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Seattle fans celebrate big win



SEATTLE (AP) -- With shouts, cheers and fireworks, Seattle residents celebrated a dominant victory in the Super Bowl - the city's first major sports championship in more than 30 years.

Scores of people took to the streets in the city's Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. Seattle police planned an increased presence throughout the city Sunday night.

They sent a tweet on the department's widely followed Twitter account saying, "Officers will be out and about citywide making sure everyone is celebrating safely."

The Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8. The last time a major Seattle sports franchise won a championship was in 1979 when the Supersonics took the NBA title. The WNBA's Seattle Storm have won two championships, in 2004 and 2010.

Mayor Ed Murray says in a statement that a Seahawks victory parade would happen Wednesday.

About 30 people watched the game at the Outlander Brewery in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood. It was such a blowout that by the fourth quarter, employees had switched one of the three TVs to Animal Planet's "Puppy Bowl."

"We're all in euphoria right now," said Steve McVay, a 43-year-old Seattle IT worker. "It's a huge deal for the city. Since the Sonics we haven't won anything."

Fans blared horns and launched fireworks around the city.

In Occidental Park in Pioneer Square, near CenturyLink Field where the Seahawks play, people waving "12th Man" flags took to the street, and others climbed trees and sculptures.

Senayet Woldemarian, a 29-year-old physical therapist from The north Seattle Suburb of Shoreline, shrieked giddily and waved her Seahawks flag at honking cars on a North Seattle street: "We got our first Super Bowl!"

Her friend, wedding photographer Taylor Olcott, 28, said it reminded her a little of being in Boston in 2004, when the Red Sox won baseball's World Series for the first time since 1918.

"This is the first time I've really seen Seattle passionate about anything," she said. "It's, like, East Coast. It's very exciting."

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Abusymomof4 February 02 2014 at 10:58 PM

Congratulations to Seattle - and also to Denver, who, for the entire season, played spectacularly - Seattle's defense just was too much for them. Maybe someday, my home team will be in the Super Bowl -

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Joan Zawacki Abusymomof4 February 03 2014 at 12:31 AM

If it is the Redskins, don't count on it while Snyder owns them.

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tincup2005 February 03 2014 at 8:48 AM

Congrats to the City of Seattle from all the Steeler nation. You know what we have known: defense wins Super Bowls. It was a delight to see your team prove this once again on the big stage. Kudos to your players and enjoy the win. You earned it!

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alirae78 February 03 2014 at 8:28 AM

To David DuVerney: Your beloved Seahawks took the Big One! Celebrate in Heaven, my friend!

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JOHN February 03 2014 at 6:22 AM

Congradulations to the Seahawks. The showed that they put in a lot of hard work to WIN!

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Joan February 03 2014 at 9:31 AM

Congratulations to the Seahawks and the City of Seattle, from this Patriots fan. Well done, so good to see this team on top after so many years!! They played, brilliantly!! Good for them, for sure, well deserved!

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JEANINE R.HUNTER February 03 2014 at 5:13 AM

Seahawks!!!!!

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ga7smi February 03 2014 at 4:59 AM

ooooga ooooga ooooga dive dive dive

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Jane Schuster February 03 2014 at 2:50 AM

Great job Seahawks and for such a young team, you will be back! Go Hawks!

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SCOTT February 03 2014 at 1:36 PM

I am a Peyton Manning fan and was rooting for the Broncos at the start, but the Seahawks showed early on that they were the better team last night. They dominated every aspect of the game -- offense, defense and special teams. They did everything right and did not allow Denver to do anything right.

If Russell Wilson is too small, too slow and doesn't have a big enough arm, Seattle should clone him and sell copies to other teams.

With this championship under its belt, the Seahawks should be even better next year.

Congratulations to the Seahawks and its fans. You've got to feel very good right now!

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Walt SCOTT February 03 2014 at 3:09 PM

DON'T WORRY SCOTT, YOU ARE RIGHT MANNING IS THE BEST QB I EVER SAW, AND HAS A FEW MORE YEARS, THE DEFEAT WAS NOT JUST MANNING, THE TEAM BROKE DOWN AND EVERY ASPECT, I AM GLAD BEING A RESIDENT OF SEATTLE, BUT YOU ARE RIGHT, MANNING IS THE BEST EVER...LOVE WILSON HOWEVER, QUITE A GENTLEMAN, AND WONDERFUL MEMBER OF OUR COMMUNITY AS IS HIS WIFE.

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Zoe February 03 2014 at 12:38 AM

WOW!!! First Time ! YAY Hawks! LOVE SEATTLE!!!!!!!

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