Best way to end the 2013-2014 NFL season: go out with a Super Bowl win! As a long-suffering Seattle sports fan, no words can describe how amazing it was to watch Super Bowl XLVIII or what the championship means to the team, the city and the fans. Since words fail (plus the fact that on Monday everyone will be analyzing every inch of the game), here are some numbers to do the talking.
82, 529 – fans in attendance at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
87 – yards that Percy Harvin ran for a kickoff return touchdown to start the second half. This is the tenth kickoff return for a touchdown in a Super Bowl.
62 – year-old Pete Carroll becomes the third oldest coach to win a Super Bowl, behind Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants (65) and Dick Vermeil of the St. Louis Rams (63).
53 – Malcolm Smith’s number, a name and number not known to many, as a seventh round pick, third year player from USC. He became just the third linebacker in NFL history to be named Super Bowl MVP, joining Chuck Howley (1971 Dallas Cowboys) and Ray Lewis (2001 Baltimore Ravens) for the honor.
50 – degrees Fahrenheit in New Jersey when the pre-game started. So much for the Snow Bowl!
43 – points the Seahawks scored against the Denver Broncos (8), the third largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history, only behind the San Francisco 49ers-Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV (55-10) and the Chicago Bears-New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX (46-10).
39 – yards that Marshawn Lynch rushed, his lowest in the post-season and second lowest in the 2013-2014 season. Some commentators said that Lynch needed a big game for the Seahawks to win. Clearly, they were wrong.
35 – years since the city of Seattle celebrated a major sports championship, when the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Washington Bullets in 1979.
26.4 – the average age of the Seahawks squad, making them the youngest team to win a Super Bowl.
13 – receptions by Denver’s Demaryius Thomas, the most in a Super Bowl, surpassing the previous record of 11. He also was Denver’s leading receiver with 118 yards and scored the Broncos’ only TD.
The Magic of 12s
– 12 seconds: A new Super Bowl record for fastest score when the Broncos, on their first play, botched the snap and fumbled in their end zone. It was recovered by Denver but resulted in a safety for Seattle.
– 12:00 minute mark of the second quarter: Marshawn Lynch scored the Seahawks first TD.
– 12 seconds: Percy Harvin took off the clock to score that 87-yard kickoff return TD.
– 12th man: Of course.
5 – Super Bowls that Denver has lost, setting an NFL record as the team with the most Super Bowl losses, bringing their overall record to 2-5.
4 – the fourth second-year quarterback to win a Super Bowl, Russell Wilson joins an elite group consisting of Tom Brady (New England Patriots), Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburg Steelers) and Kurt Warner (St. Louis Rams).
3 – only the third coach to win both an NCAA and NFL championship (USC Trojans and Seahawks), Pete Carroll joins the ranks with Jimmy Johnson (Miami Hurricanes and Dallas Cowboys) and Barry Switzer (Oklahoma Sooners and Dallas Cowboys).
2 – only the second African-American QB to win a Super Bowl (the first was Doug Williams of the Washington Redskins), we celebrate just another reason Russell Wilson has beaten the odds.
1 – the first championship the Seahawks ever won, Super Bowl XLVIII will be known to many (especially me) as the best Super Bowl yet.