The Seattle Seahawks’ mantra all season was to make each day a championship day. They made Super Bowl Sunday the best day of all with one of the greatest performances in an NFL title game, sparked by a defense that ranks among the best ever.
The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl crown in overpowering fashion, punishing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, 43- 8. That masterful defense, the NFL’s stingiest, never let the five-time Most Valuable Player get going, disarming the highest-scoring offense in league history.
The Seahawks stayed ahead of the Broncos every quarter scoring 8-0 in the first, 14-0 in the second, 14-8 in the third, and 7- 0 in the fourth.
The Most Valuable Player award was awarded to Malcolm Smith.
Smith was a relatively anonymous thirdyear linebacker. But Smith picked off a Peyton Manning pass and raced 69 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, a game-changing play that gave the Seahawks a 22-0 lead and signaled that this was going to be a blowout.
Smith also had a fumble recovery, a pass defensed and nine total tackles. In a game when any number of Seattle defenders could have been chosen as the MVP, Smith was a solid choice.
The 24-year-old Smith is the third linebacker to win a Super Bowl MVP, following Chuck Howley in Super Bowl V and Ray Lewis in Super Bowl XXXV.