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FINAL: Seahawks 43, Broncos 8


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5-0: After scoring a safety on the first play from scrimmage, the Seahawks added a short field goal in the first quarter to become the first team in Super Bowl history to lead 5-0. It was the third straight year a safety was scored in the Super Bowl.

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THAT WAS FAST: The Seahawks needed just 12 seconds to put points on the board, the fastest score in Super Bowl history. Appropriately, it came with the Seattle defense on the field. On the very first snap of the game, Peyton Manning was going through his typical complex calls, looking away from center Manny Ramirez, when the ball suddenly went sailing past him and into the end zone. Knowshon Moreno fell on it to prevent a Seahawks touchdown, but the safety gave Seattle a 2-0 lead.

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NO COLD: The game-time temperature was chilly — by Miami standards. The 49 degrees felt nothing like February in the Northeast. So much for all the concerns leading up to the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city.

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TAILS NEVER FAILS: Broadway Joe was looking the part: Joe Namath, New York football royalty as MVP of the third Super Bowl for the Jets, wore a gaudy fur coat for the coin toss. After a false start on the first attempt, the Seahawks called tails, and they were right. Seattle deferred to the second half.

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OPERATIC ANTHEM: Soprano Renee Fleming hit some high notes on "land of the free" likely never heard before at a Super Bowl when she sang the national anthem. Regal in a long white cape over a black dress, Fleming finished in 2 minutes, 3 seconds, easily the under the 2:25 for the proposition bet.


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GRAND ENTRANCES: Seattle ran onto the field first, led by a soaring hawk and with linebacker Heath Farwell carrying the 12th Man flag. Denver followed a galloping horse.

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COLLEGE PRIDE: In honor of New York and New Jersey jointly hosting the Super Bowl, the marching bands from the states’ only colleges in the power football conferences — Syracuse (N.Y.) and Rutgers (N.J.) — performed together before the game. Among the songs: "Born to Run" by New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen.

Broncos fans might have thought Syracuse’s band was supporting Denver with its orange and blue colors.

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SEATS FULL: Fans clearly heeded advice to leave plenty of time for their commute. Security was slow at train stations, but by 5:15 p.m., 80,000 folks had already made it in. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said it was the earliest arriving Super Bowl crowd in at least 30 years.

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FAMOUS FANS: Beyonce, last year’s halftime performer, arrived with husband Jay Z wearing a hat with mouse ears about an hour before kickoff.

Beyonce performed for a smaller crowd Saturday night as Jay Z brought his wife out for a surprise cameo during his concert for DirecTV’s "Super Saturday Night" party on the eve of the Super Bowl.

Bruno Mars is this year’s halftime act.

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