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Super Bowl liveblog: Broncos vs. Seahawks

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Today’s crew is headed by Terry McAulay.

      Yr. Crew College Occupation
R 77 Terry McAulay 16   Louisiana State college officiating coordinator
U 124 Carl Paganelli 14 Winter Michigan State retired federal probation officer
HL 48 Jim Mello 10 Vinovich Northeastern facilities manager
LJ 100 Tom Symonette 10 Cheffers Florida certified public accountant
FJ 88 Scott Steenson 23 Winter North Texas commercial real estate developer
SJ 16 David Wyant 23 Triplette Virginia consulting engineer
BJ 133 Steve Freeman 13 Triplette Mississippi State custom home builder
ALT R Clete Blakeman 6 Blakeman Nebraska attorney
ALT U Paul King 5 Vinovich Nicholls State school teacher
ALT LoS Greg Bradley 5 McAulay Tennessee chemical engineer
ALT SL James Coleman 9 McAulay Arkansas electrical engineer
ALT BJ Terrence Miles 6 Blakeman Arizona State quality control manager
  • Replay official: Earnie Frantz
  • Replay assistant: Brian Matoren
Ben Austro Ben Austro February 3, 20141:45 am

Seahawks 43-8, final

That is the first time an NFL game ended with that score.

Penalties, 16 — Seahawks: 10 for 104 yards, Broncos: 5 for 44 yards. 1 declined

Replay, 3 — 1 challenge each by both teams (both not successful), 1 booth review on a turnover (reversed).

Mark Schultz February 2, 20149:55 pm

There weren’t any calls that helped swing the momentum or decide the outcome of this game, yet the Super Bowl XLVIII crew has done a great job and can be proud of their performance.

Ben Austro Ben Austro February 2, 20149:28 pm
4th qtr | 11:45 | Seahawks — Doug Baldwin 10-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson. Seahawks 43-8
Ben Austro Ben Austro February 2, 20149:27 pm
3rd qtr | :00 | Broncos — Demaryius Thomas 14-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. (Wes Welker 2-point conversion reception.) Seahawks 36-8
Mark Schultz February 2, 20149:10 pm

1:28 | 3rd atr. Good DPI call by Wyant on Seattle #41. He’s had good calls in the secondary this evening.

Ben Austro Ben Austro February 2, 20148:34 pm
3rd qtr | 14:48 | Seahawks — Percy Harvin 87-yard kickoff return-touchdown. Seahawks 29-0
Ben Austro Ben Austro February 2, 20148:32 pm

A little bit too much leeway was given to Seattle on pass interference near halftime.

Ben Austro Ben Austro February 2, 20148:28 pm

Back to the opening coin toss, Joe Namath flipped the coin before the Seahawks called the toss

Video: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000322307/Ref-intercepts-Joe-Namath-coin-toss

Ben Austro Ben Austro February 2, 20147:48 pm
2nd qtr | 3:21 | Booth review (fumble) — Ruling on the field: fumble recovery on kickoff return. Call reversed to down by contact.
Mark Schultz February 2, 20147:46 pm

3:21 | 2nd qtr. An excellent job by the officials on the fumble scrum. The first officials on the pile dig to the bottom, the next few keep players off the pile and prevent fights. Paganelli was first to the bottom of the pile, and Freeman kept everyone cool. The rest of the officials also helped out. Good team work.

Ben Austro Ben Austro February 2, 20147:41 pm
2nd qtr | 3:21 | Seahawks — Malcolm Smith 69-yard interception return-touchdown. Seahawks 22-0
Mark Schultz February 2, 20147:24 pm

12:47 | 1st qtr. Good DPI flag by Wyant. The Denver defender never turned for the ball.

Ben Austro Ben Austro February 2, 20147:24 pm
2nd qtr | 12:00 | Seahawks — Marshawn Lynch 1-yard touchdown run. Seahawks 15-0
Ben Austro Ben Austro February 2, 20147:11 pm
1st qtr | 2:33 | Broncos challenge — Ruling on the field: incomplete pass, Broncos challenging that it was a backward pass with recovery. Ruling on the field is confirmed.
Ben Austro Ben Austro February 2, 20147:09 pm
1st qtr | 2:16 | Seahawks — Steven Haushka 33-yard field goal. Seahawks 8-0
Ben Austro Ben Austro February 2, 20147:08 pm
1st qtr | 10:21 | Seahawks — Steven Haushka 31-yard field goal. Seahawks 5-0
Ben Austro Ben Austro February 2, 20146:50 pm
Seahawks challenge: Short of 1st down. Even though the spot of the ball changed as a result of the review, the challenge is for the first down call. Seahawks are still charged a challenge.

Approved Ruling 15.207 explains why the Seahawks lost the challenge:

David Root February 2, 20146:48 pm

On the Safety play, Peyton Manning was flagged for illegal motion because he was moving forward at the snap. This foul applies to the QB, just like all other eligible motion players. It’s not a false start because he was not simulating the snap

Ben Austro Ben Austro February 2, 20146:45 pm
1st qtr | 14:48 | Seahawks Safety, Broncos fumbled and downed in end zone. Seahawks, 2-0.

Video: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-cant-miss-plays/0ap2000000322323/Super-Bowl-XLVIII-Can-t-Miss-Play-Safety-first

Mark Schultz February 2, 20146:37 pm

First play from scrimmage results in a movement penalty on the Broncos, a shotgun snap into the endzone and a safety. So much for settling into the game. Officials have to be ready on the first play.

Ben Austro Ben Austro February 2, 20146:14 pm

Weather is obviously not an issue. Officially, 51°. Coldest Super Bowl was 39°, Super Bowl VI at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. (And, Super Bowl IV was held under a tornado watch.)

Previous league championships in NYC metro:

  • AFL Championship, 1968 OAK vs NYJ: 42°
  • NFL Championship, 1962 GB vs NYG: 25°
  • NFL Championship, 1961 GB vs NYG: 17°

4 comments for “Super Bowl liveblog: Broncos vs. Seahawks

  1. Doug Davis
    February 3, 2014 at 1:39 am

    While I know the best team won and would have won anyway, there was a failure on several occasions of the officials allowing defensive holding and pass interference. Replays clearly showed Seattle defensive backs hitting receivers just before the ball arrived and outright holding in pass routes. Calls against an overly aggressive defense would have kept the game more interesting. Instead, the officials’ lack of calls, certainly in the key times earlier in the game made Seattle’s defense seem more invincible than it actually was. It was lopsided enough that I suspected gambling issues. In reality, a hesitancy to throw the flag just made the game frustrating and boring. Poor job zebras.

  2. Doug Davis
    February 3, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Before anyone accuses me of just being a frustrated Bronco fan, actually, I am a huge fan of Russell Wilson. I just wanted a decently called game.

  3. Doug Davis
    February 3, 2014 at 1:58 am

    This was reported in SI about the lack of calls during the playoffs.

    “Per Pro Football Talk, the NFL sent out a video memo to the media this week in which VP of Officiating Dean Blandino insisted that the “let them play” modus operandi that seemed to rule the day in all four games is not what the league wants.”

    It was also reported that the Seahawks had the most pass interference penalties during the regular season. The Hawks got to push the envelope in SB 48. The result was a blowout. Boring night NFL.

  4. Jesse Wendel
    February 8, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Hi Ben,

    Good blogging.

    One point: you didn’t list (or green highlight) the 3rd quarter Wilson short pass to Jermaine Kearse for a 23-yard touchdown reception through four tackles. Seahawks 36-0. #goHawks

    Cheers.