CELEBRATIONS IN SEATTLE
The Seahawks pretty much ruined everyone's fun but their own.
Their safety 12 seconds into the game got everyone excited.
— Howard Fendrich (@HowardFendrich) February 2, 2014
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, from the transit gaffes to the commercials, halftime show and — oh yeah — the game itself.
It has been awhile since the NFL's championship game has been such an absurdly one-sided affair. 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.
With the lack of a fantastic finish, AP Sportswriter John Marshall turned an eye toward other games afoot:
Was the Puppy Bowl any closer? #APSuperBowl
— John Marshall (@jmarshallap) February 3, 2014
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.
Here's what Manning had to say about the loss:
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.
And Budweiser went right for the emotional heart with a couple of ads. One was about a puppy who didn't want to be separated from his friend, one of the Budweiser Clydesdales.
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. 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.
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.
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.