Seahawks Lead Broncos 29-0 During Third Quarter of Super Bowl

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Wide receiver Percy Harvin #11 of the Seattle Seahawks, right, runs 87-yards to score a touchdown against the Denver Broncos 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 Percy Harvin #11 of the Seattle Seahawks, right, runs 87-yards to score a touchdown against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Feb. 2, 2014.

Percy Harvin returned the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown to give the Seattle Seahawks a 29-0 lead over the Denver Broncos during the third quarter of the Super Bowl.

The Seahawks took a 2-0 lead at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, when the ball was snapped over the head of Denver 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.

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Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled by outside linebacker Nate Irving #56 and strong safety Duke Ihenacho #33 of the Denver Broncos in the first quarter during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Feb. 2, 2014. Close

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Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled by outside linebacker Nate Irving #56 and strong safety Duke Ihenacho #33 of the Denver Broncos in the first quarter during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Feb. 2, 2014.

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.

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