The Seattle Seahawks have won their first Super Bowl Championship in franchise history, routing the Denver Broncos in a lopsided 43-8 victory.
It was a big upset after the Broncos had become the highest-scoring team in history during the season, making them the No. 1 offense in the NFL.
But the Seahawks, with the No. 1 defense in the NFL, managed to shut down Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. In fact, the Broncos didn't even smell the end zone until the very end of the third quarter.
After the Broncos got off to a rough start with a bad snap that ended in a safety, the Seahawks struck with two field goals. Then Kam Chancellor picked off a Manning pass, leading to a Marshawn Lynch touchdown, putting the Seahawks up by 15 -0.
With 3:36 left in the first half, Manning's short pass to Knowshawn Moreno was picked off by Malcolm Smith, who took it in for the touchdown. At the half, it was Seahawks 22, Broncos 0.
On the opening kickoff for the second half, Percy Harvin rubbed salt on the Broncos' wounds with an 87-yard return for a touchdown.
The Broncos tried to fire back but turned the ball over. The Hawks capitalized when Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson connected with Jermaine Kearse for a 23-yard touchdown pass.
Then, with :03 seconds left in the third quarter, the Broncos finally put some points on the board. But even after the 2-point conversion they still had a long way to go.
With 11:55 left to play, the Seahawks struck again when Russell Wilson connected with Doug Baldwin for 10 yards and a touchdown. With the score at 43-8, the Broncos were finished off and the Seattle Seahawks became Super Bowl champs.
"You know it's just frustrating to get this far and lose like this. I mean it's embarrassing," Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker said after the game.
"You tell it was too out of hand. We weren't getting anything going. Offensively… defensively…we could tell it was coming to an end," Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said.
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said, "This is the highest level of competition in this sport and this is the greatest challenge, the ultimate challenge in the game. And to accomplish this for everybody that took part in it, it's very, very special."
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson not only led his team to victory, but as the game ended with confetti raining down on them, he also led fellow Christians to kneel and pray on the field, giving glory to God.
"I told the guys, 'Why not us?'" Wilson said. "It's only my second year, but I believe in the guys that we had. I believe…in the coaching staff…it's just God is so good. He brought me a really long way. It's unbelievable. It's kind of surreal to be honest with you. Sitting there holding that trophy up and I'm looking up, I'm just so thankful for everything that I've been given."
Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse called the team's win "amazing."
"It still hasn't hit me yet. I'm still kind of in shock," he said.
Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung also gave thanks to God.
"The Lord allowed me to be here," he said. "And I keep saying that all the time, man. With Him there's purpose man. I'm not just here to exist, I'm here to live. And I'm glad He's going to use me this way through my platform to bring glory to Him."