|Date||February 2, 2014|
|Stadium||MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey|
|MVP||Malcolm Smith, linebacker|
|Favorite||Broncos by 2|
|Current/Future Hall of Famers|
|Seahawks: none |
Broncos: Pat Bowlen (owner), Champ Bailey
|National anthem||Renée Fleming|
|Coin toss||Joe Namath, Phil Simms|
|Halftime show||Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers|
|TV in the United States|
|Announcers||Joe Buck (play-by-play)|
Troy Aikman (analyst)
Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews (sideline reporters)
Mike Pereira (rules analyst)
|Nielsen ratings||46.4 (national)|
50.5 (New York)
US viewership: 111.5 million est. avg., 167 million est. total
|Market share||69 (national)|
|Cost of 30-second commercial||$4 million|
|Radio in the United States|
|Announcers||Kevin Harlan (play-by-play)|
Boomer Esiason (analyst)
James Lofton and Mark Malone (sideline reporters)
Super Bowl XLVIII was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Denver Broncos and National Football Conference (NFC) champion Seattle Seahawks to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2013 season. The Seahawks defeated the Broncos 43–8, the largest margin of victory for an underdog and tied for the third largest point differential overall (35) in Super Bowl history with Super Bowl XXVII (1993). It was the first time the winning team scored over 40 points, while holding their opponent to under 10. This became the first Super Bowl victory for the Seahawks and the fifth Super Bowl loss for the Broncos, tied with the New England Patriots for the most of any team. The game was played on February 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the first Super Bowl played outdoors in a cold-weather city and the first Super Bowl to be played on February 2.
This marked the third time the number one seed from each conference met in the league championship, joining Super Bowl XXVIII (1994) and Super Bowl XLIV (2010). The Seahawks posted a 13–3 record and were making their second Super Bowl appearance in eight years. The Broncos were making their seventh Super Bowl appearance after also posting a 13–3 record. The game also featured the league's top offense (Denver) against the top defense (Seattle), the first time this occurred since Super Bowl XXXVII (2003). This also marked the only time that two former divisional rivals met in a Super Bowl, as the Seahawks and Broncos were in the same division from 1977 to 2001.
Seattle built a 22–0 halftime lead, and then a 36–0 advantage before allowing Denver's first and only score on the final play of the third quarter. The Seahawks defense scored a safety on the first play from scrimmage, the quickest score in Super Bowl history at 12 seconds. They also became the first team in a Super Bowl to score on a safety, a kickoff return for a touchdown (12 seconds into the second half), and an interception return for a touchdown. The Broncos were held to almost 30 points below their scoring average. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, a five-time NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) award winner, threw two interceptions in the first half. Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, who returned one of those interceptions 69 yards for a touchdown, recovered a fumble and made nine tackles, was named Super Bowl MVP.
In the United States, the game was televised by Fox; with an average audience of 111.5 million viewers, and peaking at 115.3 million during the halftime show featuring Bruno Mars, the game was briefly the most-watched U.S. television broadcast of all time, until it was surpassed the following year. The game's inaugural Spanish-language telecast on Fox Deportes was also the highest-rated Spanish-language cable telecast outside of soccer.
Host selection process
Three stadiums were part of the bidding to host the game:
- MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, New Jersey
- Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Florida
- Sun Life Stadium – Miami Gardens, Florida
During the voting process by the league owners, the South Florida/Miami bid was eliminated in the second round of voting, but it eventually took the fourth round of voting for New Jersey's bid to beat Tampa's. The game was awarded on May 26, 2010 at the NFL owners meetings in Irving, Texas.
Super Bowl XLVIII was the first Super Bowl held at an open-air stadium in a "cold-weather" city; previous Super Bowls in cold-weather cities were held at indoor stadiums. However, the temperature at kickoff was a mild 49 °F (9 °C), making this only the third-coldest Super Bowl. A major snow storm hit the area the very next day. According to Weather.com, the average high and low temperatures for East Rutherford on February 2 were 39 °F (4 °C) and 20 °F (−7 °C), respectively. The coldest outdoor Super Bowl of the first 47 games was Super Bowl VI, held at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans on January 16, 1972, with a kickoff temperature of 39 °F (4 °C)(Tulane Stadium also hosted the second coldest outdoor Super Bowl, Super Bowl IX, with a kickoff temperature of 46 °F (8 °C)). However, New Orleans usually has a humid subtropical climate, with January morning lows averaging around 46 °F (8 °C) and daily highs around 63 °F (17 °C); also, all New Orleans Super Bowls since XII have been played at the indoor Superdome. Since Super Bowl X in 1976, all but one outdoor Super Bowl has been played in either California or Florida, the exception being Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, Arizona. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated that if Super Bowl XLVIII was successful, additional "cold-weather" Super Bowls would be considered.
Super Bowl XLVIII was the first NFL championship game to be held in the New York metropolitan area since December 30, 1962, when the Green Bay Packers beat the New York Giants in the original Yankee Stadium, 16–7. Since then, two other major pro football leagues have held title games in the area:
- 1968 AFL Championship Game at Shea Stadium, December 29, 1968: New York Jets 27, Oakland Raiders 23. The Jets went on to Super Bowl III, where they upset the Baltimore Colts, 16–7.
- 1985 USFL Championship Game at Giants Stadium, July 14, 1985: Baltimore Stars 28, Oakland Invaders 24. This game would turn out to be the final contest in the league's three-year history.
New York City was scheduled to host Super Bowl XLIV upon the completion of the proposed West Side Stadium. When the stadium proposal was rejected, Sun Life Stadium was selected to host the game instead.
MetLife Stadium was the first Super Bowl venue that was simultaneously home to two NFL teams: the New York Giants and the New York Jets, and thus was the first championship game to have two host teams. The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (which hosted Super Bowls I and VII) served as the home of the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Raiders, but not at the same time.
This was also the first Super Bowl played outdoors on artificial turf (FieldTurf) since Super Bowl X (1976) at the Miami Orange Bowl. It was also the first in which two U.S. states, New York and New Jersey, shared hosting duties. This was also the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors since Super Bowl XLIV was played in Miami Gardens.
Winter outlook and contingency plans
The choice of holding the Super Bowl outdoors in a cold weather environment generated some controversy. When it was released in August 2013, the "Winter Outlook" section in the 2014 Farmers' Almanac predicted that a winter storm would hit just about the time Super Bowl XLVIII kicked off; this generated the attention of several media sources, including ESPN's Rick Reilly in a piece that aired on ESPN's Monday Night Countdown on October 21, 2013. In a radio interview broadcast on WFAN, Fox studio analyst Terry Bradshaw stated that he opposes the idea of a cold Super Bowl, stating "I don't want it to be bad ... What if we get two passing teams?" In a piece published on Sports Illustrated's "Monday Morning Quarterback" site, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman also opposed holding the game at MetLife Stadium, stating that "it's the league's responsibility to show its audience the best possible product, and this can't happen in the snow". The decision to play the game in New Jersey was made even more controversial by the fact that the NFL informed the Miami Dolphins that Sun Life Stadium would never host another Super Bowl until they put a roof over the stadium for fear of rain.
The NFL announced on December 18, 2013, that in the event of a forecast of heavy snow, the game would be rescheduled for the Saturday before, or for the Monday or Tuesday after.
One day before the Super Bowl, weather conditions for the game were forecast to be mostly cloudy with temperatures in the low to mid-40s Fahrenheit.
A winter storm arrived 6 hours after the game ended, dropping 8 inches of snow on the region. The inclement weather cancelled one-quarter of the flights available at the area's three major airports, stranding thousands.
Super Bowl XLVIII earned a few unofficial nicknames, with the "Weed Bowl", "Bong Bowl", and "Marijuana Bowl" being among the most prominent, from users of social networking websites and various news outlets as the home states of the Seahawks and Broncos (Washington and Colorado, respectively) were the first two states to legalize marijuana for recreational use, during the fall 2012 elections.
The offense was led by second-year quarterback Russell Wilson, a third-round draft pick who won the starting role after a three-way quarterback competition in training camp and went on to win a playoff game in his rookie season with the Seahawks. In his second season, he completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 3,357 yards and 26 touchdowns, with only nine interceptions, while also rushing for 539 yards and another score. His 101.2 passer rating ranked him seventh in the NFL, and made him the first quarterback in history with a triple digit passer rate in his first two seasons. His top target was Pro Bowl receiver Golden Tate, who caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five touchdowns. Tate was also a major asset on special teams, returning 51 punts for 585 yards (second in the NFL). Other key targets included Doug Baldwin (50 receptions, 775 yards, five touchdowns) and tight end Zach Miller (33 receptions, 387 yards, five touchdowns). Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch was the team's leading rusher with 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was also a reliable receiver, hauling in 36 passes for 316 yards and two more scores. The Seahawks' offensive line was led by Pro Bowl center Max Unger. Kicker Steven Hauschka ranked fourth in the NFL in scoring (143 points) and second in field goal percentage (.943, 33/35).
Seattle had the NFL's top defense, with the fewest yards allowed per game (273.6), fewest points allowed (231), and most takeaways (39). They were the first team since the 1985 Chicago Bears to lead the league in all three categories. The Seahawks were also the fourth team to lead the NFL in interceptions and fewest passing yards allowed; all four teams reached the Super Bowl. Seattle's defensive line featured defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, both of whom recorded eight sacks. Avril also forced five fumbles, while Bennett recovered three, returning them for 39 yards and a touchdown. Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald also made a big impact with 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and an interception. Linebacker Bobby Wagner led the team in combined tackles (120), while also racking up five sacks and two interceptions. But the best aspect of the defense was their secondary – collectively known as the Legion of Boom – which sent three of their four starters to the Pro Bowl: cornerback Richard Sherman, who led the NFL in interceptions (eight, with 125 return yards), along with free safety Earl Thomas (five interceptions, 105 tackles, two forced fumbles) and strong safety Kam Chancellor (99 tackles, three interceptions, 78 return yards).
Denver finished the season 13–3 for the second straight year, winning the AFC West division and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Broncos had the best offense in the NFL, leading the league in points scored (606, the highest total in NFL history) and yards gained (7,313). The offense was so explosive that they scored points on their opening possession at least eight straight games leading into the playoffs and a ninth time against the San Diego Chargers during the Divisional Playoffs game. During the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots, they broke that streak, only to score on the opening possession of the second half. In only five out of 18 games (including playoffs) did they score fewer than 30 points, the fewest being 20 points.
In command of the offense was 16-year veteran quarterback Peyton Manning. Now in his second year as the team's starter, Manning posted one of the best seasons of any quarterback in NFL history, leading the league in completions, attempts, yards, and touchdown passes. His 5,477 passing yards and 55 touchdown completions both set new NFL records. His 450 completions were the second-highest total in NFL history, and his 115.1 passer rating ranked second in the league. Denver's leading pass-catcher was Pro Bowl receiver Demaryius Thomas, who caught 92 passes for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns. But Manning had plenty of other reliable options, including Eric Decker (97 receptions, 1,288 yards, 11 touchdowns), Wes Welker (73 receptions, 778 yards, 10 touchdowns), and Pro Bowl tight end Julius Thomas (65 receptions, 788 yards, 12 touchdowns). Overall, they made Denver the first team in NFL history ever to have four players with at least 10 touchdown receptions in a season. Running back Knowshon Moreno was the team's leading rusher with 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also catching 60 passes for 548 yards and another three scores. Rookie running back Montee Ball was also a big contributor with 554 rushing yards, four touchdowns, and 20 receptions. The team's offensive line featured Pro Bowl guard Louis Vasquez. On special teams, Pro Bowl kicker Matt Prater ranked second in the NFL in scoring (150 points) and first in field goal percentage (.962, 25/26). His only miss of the year was from 52 yards, and he set a new NFL record for the longest field goal ever made (64 yards), breaking a record that had stood for 44 years.
Defensive end Shaun Phillips anchored the Broncos' line with 10 sacks, while linebacker Danny Trevathan racked up 129 combined tackles, three forced fumbles, and three interceptions. Defensive end Malik Jackson was also a key component of the defense with 42 tackles and six sacks, helping compensate for the loss of Von Miller, who had five sacks in nine games before suffering a season-ending injury. Cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Chris Harris Jr. led the secondary with three interceptions each.
Both the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos entered the postseason as the number one seed in their respective conferences, and as such started with first-round byes.
The Seahawks' first playoff game was in the NFC divisional round, a rematch of Monday Night Football from Week 13, playing the New Orleans Saints at home. The Seahawks had a 16-point lead at halftime, but although the Saints were able to halve the deficit in the fourth quarter, they could not close the gap further before a botched play in the final seconds ended the game, with the Seahawks winning 23–15.
The Seahawks then played in the NFC Championship Game at home against the rival San Francisco 49ers; the two teams had each won once against the other during the regular season. Despite entering halftime with a 7-point deficit, the Seahawks took the lead in the fourth quarter thanks largely to Colin Kaepernick losing one fumble and throwing two interceptions. The second interception came in the final seconds of the game when Richard Sherman batted the ball into the arms of Malcolm Smith to seal the 23–17 win and send the Seahawks to their second Super Bowl in franchise history.
The Broncos faced the San Diego Chargers in the AFC divisional round. Although their record-breaking offense was held to an unusually low 24 points, the Broncos still emerged victorious, 24–17, having shut out the Chargers until the fourth quarter.
The AFC Championship Game once again pitted Peyton Manning and his Broncos against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, the 15th matchup between the two veteran quarterbacks. The Broncos won 26–16 on the back of a 400-yard passing performance by Manning, which included two touchdown drives that lasted over seven minutes each, earning the Broncos their first Super Bowl berth since 1998.
As the Broncos were the designated home team in the annual rotation between AFC and NFC teams, they elected to wear their home uniform (orange jerseys with white pants) while the Seahawks wore a mixed uniform (white jerseys with navy-blue pants, representing away and home, respectively). With the loss, the Broncos fell to 0–4 (outscored 167–38) in Super Bowls in which they wore orange jerseys, while with the Seahawks' win, the team wearing white had then won nine of the previous ten Super Bowls.
The Hyatt Regency in Jersey City served as the home for the Broncos during their stay. The team took up 150 of the 351 rooms until the night of January 29 before taking up the entire hotel. The team hosted the press conferences during the week on a cruise ship docked at the pier of the hotel. Meanwhile, the Seahawks took up 120 to 150 of 429-room Westin Hotel, also in Jersey City. The team retrofitted some rooms into training and massage rooms and occupied the pool. The City of Jersey City renamed its main boulevard, Columbus Drive, to Super Bowl Drive to welcome the teams.
The Broncos utilized the New York Jets headquarters, Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, while the Seahawks utilized the New York Giants headquarters, Quest Diagnostics Training Center adjacent to MetLife Stadium.
Super Bowl week
The "Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular" concert was held on January 27 at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, headlined by Daughtry and featuring a fireworks show. Media Day took place on January 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark.
Unlike previous Super Bowl games, the league did not organize its NFL Experience fan attraction. Instead, an outdoor festival known as Super Bowl Boulevard was held along Broadway and Times Square in Manhattan from January 29 to February 1. The event featured various fan-oriented events and attractions, including an artificial toboggan hill. As the area was expected to see around 400,000 people, security was increased in the area. NFL On Location and an NFL Tailgate Party was held at the Meadowlands Sports Complex prior to the game.
Super Bowl XLVIII was televised by Fox in the United States, with Joe Buck calling play-by-play, Troy Aikman as color analyst, and Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews as sideline reporters. Fox planned to use multiple 4K resolution cameras to provide the ability to zoom closer into certain camera angles, and due to the expected possibility of cold weather, special graphics developed by Autodesk to display simulations of wind patterns inside the stadium. Fox constructed an enclosed studio in Times Square for use as part of studio programming on Fox and Fox Sports 1 during the week of the game.
The broadcast attracted 111.5 million viewers, becoming the most-watched event in U.S. television history and surpassing the previous record of 111.3 million viewers who watched Super Bowl XLVI in 2012. Episodes of New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine were the lead-out programs.
For the third consecutive year, a webcast was provided for viewers. Fox streamed its coverage of the game online on PCs and tablets through its new TV Everywhere service Fox Sports Go. Although normally requiring a television subscription to use, Fox made the service available as a free preview for the Super Bowl. Due to contractual restrictions imposed by the NFL's exclusive digital and mobile content deals with Microsoft and Verizon Communications, Fox was unable to offer any additional camera angles or offer streaming on smartphones. Mobile streaming of the game was exclusive to the Verizon Wireless NFL Mobile service.
For the first time in Super Bowl history, a dedicated Spanish language telecast of the game was broadcast in the United States. The broadcast was carried by sister cable network Fox Deportes as part of a larger package of marquee games simulcast from Fox, and featured commentary and surrounding coverage in that language. As with all NFL games, the Spanish play-by-play was also carried via Fox's SAP feed. With 561,000 viewers, the Fox Deportes broadcast was the highest-rated U.S. Spanish-language cable telecast outside of soccer.
Fox set the sales rate for a 30-second advertisement at US$4 million, matching the price set by CBS for Super Bowl XLVII. Fox began selling advertising for the game in May 2013 and announced it had sold out on December 4.
USA Today's Super Bowl Ad Meter named Budweiser's ad "Puppy Love" as the best of the game. Meanwhile, a Coca-Cola spot with people of diverse cultures singing "America the Beautiful" in various languages ignited controversy, with political commentators such as Glenn Beck, Todd Starnes and Allen West condemning the ad for discouraging assimilation, while others considered it a tribute to the idea of the United States as a multicultural society.
Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Lionsgate, Warner Bros., Universal Studios and Walt Disney Studios paid for movie trailers to be aired during the Super Bowl. Following Monsters vs. Aliens' footsteps, Paramount paid for the debut trailers for Transformers: Age of Extinction and Noah, Sony paid for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, RoboCop, The Monuments Men, and Pompeii, Lionsgate paid for Draft Day, Warner Bros. paid for The Lego Movie, Universal paid for Neighbors, and Disney paid for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Need for Speed, and Muppets Most Wanted.
The game was nationally broadcast on Westwood One radio, with Kevin Harlan as play-by-play announcer, Boomer Esiason as color analyst, and James Lofton and Mark Malone as sideline reporters. Jim Gray hosted the network's pregame, halftime, and post-game coverage. Scott Graham, who hosted additional pregame coverage for Westwood One, also served as MetLife Stadium's public address system announcer for the game.
Local market coverage
The flagship stations of each station in the markets of each team carried their local play-by-play calls. In Seattle, KIRO-FM (97.3) and KIRO (710 AM) carried the "Seahawks Bing Radio Network" call with Steve Raible on play-by-play and Warren Moon with color commentary, while in Denver, the Broncos play-by-play from the "Denver Broncos Radio Network" aired on KOA (850 AM) and KRFX (103.5) with the play-by-play of Dave Logan and the color commentary of Ed McCaffrey. The Spanish-language partner of the Broncos, KJMN (92.1)/KMXA (1090) carried the game in that language for the Denver market. Sirius XM Radio carried the Westwood One and local team feeds over satellite radio, along with the call in eight other languages. Outside of those stations, all the other stations in the Seahawks and Broncos radio networks carried the Westwood One call per NFL rules. KOA and KIRO are both clear-channel stations, which allowed listeners throughout most of the western US to hear the portion of the contest which continued past sunset local time.
International radio coverage
Westwood One's coverage was simulcast on TSN Radio in Canada.
In the United Kingdom, Absolute Radio 90s carried the game for the first time, taking over rights from the BBC, who carried the contest for several years prior. The in-house Absolute Radio broadcast featured Darren Fletcher on color commentary (the same capacity in which he served with the BBC), Rocky Boiman with additional contributions and Will Gavin on play-by-play.
The social network Twitter estimated that Super Bowl XLVIII generated 24.9 million posts ("tweets") on the service (surpassing last year's total of 24.1), peaking at 381,605 tweets per-minute following Percy Harvin's kickoff return at the start of the second half (surpassing the 231,500 per-minute peak the previous year during the blackout). 57% of the ads broadcast during the game promoted an associated hashtag, up from 50% in 2013.
The pregame show began with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Marching Band and Syracuse University Marching Band. Queen Latifah, joined by the New Jersey Youth Chorus, sang "America the Beautiful". "The Star-Spangled Banner" was then sung by Renée Fleming, the first, (and, so far, only), opera singer ever to do so at a Super Bowl. A V-shaped formation of three United States Army Black Hawks, three Apache attack helicopters and three Chinook heavy-lifters did a military flyover timed with the last note of the song.
On September 8, 2013, the league announced that Bruno Mars would perform at halftime. On January 10, 2014, it was announced that Red Hot Chili Peppers would be joining Mars as halftime show performers. The show opened with a children's choir singing a chorus from "Billionaire." Afterward, Mars appeared, playing a drum solo. Mars then performed the songs "Locked Out of Heaven", "Treasure", "Runaway Baby", "Give It Away" (with Red Hot Chili Peppers) and "Just the Way You Are" as a tribute to the United States Armed Forces. The halftime performance was the most watched in the history of the Super Bowl drawing in a record 115.3 million viewers, passing the record 114 million who watched Madonna perform two years earlier. It was later revealed that the music was pre-recorded. Red Hot Chili Pepper's drummer, Chad Smith responded on Twitter by saying "FYI... Every band in the last 10 years at the Super Bowl has performed to a previously recorded track. It's the NFL's policy."
Planners initially indicated there would not be a halftime show at all due to the possibility of poor weather conditions. One such logistical problem would be assembling and disassembling the halftime show stage during a blizzard. But the league went ahead after all. According to Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com, the NFL wanted to avoid a repeat of Super Bowl XXVI when Fox counter-programmed a special live episode of In Living Color. Fox had not yet become a television partner with the NFL and saw an opportunity to pull young audiences away from a halftime show that lacked big-name performers. As a result of Fox's ratings success, the league tapped Michael Jackson to perform during the following season's Super Bowl XXVII, and since then the league has continued to book big-name talent to hold the television audience.
Touchdown Entertainment, the company that produced the event, incorporated the live audience into the show and transformed the crowd into "the largest ever LED screen". During the show, spectators put on a black knitted hat called a "video ski hat" with 3 embedded LEDs that lit up on command. The hats transformed the audience into an enormous human video screen made up of over 80,000 pixels. Images including the Pepsi logo flashed across the crowd, as well as video of the live Red Hot Chili Peppers performance and fireworks display. Thanks to this technology, each spectator was integrated to the show, and the Super Bowl Halftime laid claim to the largest-ever human video screen. The company that invented and provided the crowd activation technology is the Montreal-based company PixMob.
On Denver's first play after receiving the opening kickoff, center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball while quarterback Peyton Manning was shifting forward (from shotgun formation) in the process of calling an audible, resulting in the ball going past Manning into the end zone. Running back Knowshon Moreno recovered the ball to prevent a Seahawks touchdown, but he was downed for a safety to give the Seahawks a 2–0 lead. Seattle's score just 12 seconds into the game was the quickest to start a game in Super Bowl history, surpassing the kickoff return by Devin Hester to start Super Bowl XLI seven years earlier. Following the free kick, receiver Percy Harvin gained 30 yards on an end around run to set up Steven Hauschka's 31-yard field goal, making the score 5–0. Denver was forced to a three-and-out on their next drive, and after the Denver punt, Russell Wilson completed a 37-yard pass to Doug Baldwin, leading to another Hauschka field goal, this one from 33 yards, that increased the lead to 8–0. On the third play of Denver's ensuing possession, Manning was intercepted by Kam Chancellor, giving Seattle a first down on the Denver 37.
Aided by a 15-yard run from Harvin on the first play, Seattle quickly got the ball into the red zone. The Broncos defense eventually managed to force an incomplete pass on third down, but defensive back Tony Carter was flagged for pass interference in the end zone, giving Seattle a first down at the one-yard line. One play later, running back Marshawn Lynch crashed into the end zone, hitting the line so effectively that he ended the play on his feet, scoring a 1-yard touchdown run that made the score 15–0 three minutes into the second quarter.
At this point, the Broncos offense finally managed to get moving, picking up a first down for the first time in the game at 10:37 and moving the ball to the Seattle 35-yard line. But on third-and-13, Manning was hit by Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril as he tried to throw a pass to Moreno, causing a high short floater that was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith and returned 69 yards for a touchdown. After Seattle's kickoff, Denver mounted a drive to the Seahawks' 19-yard line, aided by Demaryius Thomas's 19-yard reception on third-and-5. With just over a minute left in the half, Denver faced fourth-and-2. Rather than kick a field goal, they tried to pick up a first down, but Manning's pass was incomplete and the score would remain 22–0 at the end of the half. The 22-point deficit was the largest faced by the Broncos all season. It was also the third-largest halftime deficit in Super Bowl history, and the previous two were also against the Broncos – the Redskins led the Broncos 35–10 in Super Bowl XXII and the 49ers led the Broncos 27–3 in Super Bowl XXIV.
In order to avoid a big kickoff return, Matt Prater kicked the second half kickoff short, hitting the ground at the Seattle 12-yard line. But it did not stop Harvin from picking the ball out of the air and taking off for an 87-yard touchdown return that increased Seattle's lead to 29–0. The touchdown took place 12 seconds into the second half, exactly the same amount of time that the Seahawks took to score the safety in the first half. It was also the first time that consecutive Super Bowls had kickoff returns for touchdowns (Jacoby Jones' return in Super Bowl XLVII being the previous one, which was also the second half opening kickoff). After an exchange of punts, Eric Decker gave Denver good field position with a 9-yard return to the Denver 45. Two plays later, Manning completed a 23-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas, but cornerback Byron Maxwell knocked the ball out of his hands and Malcolm Smith recovered it, returning the ball seven yards. An unnecessary roughness penalty against Denver added 15 more yards onto the end of the play, giving Seattle the ball at the Denver 42-yard line. Two plays later, Russell Wilson hit tight end Luke Willson for a 12-yard completion on third-and-7 and later completed a 19-yard pass to Ricardo Lockette. On the next play, he threw a short pass to Jermaine Kearse, who broke four tackles as he took off for a 23-yard touchdown reception bringing the score to 36–0.
Denver finally managed to respond on their next drive, advancing the ball 80 yards as Manning completed six consecutive passes, including a 22-yard completion to Wes Welker, and finishing the drive with a 14-yard touchdown toss to Demaryius Thomas on the last play of the third quarter. Then Welker caught a pass for a successful two-point conversion, cutting the score to 36–8.
However, any momentum Denver might have gained was quickly snuffed out as Seattle tight end Zach Miller recovered Prater's onside kick attempt on his own 48-yard line. He also caught a 10-yard reception as the Seahawks subsequently drove 52 yards, featuring a 24-yard reception by Kearse, and scoring on Wilson's 10-yard touchdown pass to Baldwin, increasing their lead to 43–8. There were more than 11 minutes left in the game, but this would be the final score, as Denver's last three drives would result in a turnover on downs, a Manning fumble that was forced and recovered by Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons (the only sack of the game for either team), and time expiring in the game.
Game statistics and notes
Wilson finished the game 18/25 for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Baldwin was his top receiver with five catches for 66 yards and a score, while Kearse added four catches for 65 and a touchdown. In addition to his 87-yard kickoff return touchdown, Harvin was Seattle's leading rusher with 45 yards, even though he only carried the ball twice. Chancellor had nine tackles and an interception. Manning completed 34/49 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions. His top target was Demaryius Thomas, who caught 13 passes (a Super Bowl record) for 118 yards and a touchdown. Welker added eight receptions for 84 yards. Linebacker Danny Trevathan had 12 tackles. Moreno was Denver's leading rusher, but with just 17 yards. Overall, Denver's record setting offense gained only 306 yards, with just 27 yards on the ground.
Seahawks' LB Malcolm Smith was named the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. Denver fell to 2–5 in Super Bowls, while five-time league MVP Manning dropped to 11–12 in the playoffs, and 1–2 in the Super Bowl. Including Denver's loss, none of the eight highest-scoring teams in league history won a Super Bowl in the same season, and all four teams who entered the championship with the league's leading passer lost the game. Manning's 34 completions and Demaryius Thomas' 13 receptions were both Super Bowl records.
With touchdowns scored on offense, defense, and special teams, the Seahawks became the first team since the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV to do so. Teams with an interception return for a touchdown also stayed perfect, improving to 12–0 in Super Bowls. As a result of scoring their safety 12 seconds into the game and subsequently never relinquishing the lead for the rest of the game, the Seahawks set a Super Bowl record for holding a lead continuously for the longest time (59:48). Denver became only the second team in the past 30 years to score fewer than 10 points during the course of the game.
|Statistic||Seattle Seahawks||Denver Broncos|
|First downs rushing||6||2|
|First downs passing||10||13|
|First downs penalty||1||3|
|Third down efficiency||7/12||6/13|
|Fourth down efficiency||0/2||0/3|
|Total net yards||341||306|
|Net yards rushing||135||27|
|Yards per rush||4.7||1.9|
|Net yards passing||206||279|
|Passing – completions/attempts||18/26||34/49|
|Times sacked-total yards||0–0||1–1|
|Punt returns-total yards||0–0||1–9|
|Kickoff returns-total yards||2–107||5–105|
|Interceptions-total return yards||2–71||0–0|
|Time of possession||31:53||28:07|
|Records set |
|Fastest score to open game||12 seconds||Seattle, safety|
|Most receptions, game||13||Demaryius Thomas (Denver)|
|Most pass completions, game||34||Peyton Manning (Denver)|
|Most losses, team||5||Denver|
|Largest halftime lead with a shutout||22–0||Seattle|
|Most safeties, game||1||Cliff Avril (Seattle)|
|Most touchdowns, kickoff returns, game||1||Percy Harvin (Seattle)|
|Most 2-point conversions, game||1||Wes Welker (Denver)|
|Fewest punts, team, game||1||Seattle|
|Fewest rushing touchdowns, team, game||0||Denver|
|Fewest fumbles, team, game||0||Seattle|
|C. J. Anderson||2||9||0||6||4.50|
|C. J. Anderson||1||14||0||14||1|
1Completions/attempts 2Carries 3Long gain 4Receptions 5Times targeted
Starting lineupsHall of Fame‡
|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‡|
|Kam Chancellor||SS||Duke Ihenacho|
|Earl Thomas||FS||Mike Adams|
Mass Transit Super Bowl
Organizers dubbed Super Bowl XLVIII the "Mass Transit Super Bowl", emphasizing and encouraging game attendees and other visitors to use public transportation to get to the game and other festivities throughout the region. The host committee in conjunction with other metropolitan transit agencies, such New Jersey Transit, the lead agency, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Metropolitan Transportation Authority developed special services, fares, schedules and maps to promote the use of metro area's trains, subways, light-rail, and buses during Super Bowl Week. However, the plan was considered a failure by fans and writers who attended the game due to poor execution and overcrowding. As of September 2018[update], the diagram is still updated online.
Security and safety
The Super Bowl was considered a level one national security event. To that end, the New Jersey State Police and the NFL host committee installed a 2.5-mile chain-link perimeter fence around the Meadowlands Sports Complex, which is located at the intersection of a number of highways. Security planners stated that access to the area would be strictly limited and regulated. To that end, parking spaces were greatly reduced, tailgate parties restricted and walking to the venue strictly prohibited. Taxis and limousines were not permitted to drop off passengers. Passengers for trains to the stadium were limited in what they carry and were screened before boarding.
The area was patrolled on land, by air, and by water since it is surrounded by wetlands. More than 3,000 security guards and 700 police officers were on duty on game day. In addition, SWAT teams and snipers were located throughout the stadium. There was a no-fly zone and fighter jets patrolled the region. The security effort was overseen by a joint operations center a few miles away from MetLife Stadium, which was staffed by hundreds of people from 35 different agencies ranging from the CIA to the New Jersey Transit Police.
In February 2013, controversy arose with mayors of five local municipalities saying they would not provide emergency services, stating they have been poorly compensated for past stadium events. One of the mayors, William J. Roseman of Carlstadt, New Jersey, stated: "The teams don't care about budget caps and what the impacts are on the taxpayers of Carlstadt. I had to cut back my police department budget by a total of a million dollars over the last several years. While we are forced to lay off police officers, the owners of the Jets and Giants are filling their pockets at taxpayers’ expense."
In a postgame news conference, Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith was being asked questions when suddenly a man jumped onto the podium, grabbed the microphone, and said "Investigate 9/11. 9/11 was perpetrated by people within our own government." Smith did not react hastily but was rather confused and continued on with answering questions from the media. The man quickly walked away but security closed in and he was arrested for trespassing.
- Referee – Terry McAulay (77)
- Umpire – Carl Paganelli (124)
- Head Linesman – Jim Mello (48)
- Line Judge – Tom Symonette (100)
- Field Judge – Scott Steenson (88)
- Side Judge – Dave Wyant (16)
- Back Judge – Steve Freeman (133)
- Replay Official – Earnie Frantz
- Replay Assistant - Brian Matoren
- Alternate Referee - Clete Blakeman (34)
- Alternate Umpire - Paul King (121)
- Alternate Wing - Greg Bradley (98)
- Alternate Deep - James Coleman (95)
- Alternate Back Judge - Terrence Miles (111)
- Patra, Kevin (February 2, 2014). "Seahawks' Malcolm Smith wins Super Bowl XLVIII MVP". National Football League. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- 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.
- Brinson, Will (January 15, 2014). "NFL names Terry McAulay referee for Super Bowl XLVIII". CBS Sports. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
- "Super Bowl Winners". National Football League. Archived from the original on January 1, 2016. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
- Jorgensen, Jack (February 2, 2014). "Super Bowl 48: Official attendance announced as 82, 529". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- "Renee Fleming to sing National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII". National Football League. January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
- "Super Bowl 48 Local Ratings: Seattle Up, Denver Down, K.C. Leads". Sports Media Watch. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- "Super Bowl XLVIII most-watched TV program in U.S. history". National Football League. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- Horovitz, Bruce (September 3, 2013). "Super Bowl ad fever hits early this year". USA Today. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
- Young, Kenley (February 2, 2014). "So just how bad was this Super Bowl rout, historically?". Fox Sports. Archived from the original on February 4, 2014.
- "mcubed.net : NFL : Super bowl scores sorted by margin of victory". mcubed.net. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
- "Super Bowl XLVIII – Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos – 2013 NFL Playoffs". ESPN. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- "Owners warm up to New York/New Jersey as Super Bowl XLVIII host". National Football League. Associated Press. May 26, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
It's the first time the league has gone to a cold-weather site that doesn't have a dome ... the NFL will wait and see how this foray into the great outdoors in winter goes. Then the league might OK another bid
- "Top stats to know: Super Bowl matchup". ESPN. January 19, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
- "SB XLVIII storylines start with Manning". ESPN. January 19, 2014. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
Who's No. 1? In Super Bowl XLVIII, aces are wild. The Denver Broncos had the No. 1 offense in the regular season. The Seattle Seahawks had the No. 1 defense.
- Acee, Kevin (February 2, 2014). "Manning no match for swarming Seahawks". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on February 4, 2014.
- Patra, Kevin (February 2, 2015). "Super Bowl XLIX is most-watched show in U.S. history". National Football League. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
- Soshnick, Scott (February 3, 2014). "Despite rout, Super Bowl sets TV ratings record -Fox". Reuters. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- SUPER: New Stadium Can Bid for 2014 Game Archived November 1, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Newyorkjets.com (December 17, 2009). Retrieved January 15, 2011.
- Holder, Stephen F. (March 23, 2010). "Tampa has inside track to land 2014 Super Bowl". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
- Biggame, Brian (March 22, 2010). "Miami Dolphins will bid for 2014 Super Bowl, but chances are slim without stadium improvements". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
- "First Take Debates NY Super Bowl". ESPN. March 24, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
- Stirling, Stephen (February 2, 2014). "Super Bowl 2014 weather: With 49 degree kickoff temperature, only the third coldest ever played". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
- Melisurgo, Len (February 3, 2014). "Snow totals across New Jersey: Feb. 3 storm". NJ.com. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
- "February Daily Averages for East Rutherford, New Jersey". The Weather Channel. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
- "Super Bowl Game-Time Temperatures". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
- "NOWData – NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
- "2014 Super Bowl will be testing ground". ESPN. May 30, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
- Soshnick, Scott (February 4, 2013). "New York-New Jersey Super Bowl Sharing Brings Political Griping". Bloomberg. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
- Weatherbee, Caleb. "The 'Days of Shivery' are Back! Read Our 2014 Forecast!". Farmers' Almanac. Almanac Publishing Company. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
- Belson, Ken. "Almanacs Foresee a Super Bowl to Test Fans' Resolve, and Snow Gear". The New York Times. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
- Reilly, Rick. "A New Jersey Snow Bowl". ESPN. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
- "Bradshaw blasts New Jersey Super Bowl". ProFootballTalk.com. December 11, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
- "Richard Sherman: The Cold Truth". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 21, 2013.
- "Sun Life Stadium 'Absolutely' Needs A Roof: Commissioner Pepe Diaz".
- Dopp, Terrence (December 18, 2013). "NFL Makes Contingency Plans for Super Bowl 2014 Blizzard". USA Today. Retrieved December 19, 2013.
- "Less than frigid Super Bowl means hot ticket market". USA Today. February 1, 2014. Retrieved February 2, 2014.
- "Winter storm hits NYC area hours after Super Bowl". New York Daily News. February 3, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
- "Winter-Weary Tri-State Endures More Snow". Storm Team 4, NBC New York. February 3, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
- "Super Bowl Marijuana Recipes For The Weed Bowl: Denver vs. Seattle". Huffington Post. January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- First Bong Bowl? Matchup highlights NFL's pot stance USA Today (January 20, 2014)
- Creegan, Mike (January 17, 2014). "Denver, Seattle rooting for Marijuana Bowl?". Fox Sports. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- 48 reasons we can’t wait for Super Bowl XLVIII Sporting News (January 20, 2014)
- "2013 Seattle Seahawks Statistics". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
- Fox, Ashley (February 3, 2014). "Super Bowl blowout a pity for Peyton". ESPN. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014.
- "Statistics". National Football League. 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- "2013 Denver Broncos Statistics". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
- Drovetto, Tony (January 21, 2014). "Seahawks to wear white jerseys, blue pants in Super Bowl XLVIII". Seahawks.com. NFL Enterprises. Archived from the original on October 23, 2014. Retrieved September 17, 2015.
- Zaas, Stuart (January 20, 2014). "Broncos Choose Super Bowl Jersey Color". DenverBroncos.com. NFL Enterprises. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
- Vorkunov, Mike (January 26, 2014). "Super Bowl 2014: Jersey City welcomes Super Bowl week after months of preparation and with eyes upon it". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
- Stanley, Deb (January 22, 2014). "Denver Broncos Super Bowl interviews to be on cruise ship, Cornucopia Majesty". ABC 7 News, Denver. Archived from the original on January 26, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
- Barrojan, James (January 23, 2014). "Much Transformed, Jersey City Is Ready to House Super Bowl Teams". The New York Times. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
- Smith, Molly (January 24, 2014). "Jersey City to give Broncos, Seahawks a champion's welcome Sunday". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
- "Super Bowl Week To Kick Off With Daughtry Concert, Macy's Fireworks Show". CBS New York. January 16, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
- Kuperinsky, Amy (January 16, 2014). "Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular lands at Liberty State Park". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- "Media Day Fueled by Gatorade". National Football League. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
- "New Jersey takes backseat in Super Bowl XLVIII billing". USA Today. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
- "Super Bowl 2014 fan guide: NFL 'Boulevard' on Broadway". NJ.com. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
- Jeff Briggs (February 13, 2013). "2014 Super Bowl will not have NFL Experience in New York". SB Nation. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
- Celona, Larry. "NYPD plans high security on Super Bowl Boulevard". New York Post. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
- Sherman, Ted (January 5, 2014). "Super Bowl 2014 preparations: Big makeover, tight security for MetLife Stadium". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
- "NFL on FOX to broadcast '14 Super Bowl". Fox Sports. May 27, 2010. Retrieved October 8, 2010.
- "SBJ: New York Super Bowl won't catch NFL out in the cold". Sporting News. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
FOX Sports, which holds the rights to [Super Bowl XLVIII] ... has identified the New York Super Bowl as a big opportunity to build the Fox Sports 1 brand and is planning to carry several New York-based events in the run-up to the game
- "NFL on FOX releases 2013 schedule". Fox Sports. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- Winslow, George. "The Tech Behind Super Bowl XLVIII". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
- Smith, Mark R. "Fox Sports Preps for Super Bowl XLVIII". TV Technology. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
- "Super Bowl draws 111.5M viewers," from AP/ESPN, March 2, 2014
- Porter, Rick (May 13, 2013). "'New Girl' will air after the Super Bowl in 2014". zap2it. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
- Levin, Gary (October 18, 2013). "Brooklyn Nine-Nine' gets post-Super Bowl slot". USA Today. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
- "No alternate camera angles for Fox Sports' Super Bowl live stream". Sports Business Journal. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
- "NFL, FOX Deportes announce historic broadcast partnership". National Football League. November 27, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
- "Super Bowl Blowout Draws Record TV Audience to Fox". Bloomberg. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
- "Bob Papa and Charles Davis to Call Super Bowl XLVIII World Feed". Fang's Bites. January 31, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- Sandomir, Richard (February 3, 2014). "'The Big Picture,' in Any Language". The New York Times. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- Smith, Aaron (December 4, 2013). Fox Sports sells out Super Bowl ads. CNNMoney. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
- Sacks, Ethan (February 3, 2014). "Coca-Cola's 'America the Beautiful' Super Bowl commercial angers conservative pundits". Daily News. New York. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- Hutchison, David (January 28, 2014). "Transformers 4, Captain America trailers confirmed for Super Bowl". Digital Spy. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- Sacks, Ethan (January 30, 2014). "'Noah' Super Bowl trailer featuring Russell Crowe as the Biblical hero creates deluge of interest ahead of telecast". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- Wigler, Josh (January 31, 2014). "'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Super Bowl Spot: Here's An Early Look". MTV. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- Bodey, Michael (February 3, 2014). "NFL eyeing Australian touchdown in global expansion". The Australian. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- "Die meistgestellten NFL Fragen – PULS 4 SPORT". Sport.puls4.com. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
- "NFL" (in Finnish). Nelonenpro.fi. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- Le Super Bowl encore 3 ans sur W9 En pleine lucarne, August 7, 2012. Retrieved October 27, 2013
- La NFL jusqu'en 2015 sur beIN SPORT ! Sport TV, April 24, 2006. Retrieved December 29, 2013
- "FOX Greece". Retrieved January 26, 2014.
- "FOX Sports". Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- "Super Bowl 2014" (in Norwegian Bokmål). Viasat 4. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
- "TV-guide for direktesendinger på Viasat Sportskanaler" (in Norwegian Bokmål). Viasat.no. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
- "Här är spelarna som kan ta sitt lag till Super Bowl" (in Swedish). TV10 Sweden. Archived from the original on January 5, 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
- "Super Bowl head-to-heads – the five key battles". Channel 4. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
- "Fixtures & Results – 2013 – Post Season". skysports.com. BSkyB. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
- "Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII (@NY/NJ)" (Press release). Westwood One. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
- "Catch Super Bowl XLVIII on the radio this Sunday". Radio Survivor. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
- "NFL on Absolute Radio 90s". Absolute Radio. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
- "Super Bowl sets Twitter records". CNN.com. February 3, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
- Heyboer, Kelly (February 1, 2013). "Super Bowl 2014: Rutgers marching band rehearses NJ-themed pregame show". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
- "Choir members to sing at Super Bowl". north jersey.com. January 30, 2014. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- Rybolt, Barabara (January 30, 2014). "Super Bowl 2014: New Jersey Youth Chorus to sing with Queen Latifah during big game". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- "Renee Fleming to sing National Anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII". National Football League. January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
- "Opera star Renee Fleming to sing national anthem at Super Bowl". CBS Sports. January 21, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
- Patterson, Thom (January 31, 2014). "Super Bowl flyover: Secrets of split-second timing". CNN. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
- "Bruno Mars to play Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show". National Football League. September 8, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
- "Red Hot Chili Peppers Joining Bruno Mars' Super Bowl Halftime Show". The Hollywood Reporter. January 10, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- "Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform at Super Bowl halftime show". National Football League. January 11, 2014. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
- Flea Explains Why Red Hot Chili Peppers Were Unplugged at the Super Bowl – DC 101, February 4, 2014
- "Chad Smith on Twitter". Twitter.
- "Super Bowl halftime show may be cancelled for 2014". The Washington Times. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
- "Next year's NY-NJ Super Bowl could be too cold for halftime musical act". New York Post. February 4, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
- Katzowitz, Josh (February 5, 2013). "NFL denies report that cold will freeze out Super Bowl halftime show". CBSSports.com. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
- Florio, Mike (February 5, 2013). "If NFL doesn't put on a halftime show, someone else will". ProFootballTalk.com. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
- "How Michael Jackson Saved The Super Bowl". Forbes. February 3, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
- Fleming, Kirsten (January 30, 2014). "Why this year's halftime show will be first of its kind". New York Post. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
- Wright, Lisa (February 2, 2014). "Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show lit up courtesy of Canadian tuques". Toronto Star. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- Sokol, Zach (February 3, 2014). "Watch The Super Bowl Audience Become The Largest Human Light Canvas Ever". Vice Media. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- Sokol, Zach (March 21, 2014). "PixMob: Turning Crowds Into Light Canvases". Vice Media. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
- "Seahawks 'legion of boom' defense leads team to 43-8 victory over Denver Broncos to win first-ever Super Bowl title". Daily Mail. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- "Flying high: Seahawks dominate Broncos in SB XLVIII rout". ESPN. Associated Press. February 2, 2014. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014.
- "Seattle Seahawks thrash Denver Broncos 43–8 to win 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium". The Daily Telegraph. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- "Seattle Seahawks defense dominates in Super Bowl win over Denver Broncos". The Washington Post. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- "Malcolm Smith is MVP as Seattle dismantle Denver". The Guardian. UK. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- "Seahawks beat Broncos 43–8 in Super Bowl". The New York Times. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- "Seattle Seahawks wins Super Bowl for first time in its history". CNN. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- "Seahawks shackle Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII blowout". USA Today. February 3, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- "At long last, the Lombardi Trophy is coming to Seattle". The Seattle Times. February 3, 2014. Archived from the original on February 5, 2014. Retrieved February 4, 2014.
- "Records set/tied in Super Bowl XLVIII". Fox Sports. February 2, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
- "Super Bowl XLVIII–National Football League Game Summary" (PDF). National Football League. February 2, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- "NJT Mass Transit Super Bowl". New Jersey Transit. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- "Meadowlands Sports Complex Rail Line". New Jersey Transit. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- "MTA Neighborhood Maps: Regional Diagram" (PDF). mta.info. Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
- Flegenheimer, Matt. "'Mass-Transit Super Bowl' Hits Some Rough Patches in Moving Fans". New York Times. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
- Berman, Taylor. "Pictures From the Great Super Bowl Transport Nightmare". Gizmodo. Archived from the original on May 7, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
- Star-Ledger Editorial Board. "NJ Transit's Super Bowl blunder calls for a closer look: Editorial". NJ.com. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
- Sudol, Karen (January 26, 2014). "Plan for Super Bowl safety covers stadium, entire region". NorthJersey.com. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
- Frassinelli, Mike (December 1, 2013). "In a Super Bowl of many firsts, Jersey hosting 'first mass transit Super Bowl'". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- "Super Bowl XLVIII Access Map" (PDF). National Football League. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
- Conboy, Sean (January 28, 2014). "You Can't Walk to the Super Bowl Because You Are the NFL's Personal ATM". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 28, 2014.
- Zezima, Katie (January 31, 2014). "TSA Screening Set at Rail Station for Super Bowl". Associated Press.
- Rossen, Jim; Winter, Tom; Patel, Avni (January 1, 2014). "Super Bowl security net cast wide to protect game and related events". NBC News. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
- "Super Bowl Snipers". My9 New Jersey. January 29, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- Boyle, Louis (January 31, 2014). "Super Bowl on lockdown: Fighter jets set to patrol the skies with snipers stationed inside New Jersey stadium". Daily Mail. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
- "Super Bowl XLVIII security: Inside the event's secret command center". CBS News. January 28, 2014. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- "Super Bowl XLVIII to produce a historic law enforcement presence". Pix 11. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- "Meadowlands mayors refuse to offer police, other services for Super Bowl 2014". Hudson Reporter. February 14, 2013.
- Copley, Michael (February 9, 2013). "Mayors resisting Super Bowl cost". NorthJersey.com.
- Florio, Mike (February 12, 2013). "Secaucus, Carlstadt mayors threaten to withhold emergency services during Super Bowl". NBC Sports.
- "MVP Malcolm Smith Interrupted By Man Calling For 9/11 Probe". CBS New York. February 2, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- Creegan, Nick (February 3, 2014). "9/11 conspiracy theorist interrupts Malcolm Smith's Super Bowl press conference". Fox Sports. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- Perez, AJ (February 3, 2014). "Super Bowl 2014: 9/11 truther arrested after interrupting Malcolm Smith news conference". NJ True Jersey. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- Cash, Rana (February 2, 2014). "Man interrupts MVP Malcolm Smith's Super Bowl interview with odd 9/11 conspiracy claim". Sporting News. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- "Super Bowl XLVIII Officials Named" (PDF). National Football League. January 15, 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Super Bowl XLVIII.|