EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Seattle Seahawks got off to a fast start - and kept going.
Malcolm Smith returned Peyton Manning's second interception of the Super Bowl 69 yards with 3:21 left in the opening half Sunday night to give the Seahawks a stunning 22-0 halftime lead over Denver. That's the Broncos' biggest deficit of the season.
On third-and-13 from the Seahawks 35, Manning's arm was hit by Cliff Avril as he attempted to throw. The ball fluttered in the air to Smith, who took off down the left sideline and into the end zone untouched for the fourth-longest interception return for a score in Super Bowl history.
Smith had the victory-sealing interception in the NFC championship against the San Francisco 49ers on a tipped pass in the end zone by Richard Sherman.
Marshawn Lynch scored on a 1-yard run 3 minutes into the second quarter to make it 15-0. That came after two early field goals and a safety for Seattle.
The safety came just 12 seconds into the game for an odd way to start a Super Bowl. Broncos center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball by Peyton Manning, who was walking up to the line and didn't have his hands ready on the first play from scrimmage. The ball was recovered by Denver's Knowshon Moreno in the end zone for a safety.
This Super Bowl is being played in comfortable weather conditions. After much concern that it would be cold and snowy, game time temperature of 49 degrees, almost springtime weather for North Jersey.
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