EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks had their way with the Denver Broncos.
And, with help from their relentless top-ranked defense, the Seahawks made Peyton Manning & Co. just plain miserable, defeating them 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday night.
Doug Baldwin caught a pass from Russell Wilson at the goal line and pushed his way into the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown that put Seattle up by 35 points with 11:45 remaining.
Jermaine Kearse spun out of two tackle attempts for an impressive 23-yard touchdown catch with 2:58 left in the third quarter, making it 36-0.
Seattle's stingy defense took advantage of yet another turnover by Denver to set up the score. Byron Maxwell knocked the ball out of Demaryius Thomas' hands on a 23-yard reception and Malcolm Smith recovered. Six plays later, Kearse put the Seahawks (15-3) back on the scoreboard.
The Broncos avoided the shutout on the final play of the quarter on Thomas' 14-yard touchdown catch - his 12th reception of the game to set a Super Bowl record. Wes Welker then caught a 2-point conversion toss.
But Seattle got the ball right back after Denver tried an onside kick, setting up Baldwin's TD catch. The Broncos (15-3) lost All-Pro guard Louis Vasquez to a rib injury in the third quarter.
Percy Harvin returned the kickoff to open the third quarter 87 yards for a touchdown, putting the Seahawks ahead 29-0 just 12 seconds after the teams returned from the halftime break, the Broncos' biggest deficit of the season.
Harvin, who missed most of the season with injuries, initially struggled fielding the short kickoff but then burst up the middle and cut left once he was in the clear. It was the second straight Super Bowl the second-half kickoff was returned for a touchdown after Baltimore's Jacoby Jones did it last year.
Smith returned Manning's second interception of the game 69 yards with 3:21 left in the opening half to make it 22-0.
Seattle became the first team to hold the Broncos' record-setting offense to no points in any half this season. Denver gained 123 yards on 31 plays - averaging less than 4 yards a play.
On third-and-13 from the Seahawks 35, Manning's arm was hit by Cliff Avril as he attempted to throw a pass to Knowshon Moreno. The ball fluttered in the air to Smith, who took off down the left sideline and into the end zone untouched.