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Seahawks put Super Bowl away early, ads were safe

Wilson Talks Super Bowl Victory

NEW YORK (AP) - The Seahawks pretty much ruined everyone's fun but their own.

Their safety 12 seconds into the game got everyone excited, but the only play that came close to matching it started off the second half - and Percy Harvin's kick return pretty much finished off the Broncos.

After that, there wasn't much left to do but hope for some good commercials, a strategy that yielded some nice moments, but nothing that you can't see on YouTube.

Here's a look back at the Super Bowl on Sunday night, from the transit gaffes to the commercials, halftime show and - oh yeah - the game itself.

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RETRO BLOWOUT: It has been awhile since the NFL's championship game has been such an absurdly one-sided affair.

Football fans who remember the 1980s and 1990s recall watching teams - the Broncos often among them - get slaughtered on Super Bowl Sunday. In those days, it was pretty much a given that the big game would be over by halftime. Over the last decade, though, a series of fantastic finishes and improbable moments have gotten everyone accustomed to drama.

Not on Sunday night. The Seahawks' 43-8 win was a throwback, for sure. The only bigger losses were New England's 46-10 defeat to Chicago and Denver's 55-10 thrashing by San Francisco in 1990. The 35-point margin tied the Bills' 52-17 loss to Dallas in 1993.

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MANNING AGONISTES: Peyton Manning always seems to be judged by the next game. Win one big game, and it's the next one just out of reach that really matters.

In the Super Bowl he never really had much of a chance. The game's first snap flew by his head before he could react, and the Seahawks had a safety and a 2-0 lead 12 seconds into the game.

"It's not the way you want to start a game," Manning said. "For whatever reason we couldn't get anything going after that."

Down only two scores, the Broncos could have made it a game, but Manning got hit as he threw, the ball fluttered into Malcolm Smith's grasp and the linebacker returned it for a touchdown and just like that, the Broncos were down 22-0 at halftime.

Oh, and then Manning got to watch as Harvin returned the second-half kickoff for a TD.

"To finish this way is very disappointing," Manning said. "It's a bitter pill to swallow."

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AMERICAN INDUSTRY: Many advertisers played it safe by avoiding anything gaudy or puerile- and by wrapping themselves in the flag.

Coca-Cola showcased America's diversity with a spot that showed scenes of natural beauty and families of different ethnicities to the tune of "America the Beautiful" being sung in different languages.

Chrysler debuted a two-minute ad starring Bob Dylan, who discusses the virtues of having cars built in Detroit, a theme that it has struck with in previous ads with Eminem and Clint Eastwood. "Let Germany brew your beer. Let Asia assemble your phone. We will build your car," Dylan says in the ad.

And Budweiser went right for the emotional heart with two ads. One was about a military homecoming that was followed by a live shot of the officer from the ad sitting in the stands, another was about a puppy who didn't want to be separated from his friend, one of the Budweiser Clydesdales.

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DIG THIS JAM: When people weren't griping about not knowing who Bruno Mars was, they were finding themselves impressed by the 28-year-old pop star's showmanship.

As AP Music Writer Chris Talbott put it "tens of millions got their first chance to see why he's one of the most exciting live acts of his generation."

Mars made his first appearance bashing away at his drum kit, then segued into his catchy hit "Locked Out of Heaven" before going into "Treasure" and "Runaway Baby."

After that, he was joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who cavorted shirtless on stage as they joined the man who was still a child when the song they played, "Give It Away," was a hit.

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NO TIME FOR TRAFFIC PROBLEMS: Fans on the way to the game collapsed from overcrowding and heat at Secaucus Junction, where TSA-style security checks created a bottleneck on the way to the game.

Fans converged on the rail station for the return trip, clogging the platform as trains loaded and left when full. NJ Transit said a second platform was opened to accommodate the crowds. More than an hour after Seattle completed its 43-8 victory over Denver, long delays remained for crowds trying to leave the stadium area.

Nearly 28,000 fans rode the rails from Secaucus Junction, where all trains connect to MetLife Stadium. That's nearly double projections by event organizers, and well above the previous New Jersey Transit record of 22,000 set at a 2009 U2 concert.

At an average New York Giants or New York Jets game, about 8,000 people take the trains.

Waiting for a train, Seattle natives Jeff Chapman, 40, and childhood friend Willie Whitmore, 39, were anxious to get home.

"This is a joke," griped Chapman, an engineer. "We're not even from here and we could've told you this would've happened."

"What do you expect when you don't give people any other option to get home," added Whitmore, a project manager. "It's ridiculous."

Dan Steidl, 27, from Green Bay, Wis., was waiting for 45 minutes with very little movement.

"This is terrible," he said. "I'm ready to get out of here, but I don't know when that'll happen."

A NJ Transit spokesman told The Associated Press early Monday that nearly 25,000 passengers had been moved to Secaucus by midnight, two hours after the game, and that overall it was a "tremendous success," considering the volume of passengers transported without accident or incident.

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bostonpd203 February 04 2014 at 9:28 AM

Did anyone pick up on officials favoring the Seahawks or was it only me. On the other hand it seemed like they had 6 eyes on Denver looking to punish them. My eyes were open how come no one else spotted it.

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trog175 February 03 2014 at 12:11 PM

Mannings feet are like stone. With todays fast defences you have to be mobile. Unfortunately intelligence alone don't win the BIG games...

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Dale C.B. February 03 2014 at 12:04 PM

It's interesting to note that the first African American, starter quarterback, Doug Williams, blew out the Denver Broncos years ago (Superbowl XXll) with a score of 42-10 against the great quarterback John Elway. History repeats in 2014.

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John February 03 2014 at 5:11 PM

That was the strike shortened, repIacement player year right? And I believe that it was the Washington Redskins that blewout Denver.

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John February 03 2014 at 12:01 PM

Before Seahawk fans go too crazy about how great their team is, they might want to remind themselves that without tremendous assistance from the officials, they never would've got by the Forty-Niners.

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natalie February 03 2014 at 12:05 PM

SORE LOSER YOU ARE, REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU THINK, SEAHAWKS WERE THE BEST, TRAINED THE BEST, PLAYED THE BEST, SUCK IT UP AND GET REAL NOW..

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John February 03 2014 at 12:12 PM

None of which directly addresses my statement. If self-delusion is your choice, you are certainly entitled to it. As for sore loser, I had no particular team preference. As an NFL fan I do, however, become infuriated when officiating rather than the play on the field determines the outcome of games, as happened in the SF vs. Seattle game

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bostonpd203 February 04 2014 at 9:25 AM

Yeah John I picked up on that throughout the time I watched the game. Seems like the officials favored the Seahawks. On the other hand, seems like they were out to stop Denver with many false starts not true.

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jcavanaghg February 03 2014 at 12:01 PM

The way the media handled the pre- game talks shows the two weeks prior to the game It was all Manning. You would think he was the only player. He is great ,win or lose, But all the hype on him was way off. I had watched the 49ers play and thought that since Kappernick could run that they had a chance. And they did but Manning is not that young fast kid. That is why i thought the Seattle would win ,I did not thinks 43 to 8 just win.

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natalie February 03 2014 at 12:06 PM

I LIKE PEYTON, BUT ALL THROUGH THE GAME FROM BEGINNING TO END HE LOOKED TOTALLY STRESSED...

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ht4cycle February 03 2014 at 12:00 PM

Garbage game. The Broncos stunk up the place. They were stunned early and could never get over it. Terrible game. Good job Seahawks. You played perfect. No excuses for anyone in this one. This game will go down as the worst Super Bowl in history. I am not a fan of either team so I just wanted to see a good game. I didn't get to do that. I should have cleaned out my garage like I was thinking about doing. My time would have been better spent oh well.

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natalie February 03 2014 at 12:04 PM

YOU'RE A SORE LOSER, HOW PITIFUL~~

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natalie February 03 2014 at 12:07 PM

SORRY I MISREAD YOUR POST, IT MAY GO DOWN AS THE WORST SUPER BOWL FOR DENVER, BUT IT WILL DEFINATELY GO DOWN AS THE GREATEST AND BEST FOR THE SEAHAWKS~~~

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posthuf February 03 2014 at 12:00 PM

>We will build your car," Dylan says in the ad."<
What he doesn't say is ..."using parts made in China, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Ireland, Bolivia, Columbia, Central America, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, ad infinitum."

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natalie February 03 2014 at 12:08 PM

BUT I LOVED HIS AD, LOVED GETTING TO SEE HIM, HE LOOKS SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE LAST TIME I SAW HIM~~~ YAY BOB~~~

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jade45aufdengarten February 03 2014 at 11:58 AM

I'm very happy the broncos got man handled, and the superbowl was only boring if you was a bronco fan.I'm a raider fan and I loved every min of this years game. poor poor peyton manning and the broncos, the thing is broncos almost always blows in the post season.

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posthuf February 03 2014 at 12:01 PM

Been a Raider fan for far too many years to switch now. Remember when both the buncos and the birds were in the same division as the Raiders. No affinity for either team.

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dbjcbj February 03 2014 at 11:56 AM

Does anyone remember if the NFL refs would do their job right The Seahawks would have never even been in this game. Just as last night ther also missed holding calls or even mugging calls. But at least Sherman was taken out!

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kenmarpad February 03 2014 at 11:54 AM

i think the browns could have done better!!!!!

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ht4cycle February 03 2014 at 12:05 PM

LOL that is hilarious. They probably could have. They would still have lost but they might have actually scored a few points. The Browns in the Super Bowl. Now there is the dream of a lifetime for so many in Ohio.

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natalie February 03 2014 at 12:13 PM

POOR LOSER~~

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