The Seattle Seahawks utterly dominated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014, 43-8. As the score illustrates, the Seahawks performed as a gritty professional football team, while the Broncos looked as if they only belonged in the annual Puppy Bowl, as they played like dogs.
Here are five reasons the 2014 Super Bowl was a lousy game:
The Broncos only scored one touchdown
Entering Super Bowl XLVIII, the Broncos were known this season for being able to score points. Led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, the team were actually favored to win the 2014 Super Bowl. Unfortunately for Manning and his cast, the team played poorly in the Super Bowl; the offense in particular. At the end of the game, the team only scored one touchdown, along with a two-point conversion.
Peyton Manning was not a fun quarterback to watch in the 2014 Super Bowl
One of the primary reasons Super Bowl XLVIII was a lousy game was that Manning was mediocre, although he racked up a number of conversions for short yardage. If Manning had played better in the Super Bowl, the Seahawks probably would have still won, but definitely not by the same score. It is a shame that the quarterback from the University of Tennessee did not play as well as he should have because his playing days are numbered. The quarterback is already 37-years-old and will turn 38 in March of 2014.
Richard Sherman got hurt during Super Bowl XVLIII
Super Bowl XLVIII was also a lousy game because Pro-Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman suffered an apparent leg injury. His final statistics could have been better if he had stayed healthy during the game, although he did finish with three total tackles and a pass deflection. Hopefully, Sherman will recover from his injury over the offseason.
Seattle outscored Denver by five touchdowns
This football game was not the biggest blowout in the history of the Super Bowl, but it was not pretty to watch. Seattle ended up having a terrific offense, as it was able to score three touchdowns. As for the Broncos, they only scored once, which occurred late in the third quarter.
There were too many turnovers during the game
Unlike the Seahawks, which did not turn the ball over during Super Bowl XLVIII, the Broncos committed four turnovers. The Broncos fumbled the ball twice and Manning threw two interceptions, with one interception being returned for a touchdown. It is also important to note that there was one safety. The safety occurred 12 seconds into the game, and the two points went down in Super Bowl history as the quickest score to open a Super Bowl.
Tom Harrington is a passionate fan of football. His favorite football team is the New England Patriots.
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Dan Wetzel, “Legion of Kaboom! Seahawks jump on Broncos and never let up in Super Bowl blowout of Peyton Manning,” Yahoo! Sports.
Jeff Gray, “Super Bowl 2014 final score for Seahawks vs. Broncos: Seattle defense dominates in 43-8 win,” SB Nation.