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Smith's pick-6 proves to be key play in Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVIII

Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith (53) reacts after running back an interception for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Denver Broncos, so fortunate to be down only two scores, finally rediscovered their offensive rhythm and seemed on the verge of getting back in the Super Bowl.

Instead, it was the Seattle defense scoring, and the Seahawks pulling away.

Trailing 15-0, the Broncos faced third-and-13 at the Seattle 35 with just over 3½ minutes left in the first half. Cliff Avril beat tackle Orlando Franklin and struck Manning's arm as he was releasing the ball, sending it wobbling through the air.

Malcolm Smith was easily able to step in front of Knowshon Moreno for ...

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