IN PHOTOS: Seattle Seahawks clinch Super Bowl XLVIII title
The Seattle Seahawks' dominant defensive stance led them to their first NFL championship

MANILA, Philippines – In the battle between the National Football League’s best offensive team and the top defensive team, it was once again affirmed that defense wins championships.

The Seattle Seahawks, a team known for its clamp-down defense, clobbered the Denver Broncos, the league’s offensive juggernaut, 43-8, in the Super Bowl XLVIII at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. to clinch their first ever NFL championship. It’s also the first time that Seattle has captured a title from one of the major sports leagues in the US. The last time they won a major title was in 1979 when the Seattle Super Sonics took home the NBA title.

Seattle’s defense was suffocating as they freezed out the Peyton Manning-led Broncos and held them scoreless all the way until the end of the third quarter. By which time, catching up became virtually impossible for Denver as they had no answer to the Seahawks all throughout the game.

Relive the Seahawks’ dominant defensive stance that led to a historic championship through these photos.

All photos from EPA.

CHAMPIONS. The Seattle Seahawks celebrate one of many touchdowns in Super Bowl XLVIII, where they defeated the Denver Broncos. Photo by Jason Szenes/EPA

ACTION-PACKED. Despite the lopsided win, Super Bowl XLVIII was filled with action. Seen here is Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (bottom) recovering the football for a safety as Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril (top) runs into the action. Photo by Tannen Maury/EPA

FESTIVE HALFTIME. Bruno Mars turned up the energy at halftime with a splendid and energetic performance. Photo by Tannen Maury/EPA

RED HOT SHOW. Bruno Mars wasn't alone in entertaining the world during the halftime show. He rocked with the Red Hot Chili Peppers to pump up the crowd some more. Photo by Tannen Maury/EPA

EXPLOSIVE. The explosive halftime performance was capped off by a beautiful fireworks display emanating from all around the stadium. Photo by Erik S. Lesser/EPA

GATORADE BATH. As is tradition with almost any sport around the world, the winning coach is drenched with the popular sports drink. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had his own Gatorade bath towards the end of the game. Photo by Paul Buck/EPA

MVP. Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith is the Super Bowl XLVIII Most Valuable Player. Photo by Paul Buck/EPA

COACH TO REMEMBER. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll will be remembered as the coach who brought back glory to Seattle. The Vince Lombardi trophy is a symbol of their triumph. Photo by Paul Buck/EPA



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