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10 Things You’ll Always Remember About Super Bowl 2014

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Super Bowl 2014: 10 Things You'll Always Remember

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Before the 2013 NFL season started, most pundits and so-called "experts" were picking a Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos Super Bowl. Way too go out on a limb, I thought, but they were right. That's what they wanted and that's what they got.

The Broncos made their way to the big game on the strength of their record-breaking offense, led by record-breaking QB Peyton Manning. This Broncos team was reminiscent of the 2007 New England Patriots. They were stunning to watch all year. Besides a few gaffes here and there, they basically could just score at will.

The Seahawks on the other hand were a defensive buzzsaw all year. They were fast, talented and downright brutal. Opposing receivers probably had nightmares about having to run crossing routes against those guys.

The No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense, rarely do we get this matchup in the Super Bowl. Oh, but what should have been a knock down drag-out was more like a straight up knockout. Just about every score prediction I saw was fairly close and who wouldn’t have believed it was going to be close? All Super Bowls these days are close, right? Nope. It’s like we all went in a time machine to the 90s when Super Bowls were practically all blowouts. It truly was a throwback game in that sense. The Seahawks dominated from the opening whistle, until the final ticks of the clock.

The game must have been a thrill for all Seahawks fans and Bronco haters to watch, but for all of us indifferent people? Meh. Despite how bad the game turned out, there were a lot of things that can be remembered from this year's big game. I’ve made a list of 10 of the most memorable moments of Super Bowl 48. Enjoy the show.

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Bruno Mars

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Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports

I didn't really know too much about this dude, therefore, like a lot of people I wasn't overcome with excitement for the halftime show. I got to admit, though, Bruno Mars was pretty good. I don't much care for his style of music, nor will I go out and buy his albums, but I can admit the man has talent. It was also refreshing to see someone sing live as opposed to that lip-synching crap. Ain't nobody got time for that.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Robert Deutsch-USA Today Sports

Continuing on with the halftime show, the great Red Hot Chili Peppers joined Bruno Mars to put on quite a show. Got to love over the hill Anthony Kiedis and Flea rocking no shirts in 40-degree weather. Also had to love their song choice of "Give It Away." The Broncos were certainly giving it away up to that point.

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The Commercials

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Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports

Every year there are always people who either love or hate the Super Bowl commercials. Personally, I liked them for the most part. One of the more memorable one's featured Tim Tebow. Not having an NFL contract allowed Tebow to do some crazy things like make cheesy movies, be a rock star, delivering babies, etc. How ironic that the team the first shunned Tebow, the Broncos were on the short end of one of the worst Super Bowl beat downs of all time? Other good commercials included 80s Radio Shack, Dorito Kid, Dorito Time Machine, Horse/Dog Budweiser and Random Bud Light Guy.

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Opening Play: Safety

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Guess I should talk about the actual game a little, huh? On the very first offensive play of the game, there was a horrible miscue from center Manny Ramirez, which led to him snapping the ball over Manning's head for a safety. It was the quickest score in any Super Bowl at 12 seconds. Little did we all know at the time how much that play would foreshadow the rest of the game.

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Malcolm Smith Pick Six

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Although the Broncos were getting dominated and losing 15-0 at the time, you had the sense they would get things going eventually. A ferocious Seattle pass rush squashed that notion as Cliff Avril got to Manning, which led to a pop up right to Malcolm Smith, who took it to the house. Smith would be named the games MVP and he was deserving, but I believe another should have been the MVP. More on that individual in a few slides.

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Percy Harvin Kickoff Return Touchdown

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If anyone still thought that Denver had a chance to come back in the second half down 22-0, those notions were put to rest by an impressive Percy Harvin opening half kickoff return touchdown. 29-0, game, set, match. The question that begs to be asked, though. Why attempt a short pop up kick? Seriously, how many of you watching on TV knew that was probably going back for a touchdown?

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Kam Chancellor

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Noah K. Murray-USA Today Sports

Kam Chancellor is the man I was referring to earlier. If I had a vote, Chancellor would have been the MVP as of this game. No offense to Smith, but Chancellor's brutal hits set the tone of this game early. Seattle's entire defense was excellent and you probably could have made the case for a few other guys being MVP as well. No other guy, though, leaped off my TV screen like Chancellor.

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Jermaine Kearse

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The picture above would lead to you to believe that Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse made a reception and was tackled. He should have been, he was hit hard a few times, but didn't go down and sauntered into the end zone. What an amazing effort on Kearse's part and once again showed that Seattle wanted this game much more than Denver.

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The Manning Face

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Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports

We all know that classic Manning face by now. The look of bewilderment and disappointment (little bro Eli makes the face as well). For all of you poor souls who watched this whole game saw plenty of that face. It's been a while since we've seen that face that many times. I can't blame Peyton, though, he didn't have much help out there. Could we have seen our final Manning (Peyton) face this past Sunday? Probably not.

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Pete Carroll Gets The Gatorade Shower, Twice

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Adam Hunger-USA Today Sports

It's rare to see a coach get the Gatorade Shower anymore. Probably because most Super Bowls these days are close and come down to the last couple of plays. Like I mentioned earlier, though, this was a throwback blowout game of epic proportions. Somewhere around 36-0 we all knew the game was no longer in doubt. It was kind of messed up that an older man like Pete Carroll had to endure two Gatorade showers in the cold New Jersey weather; luckily I don't think he cared too much and clearly had too much adrenaline to worry about silly things like hypothermia.