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Broncos vs. Seahawks live blog: Analysis of the 2014 Super Bowl, commercials and halftime show

Live coverage of the 2014 Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLVIII, for those who enjoy Roman numerals). Game analysis, all of the ads and everything you might want to know about the big game.

9/11 truther interrupts Malcolm Smith press conference

Malcolm Smith’s postgame press conference was briefly interrupted by a man who stepped to the podium and said, “9/11 was perpetrated by our own government.”

He was quickly ushered off the podium, but it was a rather shocking security lapse. Smith initially looked stunned, then recovered and said, “Somebody check his press pass.”

The man’s identity was not immediately know, although it wasn’t Pete Carroll, whose own 9/11 beliefs were the subject of a Deadspin story last spring.

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Train problems return as fans leave MetLife

Fans watch the field after the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks won 43-8. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Now, they all have to go home. (Charlie Riedel / AP)

There was massive congestion as fans rode trains to the game and, when the Super Bowl was over, the congestion was back.

In fact, New Jersey State Police and MetLife Stadium officials were urging fans to stay for a while rather than head for the NJ Transit train ride to Secaucus Junction.

Richard Sherman says his ankle is "sprained pretty bad"

(Shannon Stapleton / Reuters)

(Shannon Stapleton / Reuters)

Richard Sherman left MetLife Stadium on crutches and in a walking boot after injuring his ankle in the Seattle Seahawks’ victory over Denver.

“I caught a bad play on a screen play,” he said on the NFL Network after the game. “I got twisted up, my ankle got sprained pretty bad. I tried to take some pills and go out there and keep playing. They ran a curl route and I gave it my all. I put my foot in the ground knowing it was going to hurt and it popped again. I was able to make the play and help my team. I knew we had the guys to step in when I stepped out, but I didn’t want to let my teammates down.”

The team announced that Sherman has a high ankle sprain and that X-rays were negative.

Marshawn Lynch on the second best day of his life

Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson celebrates with Marshawn Lynch and Walter Thurmond during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J.  The Seahawks won 43-8. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Marshawn Lynch (left), Russell Wilson and Walter Thurmond celebrate in the second half. (Charlie Riedel / AP)

Marshawn Lynch, a running back of few words, was asked if winning the Super Bowl was the greatest day of his life.

“Next to being born.”

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Malcolm Smith named MVP

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02:  MVP Malcolm Smith #53 of the Seattle Seahawks talks with Michael Strahan of Fox Sports as he celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after their 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Malcolm Smith wins the MVP award and the truck that goes with it. (Jeff Gross / Getty Images)

The Seattle Seahawks might not have made it to the Super Bowl if Malcolm Smith hadn’t caught the pass tipped by Richard Sherman in the NFC championship game and he followed that up with a pick-six of Peyton Manning on Sunday night.

One a night when all the Seahawks played well, Smith was just a little better and the linebacker was named the game’s MVP.

“No way,” Smith said, when Michael Strahan asked him if he had any idea what lay before him in Super Bowl XLVIII. “It felt good, though. I woke up, jumping, bouncing and it turned out great for us tonight.”

Pete Carroll: "This is an amazing team."

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02:  Tight end Zach Miller #86 and quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks dump Gatorade on head coach Pete Carroll in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Seattle Seahawks won 43-8.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Mmmmmm…Gatorade. (Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

Pete Carroll grabbed hold of the Vince Lombardi Trophy and promised to take it back to the “12th man,” Seattle’s fans.

But first, he talked about the road to the championship.

“This is an amazing team. These guys started a long time ago. It took four years to get to this point. They’ve never taken a step sideways or backwards from going forward. … I’m so proud to be part of them, all the work that [General Manager] John [Schneider] has done to put this team together. These guys right here would not take anything but a win in this ballgame.”

Russell Wilson: "We wanted to win it all. That was our mentality."

Russell Wilson described the Seahawks’ season-long mentality and focus in a postgame interview.

“It’s a true blessing. God is so good. We believed that we would get here. At the beginning of the season I told the guys, ‘Why not us?’ We believed that we could get here. We have the talent, we have the coaching staff, we have the best fans in the National Football League,” he told Pam Oliver. “We wanted to win it all. … That was our mentality throughout the whole thing. We continued to grow, we continued to fight together. We have great teammates, man. I couldn’t have done it without all the guys.”

The influence of his late father led Wilson to this moment — and away from playing baseball for a living (as Kent Babb wrote).

“He used to always tell me, ‘Russ, why not you?’ What that kind of meant was ‘believe in yourself, believe in the talent God’s given you…you can go a long ways.’ That’s why I decided to play football and to go against the odds a little bit.”

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Super Bowl XLVIII final stats: Seahawks win 43-8

Well that was a dumpster fire of a Super Bowl, so here are the final stat leaders. The Broncos have now lost more Super Bowls than any team in history, while the Seattle Seahawks just got their first.

PASSING 

Russell Wilson: 18 for 25, 206 yards, 2 touchdowns

Peyton Manning: 34 for 49, 280 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs

RUSHING

Percy Harvin: 2 rushes, 45 yards

Knowshon Moreno: 5 rushes, 17 yards

RECEIVING 

Doug Baldwin: 5 catches, 66 yards, 1 TD

Demaryius Thomas: 13 catches, 118 yards, 1 TD

AWW LOOK AT THAT PUPPY

Budweiser’s tale of interspecies friendship was already one of the most popular commercials days before it even aired. It even has a parody version!

Jersey choice matters

Tarvaris Jackson replaces Russell Wilson

There are three minutes left and the Seattle Seahawks are up 43-8 so that means it’s time for Tarvaris Jackson, backup quarterback and human victory cigar, to appear and run out the clock.

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Peyton Manning turns it over...again

Chris Clemons swipes at Peyton Manning as he throws and forces the fumble. Seattle defense for MVP?

It's okay guys, JCPenney was "tweeting with mittens"

Yeah, sure…

Yogurt brings "Full House" castmates back together

Jaguar goes bad

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Team 1 2 3 4 Total
SEA 8 14 14 7 43
DEN 0 0 8 0 8
Recent updates
0:40 C.J. Anderson rush to the middle for 6 yards to the Den47. Tackled by Malcolm Smith.
1:19 C.J. Anderson rush to the left for 3 yards to the Den41. Tackled by Brandon Mebane and Malcolm Smith.
1:59 Peyton Manning pass to the right to C.J. Anderson for 14 yards to the Den38. Tackled by Bruce Irvin and Heath Farwell.
Stat leaders
Seattle
Passing
R. Wilson
206 yards, 2 TD
Rushing
P. Harvin
2 rush, 45 yards
Receiving
D. Baldwin
5 rec, 66 yards, 1 TD
Denver
Passing
P. Manning
280 yards, 1 TD
Rushing
K. Moreno
5 rush, 17 yards
Receiving
D. Thomas
13 rec, 118 yards, 1 TD
Scoring summary
1st quarter DEN SEA
Seahawks Safety, 14:48 Cliff Avril safety 0 2
Seahawks Field Goal Attempt, 10:21 Steven Hauschka 31 yd FG 0 5
Seahawks Field Goal Attempt, 2:16 Steven Hauschka 33 yd FG 0 8
2nd quarter DEN SEA
Seahawks Rushing TD, 12:00 Marshawn Lynch 1 yd run (Steven Hauschka kick) 0 15
Seahawks Interception TD, 3:21 Malcolm Smith 69 yd interception return (Steven Hauschka kick) 0 22
3rd quarter DEN SEA
Seahawks Kick Return TD, 14:48 Percy Harvin 87 yd kick return (Steven Hauschka kick) 0 29
Seahawks Passing TD, 2:58 Jermaine Kearse 23 yd pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka kick) 0 36
Broncos Passing TD, 0:00 Demaryius Thomas 14 yd pass from Peyton Manning (Wes Welker 2pt Pass from Peyton Manning) 8 36
4th quarter DEN SEA
Seahawks Passing TD, 11:45 Doug Baldwin 10 yd pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka kick) 8 43
Seahawks
Broncos
Player stats
Passing: C A Yds TD INT
R. Wilson 18 25 206 2 0
T. Jackson 0 1 0 0 0
Rushing: Car Yds TD LG
P. Harvin 2 45 0 30
M. Lynch 15 39 1 18
R. Wilson 3 26 0 16
R. Turbin 9 25 0 6
Receiving: Rec Yds TD LG
D. Baldwin 5 66 1 37
J. Kearse 4 65 1 24
G. Tate 3 17 0 9
L. Willson 2 17 0 12
R. Lockett... 1 19 0 19
Z. Miller 1 10 0 10
M. Robinso... 1 7 0 7
P. Harvin 1 5 0 5
R. Turbin 0 0 0 0
Player stats
Passing: C A Yds TD INT
P. Manning 34 49 280 1 2
Rushing: Car Yds TD LG
K. Moreno 5 17 0 9
C. Anderso... 2 9 0 6
M. Ball 6 1 0 3
P. Manning 1 0 0 0
Receiving: Rec Yds TD LG
D. Thomas 13 118 1 23
W. Welker 8 84 0 22
J. Thomas 4 27 0 11
K. Moreno 3 20 0 7
J. Tamme 2 9 0 11
M. Ball 2 2 0 1
C. Anderso... 1 14 0 14
E. Decker 1 6 0 6
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