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Seahawks grab early lead in Super Bowl

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Seattle Seahawks dominated the first quarter, but two extended drives stalled inside the Broncos' 10-yard line and Denver limited the damage to two Steven Hauschka field goals after starting Super Bowl XLVIII with a safety.

The Seahawks ended a 13-play, 58-yard drive with a 33-yard field goal with 2:16 left in the first quarter after a 31-yarder ended a nine-play drive on Seattle's opening possession.

On the first drive, the Seahawks challenged the spot of a third-down run by quarterback Russell Wilson, and coach Pete Carroll opted not to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the 9 when the ball was placed inches shy of the first down after the replay review.

Late in the first quarter, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was intercepted by strong safety Kam Chancellor, who snagged a pass floating over the head of tight end Julius Thomas at the Broncos' 37. Denver's seven offensive snaps in the quarter resulted in a safety, an interception and 11 total yards.

Seattle kicked off and scored on the first snap of the game from Broncos center Manny Ramirez at Denver's 14-yard line. The ball sailed over Manning's right shoulder and was recovered by Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno in the end zone for a safety. The score was the fastest in NFL history -- 12 seconds into the game.

NOTES: Officially, the temperature at game time was 49 degrees. Super Bowl VI at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans -- the site was changed with Superdome construction behind schedule -- remains the coldest kickoff temperature for a Super Bowl. It was 39 degrees for that game in 1972. Super Bowl XLIX will be played in February 2015 in Glendale, Ariz., where the temperature was 65 at 5:30 p.m. ET Sunday. ... Denver's Peyton Manning became the third starting quarterback in Super Bowl history to lead two different teams to the game, joining Craig Morton (Broncos and Dallas Cowboys) and Kurt Warner (St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals). Manning reached two Super Bowls with the Indianapolis Colts. ... Broncos CB Quentin Jammer was a surprise inactive, replaced on the active roster by CB Marquice Cole, who was signed three weeks ago when CB Chris Harris suffered a torn ACL. ... Broncos backup DT Sione Fua (calf) was the lone player to miss practice due to injury this week and was inactive. ... Among the Seahawks' inactives were TE Kellen Davis, OL Michael Bowie and DT Jordan Hill. ... Super Bowl winners Joe Namath (New York Jets) and Phil Simms (New York Giants) served as honorary game captains. Namath was outfitted in a full-length fur coat.
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