Super Bowl XLVIII

2014 edition of the Super Bowl

Super Bowl XLVIII (meaning Super Bowl 48 in Roman numerals) was an American football game in which the Seattle Seahawks, winners of the National Football Conference (NFC) for the 2013 season, beat the Denver Broncos, winners of the American Football Conference (AFC), 43–8 to become winners of the National Football League (NFL) for the 2013 season. It was the first time the Seattle Seahawks had won a Super Bowl. It was played at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2, 2014.

Super Bowl XLVIII
1234 Total
SEA 814147 43
DEN 0080 8
DateFebruary 2, 2014
StadiumMetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
MVPMalcolm Smith, linebacker[1]
FavoriteBroncos by 2[2]
RefereeTerry McAulay[3]
Current/Future Hall of Famers
Seahawks: none
Broncos: Pat Bowlen (owner), Champ Bailey
National anthemRenée Fleming[6]
Coin tossJoe Namath, Phil Simms
Halftime showBruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers
TV in the United States
AnnouncersJoe Buck (play-by-play)
Troy Aikman (analyst)
Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews (sideline reporters)
Nielsen ratings46.4 (national)[7][8]
56.7 (Seattle)[7][8]
50.5 (New York)[7][8]
51.4 (Denver)[7][8]
US viewership: 117.5 million est. avg., 167 million est. total[source?]
Market share69 (national)[7]
Cost of 30-second commercial$4 million[9]

Starting teams

Hall of Fame‡
Seattle Seahawks Position Position Denver Broncos
Doug Baldwin WR Demaryius Thomas
Russell Okung LT Chris Clark
James Carpenter LG Zane Beadles
Max Unger C Manny Ramirez
J. R. Sweezy RG Louis Vasquez
Breno Giacomini RT Orlando Franklin
Alvin Bailey T TE Julius Thomas
Zach Miller TE WR Eric Decker
Golden Tate WR Wes Welker
Russell Wilson QB Peyton Manning
Marshawn Lynch RB Knowshon Moreno
Cliff Avril LDE Malik Jackson
Michael Bennett LDT DT Sylvester Williams
Clinton McDonald RDT NT Terrance Knighton
Chris Clemons RDE Shaun Phillips
K. J. Wright OLB SLB Nate Irving
Bobby Wagner MLB Paris Lenon
Walter Thurmond CB WLB Danny Trevathan
Richard Sherman LCB Champ Bailey
Byron Maxwell RCB Dominique
Kam Chancellor SS Duke Ihenacho
Earl Thomas FS Mike Adams


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  2. Burke, Chris (January 21, 2014). "Super Bowl XLVIII odds: Denver Broncos favorite over Seattle Seahawks". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  3. Brinson, Will (January 15, 2014). "NFL names Terry McAulay referee for Super Bowl XLVIII". CBS Sports. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  4. "Super Bowl Winners". National Football League. Archived from the original on January 1, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  5. Jorgensen, Jack (February 2, 2014). "Super Bowl 48: Official attendance announced as 82, 529". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
  6. "Renee Fleming to sing National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII". National Football League. January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 "Super Bowl 48 Local Ratings: Seattle Up, Denver Down, K.C. Leads". Sports Media Watch. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 "Super Bowl XLVIII most-watched TV program in U.S. history". National Football League. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
  9. Horovitz, Bruce (September 3, 2013). "Super Bowl ad fever hits early this year". USA Today. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  10. "Super Bowl XLVIII–National Football League Game Summary" (PDF). National Football League. February 2, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
  11. "Super Bowl XLVIII - Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos - February 2nd, 2014".