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Seahawks Lead Broncos 36-8 After Third Quarter of Super Bowl

Denver Broncos' Wes Welker
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. Photographer: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Feb. 2 (Bloomberg) -- The Denver Broncos scored a touchdown to trail the Seattle Seahawks 36-8 with three seconds remaining in the third quarter of the Super Bowl.

Demaryius Thomas caught a 14-yard pass from Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Wes Welker scored on the two-point conversion attempt at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The Seahawks took a 2-0 lead when the ball was snapped over the head of 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 Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson after Seattle recovered a fumble by Thomas.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dex McLuskey at dmcluskey@bloomberg.net

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