It has been an avalanche in New Jersey.
The Seahawks defense set the tone with a first-play safety, forced a rare Peyton Manning interception in the first quarter and then took a 22-0 lead with a pick-six interception by Malcolm Smith right as the Denver Broncos were establishing their first real drive of the game.
Cliff Avril, who has been having a great game, rushed into Manning's face and got a piece of his arm as it was going forward. Smith, who made the key interception to end the NFC title game, grabbed the deflected pass and ran it back 69 yards for a back-breaking score.
It was the Broncos' 15th play of the drive, and their first sign of real offensive life.
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