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Broncos start Super Bowl XLVIII by giving up a safety to Seahawks

The Seahawks scored a safety 12 seconds into the game, the fastest score in Super Bowl history. The Seahawks scored a safety 12 seconds into the game, the fastest score in Super Bowl history. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It was the third straight Super Bowl in which there was a safety, but most certainly the first time we've seen the NFL's biggest game start out with a two-pointer. (The Patriots incurred a safety on their first drive in Super Bowl XLVI, but that was after a Giants possession.) The Seattle Seahawks won the toss and decided to defer possession, and that turned out to be a wise choice. Because the Denver Broncos took over at the Seattle 14-yard line, and then the ball went flying past Peyton Manning's head on the first play of the game. The ball headed into the end zone, where it was recovered by running back Knowshon Moreno for a safety, giving Seattle a 2-0 lead.

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Denver dodged a bullet on Seattle's corresponding drive, as the Seahawks had to settle for a 31-yard field goal from Steven Hauschka after the Seahawks' drive stalled on 4th-and-5 from the Denver 13-yard line.

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