Seahawks Lead Broncos 43-8 During Fourth Quarter of Super Bowl

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Wide receiver Wes Welker #83 of the Denver Broncos attempts to catch the ball against strong safety Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks in the third quarter during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Feb. 2, 2014. Close

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Wide receiver Wes Welker #83 of the Denver Broncos attempts to catch the ball against strong safety Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks in the third quarter during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Feb. 2, 2014.

Doug Baldwin scored a touchdown to give the Seattle Seahawks a 43-8 lead over the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl.

Baldwin caught a 10-yard scoring pass from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The Seahawks took a 2-0 lead when the ball was snapped over the head of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning on the first play from scrimmage and Knowshon Moreno recovered the fumble in his own end zone for a Seattle safety. The score, after 12 seconds, was the quickest in Super Bowl history.

Steven Hauschka then kicked field goals of 31 and 33 yards to make it 8-0 to the Seahawks.

Manning was intercepted on Denver’s last possession of the first quarter and Marshawn Lynch scored a touchdown on a one-yard run on Seattle’s next drive to make it 15-0 three minutes into the second quarter.

The Seahawks extended their advantage to 22-0 at halftime after Malcolm Smith returned Manning’s second interception 69 yards for a touchdown with 3:21 remaining in the second quarter.

It was the first time a team was shut out in the first half of a Super Bowl since the Baltimore Ravens led the New York Giants 10-0 at halftime in the title game after the 2000 season. Baltimore went on to win 34-7.

The biggest deficit overcome for a win in the Super Bowl was 10 points, by the Washington Redskins against the Broncos in 1987 and by the New Orleans Saints against the Indianapolis Colts in 2009.

The Broncos fell 29-0 when Percy Harvin returned the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown.

Jermaine Kearse then scored a touchdown to make it 36-0. Kearse caught a 23-yard scoring pass from Wilson after Seattle recovered a fumble by Denver’s Demaryius Thomas.

The Broncos scored a touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Manning to Thomas with three seconds remaining in the third quarter and Wes Welker succeeded on the two-point conversion attempt to make it 36-8.

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