A look at the Super Bowl on Sunday night between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. ———
HALFTIME SHOW: Not long after Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers finished at rocking Super Bowl halftime show, Seattle struck again. Percy Harvin, the oft-injured receiver, returned the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for a touchdown and a 29-0 lead. Harvin missed much of the season with a hip injury and missed the NFC championship game with a concussion.
SUPER BLOWOUT: Seattle led 22-0 at halftime of the Super Bowl. It was the third-largest halftime lead in Super Bowl history. Denver was on the short end of the other two as well. The Redskins led 35-10 against the Broncos in the 1988 Super Bowl. The 49ers had a 27-3 lead at the half against Denver in the 1990 Super Bowl. The current Broncos have the highest scoring offense in NFL history, but Peyton Manning and Co. are the first team to be shut out in the first half of a Super Bowl since the New York Giants against Baltimore in 2001. ——— PICK-6: Peyton Manning threw another interception and this one was returned 69-yards for a touchdown by Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith to make the score 22-0 in the second quarter. In recent years, the Super Bowl has delivered a string of close games. The last time a team led by at least 20 points in the first half of a Super Bowl was 1995, when the 49ers jumped out to a 28-7 lead in San Diego. ——— ALL SEATTLE: Camera-shy running back Marshawn Lynch scored the first touchdown, a 1-yard plunge in the second quarter, to give the Seahawks a 15-0 lead. The TD came after Kam Chancellor intercepted Peyton Manning’s pass in Denver territory. Manning’s third Super Bowl could not have started much worse. He threw for 11 yards in the first quarter, the fewest for the NFL MVP since a regular-season game 2002. ——— 5-0: After scoring a safety on the first play from scrimmage, the Seahawks added a short field goal in the first quarter to become the first team in Super Bowl history to lead 5-0. It was the third straight year a safety was scored in the Super Bowl. ——— THAT WAS FAST: The Seahawks needed just 12 seconds to put points on the board, the fastest score in Super Bowl history. Appropriately, it came with the Seattle defense on the field. On the very first snap of the game, Peyton Manning was going through his typical complex calls, looking away from center Manny Ramirez, when the ball suddenly went sailing past him and into the end zone. Knowshon Moreno fell on it to prevent a Seahawks touchdown, but the safety gave Seattle a 2-0 lead. ——— NO COLD: The game-time temperature was chilly — by Miami standards. The 49 degrees felt nothing like February in the Northeast. So much for all the concerns leading up to the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city. ——— TAILS NEVER FAILS: Broadway Joe was looking the part: Joe Namath, New York football royalty as MVP of the third Super Bowl for the Jets, wore a gaudy fur coat for the coin toss. After a false start on the first attempt, the Seahawks called tails, and they were right. Seattle deferred to the second half. ——— OPERATIC ANTHEM: Soprano Renee Fleming hit some high notes on “land of the free” likely never heard before at a Super Bowl when she sang the national anthem. Regal in a long white cape over a black dress, Fleming finished in 2 minutes, 3 seconds, easily the under the 2:25 for the proposition bet. ——— GRAND ENTRANCES: Seattle ran onto the field first, led by a soaring hawk and with linebacker Heath Farwell carrying the 12th Man flag. Denver followed a galloping horse.