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Seattle soar to Super Bowl rout of Denver

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey--With a fierce defense that forced four turnovers, the Seattle Seahawks soared to a first NFL title Sunday with a 43-8 rout of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 48.

Seattle's Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes while linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception for a touchdown and recovered a fumble to set up another.

“It's just a tremendous feeling,” Smith said. “We just have a great group of guys who feed off each other, guys with chips on their shoulder who have been overlooked.”

That Seahawks defensive unit, which led the NFL in fewest points allowed and most turnovers forced, shut down a Broncos offense that scored the most points in a season in NFL history and humbled quarterback Peyton Manning, who set one-season records for passing yardage and touchdowns.

“We're a bunch of misfits in some ways, a lot of guys people haven't heard of,” said Seattle defensive back and NFL interceptions leader Richard Sherman. “But I think they learned how complete our defense is.”

The Seahawks, owned by Microsoft co-founding billionaire Paul Allen, lost to Pittsburgh in 2006 in their only prior Super Bowl visit.

“The people who say defense wins championships can gloat for a little while because it sure did tonight,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

Seattle scored the most points by a Super Bowl team since Tampa Bay had 48 in a 2003 victory over Oakland and won by the most lopsided margin since Dallas defeated Buffalo 52-17 in 1993.

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