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Following a record-setting season Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos were humbled by the Seattle Seahawks, who romped to a 43-8 victory to win Super Bowl XLVIII as two-point betting underdogs.
The Seahawks dominated the NFC in the regular season, balancing a potent offense with stingy defense en route to a conference-best 13-3 record. And after trailing Denver in the betting odds for much of the season, the Seahawks entered the playoffs as 11/4 Super Bowl favorites.
The Seahawks' balanced attack paid dividends in their Divisional Playoff matchup against New Orleans, with the defense holding the Saints scoreless in the first half while RB Marshawn Lynch engaged Beast Mode, running for 140 yards and two TDs in a 23-15 win.
Seattle twice overcame seven-point deficits, forcing three fourth-quarter turnovers in a 23-17 comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, earning a trip to the Super Bowl for just the second time in franchise history.
The Broncos opened their campaign as 5/2 Super Bowl favorites. A number of individual and team records were shattered during their regular season, including Manning’s record for most TD passes and passing yards, and new NFL marks for most TDs and points scored by a team in a regular season.
The 13-3 Broncos powered past the San Diego Chargers 24-17 in the Divisional Playoffs before topping the New England Patriots 26-16 in the AFC Championship Game, earning their first Super Bowl berth since claiming back-to-back wins in Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII.
But the only record the Broncos would set in Super Bowl XLVIII would be for futility. After falling behind 36-0, Denver would record their only score of the game, a 14-yard Manning pass to Demaryius Thomas in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 36-8.
This Super Sunday was all about the Seahawks’ smothering defense shutting down the most prolific offense in NFL history. While Manning threw for 280 yards, the Broncos penetrated the Seattle red zone just once in the first half and only twice in the game.
A streak of four straight Super Bowl MVP wins by quarterbacks ended with Seahawks LB Malcolm Smith earning the honors after recording six tackles and returning a Manning interception 69 yards for a TD in the second quarter.
The point total finished just OVER 47.5, while Nevada sportsbooks enjoyed a record-setting day, taking in a whopping $119.4 million in bets on the big game.
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