Super Bowl XLVIII Recap: Hawks Trample Broncos


Last night, as bright lights bathed the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos entered the field, ready to determine which was the better team.

Yes, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos duked it out on the field – or, at least, the Hawks did. The Broncos didn’t even look like they were interested in winning.

#SpoilerAlert. The game ended with a score of 43-8 for the Hawks. That should be indication enough. Great result for those fans who are involved in the DraftKings fantasy football team.

Renée Fleming sings the US national anthem at Super Bowl 2014
Renée Fleming sings the U.S. national anthem at the 2014 Super Bowl

Renée Fleming sang a beautiful rendition of the national anthem, getting hearts pumping and people sweating in anticipation of the big game. The coin toss came next with the Hawks calling tails.

Tails it was, so the Hawks got to throw first.

The first score came from a safety called by the Hawks. The scoreboard read 5 ­-0, a score very foreign to American football.

The Broncos’ first throw to Peyton Manning was fumbled, but some spectators might argue that it was thrown a little high. Little did we know that Manning’s fumble would foreshadow the rest of the game. The Broncos dropped the ball way too many times. The game ended with three turnovers for the Hawks, an oddly large number for a Super Bowl game.

Hawks fans celebrate the 22-0 shut out

Two touchdowns later, the first half ended with a score of 22-0 for the Hawks. Most Broncos fans, judging by the #GoBroncos hashtags, believed that they could still make a comeback. Google searches for “biggest Super Bowl comebacks” boomed, as Broncos fans clung to hope. As a Broncos fan, I personally was still optimistic. We only needed three touchdowns and an extra point to tie. It was still doable.

The tailgate party featured The Band Perry, who performed “DONE!” and Philip Phillips who performed “Gone, Gone, Gone,” whispering those last three words into the microphone with a wink at the audience – creepy.

The halftime show, one of the highlights of every Super Bowl, featured Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The show started with a children’s chorus singing Bruno’s verse from his first hit “Billionaire” with Travie McCoy.

Mars then appeared on a platform, drumming up one heck of a solo. The platform reversed until Mars hopped on stage, met by his backup singers and dancers performing “Locked Out of Heaven.”

The light engineers truly excelled, filling the stadium with colored rays. Next, Bruno sang “Treasure” as fireworks illuminated the New Jersey sky. He then sang “Runaway Baby,” performing a Michael Jackson-esque dance move ending with ­the ­splits.

bruno-mars-and-the-red-hot-chili-peppers-take-over-super-bowl-halftime-showRight on cue, the Red Hot Chili Peppers sang “Give it Away.” Next, voiceovers of touching dedications from husband to wife and vice versa, while Bruno sang “Just the Way You Are.”

Twitter exploded with comments about the halftime show, but Broncos fans were still focused on the game, praying through for a comeback.

The second half started and 12 seconds in, the Hawks scored yet another touchdown, setting the score to 29-0. Broncos fans’ hopes plummeted and #GoBroncos started to slow its pace. The Broncos looked like they were close to making a touchdown when the Hawks benefited from a third turnover, ran it through and raised the the score to 36-0. Broncos fans raged on Twitter.

At the end of the third quarter, the Broncos finally got on the scoreboard with a touchdown and a two­-point conversion, setting the score at 36-8, Hawks.

The fourth quarter was pointless. Most people were too busy tweeting to watch, and everyone on the field knew where the game was going. The Hawks were able to score yet another touchdown, making the score 43-8. That’s when the Seahawks champions caps started appearing, even though the game wasn’t even over yet. The score stayed the same until the end of the game, with the Seahawks totally dominating the Broncos.

Cue the fireworks and confetti. The Lombardy cup was given to the third youngest quarterback in Super Bowl history, Russell Wilson (age 25). Malcolm Smith won MVP and the Chevrolet Silverado truck that comes with the title.


WE SAID THIS: Congratulations, Seattle Seahawks. And tough luck, Broncos. We wish we could say it was a great game.