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Seattle's brutal defense leads charge in rout of Broncos

Denver Broncos' Peyton Manning lies on the ground after being tackled during the second half of the Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Seattle Seahawks' mantra all season was to make each day a championship day.

They made Super Bowl Sunday the best day of all with one of the greatest performances in an NFL title game — sparked by a defense that ranks among the best ever.

The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl crown in overpowering fashion, punishing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-8. That masterful defense, the NFL's stingiest, never let the five-time MVP get going, disarming the highest-scoring offense in league history.

Seattle (16-3) was too quick, too physical and just too good ...

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