East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Percy Harvin returned the opening
second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown and the Seattle Seahawks had a
36-8 lead over the Denver Broncos going into the fourth quarter of Super Bowl
The NFC-champion Seahawks are trying to win their first Super Bowl title in
their second appearance in the game.
Harvin's return came after the Seahawks scored 16 points off Denver turnovers
for a 22-0 lead at halftime.
They made it 23 points off turnovers after Demaryius Thomas' fumble led to
Jermaine Kearse's spinning, tackle-breaking touchdown catch for a 36-0 Seattle
Seattle's top-ranked defense has smothered Peyton Manning and the top-ranked
Denver offense, which was the first in NFL history to score 600 points in the
Manning was 30-of-40 for 241 yards with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Thomas at
the end of the third quarter, which was followed by a two-point conversion.
But he has thrown two interceptions. One of them led to Marshawn Lynch's 1-
yard touchdown run and the other was returned 69 yards by Malcolm Smith, both
in the second quarter.
The Seahawks didn't have their "12th Man" -- the nickname of their spirited
home fans -- but they've honored them by scoring 12 seconds into each half.
Before Harvin's return to start the second half, Seattle scored the Super
Bowl's fastest-ever points when the ball was snapped over Manning's head and
into the end zone for a safety on the game's first play from scrimmage.
The score came two seconds sooner than Devin Hester's 92-yard kickoff return
for Chicago to begin Super Bowl XLI. Manning's Indianapolis Colts beat the
Bears in that game.
Manning is attempting to become the first starting quarterback to lead two
different franchises to a Super Bowl win. He is playing on the field his
brother Eli calls home as quarterback of the New York Giants.
The Broncos are 2-4 in six previous Super Bowls, winning back-to-back titles
in 1998-99 behind quarterback John Elway, who is now the team's executive vice
president of football operations.
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