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Gallery: Super Bowl XLVIII in pictures

Published 03/02/2014 | 09:30

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll gets gatorade dumped on him in celebration near the end of the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos during the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, February 2, 2014.   REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll gets gatorade dumped on him in celebration near the end of the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos during the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, February 2, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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/Kathy Willens)
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/Kathy Willens)
A Seattle Seahawks fan, dressed as the Incredible Hulk, watches players warm up 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/Gregory Bull)
A Seattle Seahawks fan, dressed as the Incredible Hulk, watches players warm up 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/Gregory Bull)

It was a night to forget for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos but it was a Super Bowl full of colour, entertainment and touchdowns in New Jersey.

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The night belonged to the Seattle Seahawks, claiming the first Super Bowl victory in their 38 year history with a trouncing of their Denver opponents.

The writing was on the wall early on when the Seahawks scored the fasted touchdown in Super Bowl history.

Manning had moved up to the line late but Manny Ramirez failed to read his intentions, snapping the ball straight back over the quarterback’s head, forcing Knowshon Moreno down inside the Broncos’ own endzone. It was the third consecutive year there had been a safety in the Super Bowl and this was by far the swiftest, at a mere 12 seconds.

The pre-game favourites suffered the first half-time shut-out since 1982 and would lose on a score line of 43-8.

The half-time entertainment was headlined by Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, while Queen Latifah was widely acclaimed for her ‘America the Beautiful’ rendition.

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