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East Rutherford, NJ (.com) - The Seattle Seahawks rode the NFL's best defense to the franchise's first Super Bowl title.

Peyton Manning? He never came close to winning his second.

Seattle scored 12 seconds into each half Sunday and racked up 21 points off turnovers on the way to a 43-8 rout of Manning's Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Percy Harvin's 87-yard kickoff return touchdown to start the second half came after Seattle also scored 12 seconds into the game on a snap that sailed over Manning's head and into the end zone for a safety.

Manning might have set passing and touchdown records in a dream regular season for the highest-scoring offense of all-time, but his third Super Bowl was a nightmare almost from start to finish.

On the field his brother Eli calls home as quarterback of the New York Giants, Manning threw two interceptions in the first half and both were turned into touchdowns by the Seahawks.

Marshawn Lynch scored on a 1-yard run after the first pick and Malcolm Smith returned the second 69 yards for a 22-0 halftime lead.

It was a red-hot start for Seattle in the first Super Bowl played outdoors in a cold-weather city.

"This is an amazing team," said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. "They've never taken a step sideways or backwards in getting to where they are now."

The climate wasn't a factor for either team. After months of speculation that the game would be marred by bad weather, especially during a winter that has seen so much of it, the temperature at kickoff inside MetLife Stadium was 49 degrees

The game may have dodged a storm that was forecasted to dump snow on the area overnight and into Monday with a potential accumulation of several inches.

Instead, the Seahawks piled it on.

Harvin, back after missing the NFC title game with a concussion, fielded a short, bouncing kickoff after halftime and slipped at least three would-be tacklers for a shocking 29-0 lead.

Earlier, Seattle scored the Super Bowl's fastest-ever points when the ball was snapped over Manning's head and into the end zone for a safety on the game's first play from scrimmage.

The Seahawks didn't have their "12th Man" -- the spirited home fans who have turned Seattle's CenturyLink Field into one of the NFL's toughest venues.

It only seemed like they were playing with an extra man on defense.

February 2, 2014, at 10:23 PM ET
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