Super Bowl XLVIII was meant to be the perfect game for American football fans. The best defense of the regular season versus the best offense of the regular season. And both teams were their respected division champions.
Everyone thought the Seattle Seahawks versus the Denver Broncos was going to be a great and even game, but it turned into a mauling by the Seahawks. They kicked some Bronco butt and won the game 43-8. [46 photos total]

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson stretches out before the start of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (Tony Overman/The Olympian/MCT) #
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Fans walk near MetLife Stadium before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) #
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Costumed football fans are shown prior to start of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images) #
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Denver fans are shown prior to start of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images) #
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Queen Latifah sings "America the Beautiful" before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) #
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The flag is presented for the national anthem before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) #
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Thunder leads the Denver Broncos players onto the field before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) #
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Queen Latifah, right, hugs NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt York) #
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Opera singer Renee Fleming sings the national anthem before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) #
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Seattle Seahawks fans hold a "12th Man" sign before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) #
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Fireworks go off at the end of the national anthem before the Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, February 2, 2014. (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly) #
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Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (27) recovers a fumble in the end zone for a safety after a bad snap in the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) #
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Seattle Seahawks' Walter Thurmond (28) reacts after a safety during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) #
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Kicker Steven Hauschka #4 of the Seattle Seahawks kicks a 31 yard field goal during first quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) #
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Kicker Steven Hauschka (4) of the Seattle Seahawks kicks a 31 yard field goal during first quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) #
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Seattle Seahawks' Kam Chancellor (31) celebrates with teammate K.J. Wright (50) after intercepting a pass intended for Denver Broncos' Julius Thomas (80) during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) #
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws a pass during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) #
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Kicker Steven Hauschka (4) of the Seattle Seahawks kicks a 31 yard field goal during first quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) #
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Seattle Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor (31) intercepts a pass intended for Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt York) #
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Denver Broncos' Knowshon Moreno reaches for a loose ball after the snap passed teammate Peyton Manning, left, during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Seattle Seahawks' Cliff Avril approached at right. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) #
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Seattle Seahawks' Doug Baldwin, left, and Percy Harvin celebrate during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) #
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Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning (18) throws a pass during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) #
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Denver Broncos' Nate Irving, right, breaks up a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks' Jermaine Kearse during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) #
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Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith (53) runs an interception back for a touchdown as Denver Broncos guard Louis Vasquez (65) pursues during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) #
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Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith (53) reacts after running back an interception for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) #
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Bruno Mars performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) #
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Bruno Mars performs during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) #
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The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform during the halftime show of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt York) #
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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) returns a kickoff for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the second half of the Super Bowl XLVIII, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks led 29-0. (AP Photo/Matt York) #
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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reacts as Percy Harvin returns a kickoff for a touchdown during the second half of the Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks led 29-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) #
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Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning walks off the field after Seattle Seahawks' Malcolm Smith recovered a fumble during the second half of the Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) #
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Seattle Seahawks' Jermaine Kearse (15) scores on a 23-yard touchdown reception in front of Denver Broncos' Tony Carter (32) during the second half of the Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks led 36-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) #
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Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson throws against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of the Super Bowl XLVIII, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) #
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Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) of the Denver Broncos ran 14 yards to score a touchdown in the third quarter against cornerback Byron Maxwell (41) of the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Seahawks led 36-8. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images) #
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Wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates his touchdown during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Seahawks led 43-8. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) #
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Denver Broncos' Malik Jackson cradles his head on the sidelines during the second half of the Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) #
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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) and wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) pump their arms in celebration after a touchdown run by Baldwin during the second half of the Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) #
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Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman (25) waves as he is carted off the field after getting injured during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) #
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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) dumps Gatorade on head coach Pete Carroll late in the game against the Denver Broncos during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Seattle won 43-8. (AP Photo/Matt York) #
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The Seattle Seahawks roam the field after the Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) #
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Seattle Seahawks' Golden Tate celebrates after the Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) #
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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning walks off the field after the Broncos lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl XLVIII Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) #
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Seattle Seahawks' Breno Giacomini (68) celebrates after the Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) #
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Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen holds the the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) #
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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, right, celebrates with quarterback Russell Wilson after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) #
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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll holds up the Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) #

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