliday. 

—The current temperature at MetLife Stadium: 52 degrees. The daytime temperature here earlier this week: 12. 

—At 6:30 local last night, a bank sign read “43 degrees.” That’s probably about what you’ll see at kickoff tonight. Weather not a factor. 

—Our friend Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that Peyton Manning will wear The Glove full-time in tonight’s game. That’s a bit different; and something Kurt Warner did later in his career.

Back in a few.

Klee

SB.MetLife

Super Bowl XLVIII Live Report — Broncos vs. Seahawks — MetLife Stadium — East Rutherford, N.J. — 3 hours until kickoff (4:30 p.m. Mountain)

Great afternoon, everyone. Denver sports columnist Paul Klee joining you from MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII. You know the drill — I’ll be here through the final horn tonight with first-hand observations on the atmosphere, etc. Let’s do this…

—Where to start? How about here: the Broncos will win Super Bowl XLVIII. If it says so in The Gazette, it must be true, right?

—As you’ve probably read in these virtual pages, after seven days in New York, I’m a big fan of hosting the biggest game in the biggest city. This Super Bowl week was dynamic; I’ve heard very few complaints from fans or the the 5,000-something media covering the event — and that says something, since nobody complains like media complains.

—The weather was The Variable. So get this: on the short walk from Times Square to the bus, half the media contingent went without a coat. Temps are in the high 40s with overcast skies. The sun was shining in Central Park this morning. Most important for the Broncos: there’s only a slight breeze, maybe 5 mph.

Peyton Manning is here. We can start now.

—Here’s the rundown for The Gazette on Super Bowl Sunday: Klee, Ramsey, Briggeman and expert photographers Christian Murdock and Jeriliee Bennett. Follow us on Twitter for more updates. We’ll have a few videos before and after the game. Check out Gazette.com for my columns from this week in New York. And, of course, this Live Report will be updated as often as possible. Thanks for coming by.

Twitter: @Klee_Gazette