Super Bowl XLVIII was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Denver Broncos and National Football Conference (NFC) champion Seattle Seahawks to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2013 season. The Seahawks defeated the Broncos 43–8, the third largest point differential (35) in Super Bowl history, and the largest since Super Bowl XXVII (1993). This became the first Super Bowl victory for the Seahawks and the fifth Super Bowl loss for the Broncos. The game was played on February 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the first Super Bowl played outdoors in a cold-weather city.
For the first time since Super Bowl XLIV (2010), and just the second time in 20 seasons, the number one seed from each conference met in the league championship. The game also featured the league's top offense (Denver) against the top defense (Seattle), the first time this had occurred since Super Bowl XXXVII (2003).
Seattle built a 22–0 halftime lead, and then a 36–0 advantage before allowing Denver's first score on the final play of the third quarter. The Seahawks defense scored a safety on the first play from scrimmage, the quickest score in Super Bowl history. They also became the first team in a Super Bowl to record a safety and touchdowns off both a kickoff return and an interception return. The Broncos were held to almost 30 points below their scoring average. Five-time NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Peyton Manning of Denver threw two interceptions in the first half. Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith, who returned one of those interceptions 69-yards for a touchdown, recovered a fumble and made nine tackles, was named Super Bowl MVP.
The broadcast of Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox was the most watched television program in U.S. history with 111.5 million viewers. The Super Bowl halftime show featuring Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers was the most watched ever with 115.3 million viewers.