WHAT DID YOU MISS IN 2014?
Three cities participated in the bid to host the 2014 Super Bowl:
• East Rutherford, New Jersey (MetLife Stadium)
• Tampa, Florida (Raymond James Stadium)
• Miami Gardens, Florida (Sun Life Stadium)
Miami Garden’s bid was eliminated in the second round of voting, and a hot contest between Tampa and East Rutherford ensued until East Rutherford eventually took the vote in the fourth round on May 26, 2010, at an NFL owners’ meeting in Texas.
The 2014 Super Bowl was remarkable in that it was the first Super Bowl to be held in an open-air stadium in what was classified as a cold-weather city. Although the weather held off and the spectators stayed dry, the game has since been named the coldest Super Bowl in history, with temperatures at kickoff of around 9 degrees.
The 2014 Super Bowl was played between AFC champions the Denver Bronchos and NFC champions the Seattle Seahawks. The game got off to an exciting start when Seattle scored after just 12 seconds of play, marking the quickest start to the game in Super Bowl history. Shortly after, Denver scored a 31-yard field goal, increasing their lead to 5-0, before Huaschka scored a further 33-yard field goal to make it 8-0. By the end of the first half, the Bronchos had suffered their worse half-time defeat in the season and the largest half-time score deficit in the history of the Super Bowl, with Denver leading 22-0.
The second half didn’t get off to a much better start for the Bronchos. Having increased Seattle’s lead to 29-0 with an 87-yard touchdown at 12 seconds into the half, Jermaine Kearse later successfully evaded four tackles from the Bronchos to hit a 23-yard touchdown and further increase the score to 36-0. Denver recovered a little ground when Demaryuis Thomas scored a 14-yard touchdown in the closing moments of the third quarter, and Welker completed a successful two-point conversion to make the score 36-8. However, Seattle was quick to respond, scoring on a 10-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 43-8.
The last eleven minutes of the game were tightly contested, but the score remained at 43-8 at the end of the game.
Malcolm Smith from the Seattle Seahawks was named the most valuable player.
Final Score: Seattle Seahawks 43 versus Denver Broncos 8
Date: February 2, 2014
Stadium: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
MVP: Malcolm Smith, Linebacker
Favorite: Broncos by 2
Referee: Terry McAulay
Pre-game: Phillip Phillips and The Band Perry
Anthem: Renee Flemming
Coin Toss: Joe Namath, Phil Simms
Half Time: Bruno Mars and The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Before the game, fans were treated to a diverse entertainment program, which included the Syracuse University Marching Band, a rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner performed by opera singer Renee Fleming, a military flyover by the United States Army Black Hawks, and a performance by Queen Latifah.
Bruno Mars was the headline act, performing an array of hits including Billionaire, Runaway Baby, Treasure, and Locked Out of Heaven. He also performed Give it Away alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and sang Just the Way you Are as a Tribute to the United States Armed Forces.
2014 Super Bowl Half-Time Set List
Billionaire (Travie McCoy song)
Locked Out of Heaven
Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers cover with Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Just the Way You Are
The celebs in town for the 2014 Super Bowl in East Rutherford included Brooklyn Decker and Bar Rafaeli at the Leather and Laces Party; Kendrick Lamar and the band Imagine Dragons at the Bud Light Hotel Party; Marc Anthony, Rose Byrne, Erin Andrews, John Legend, Spike Lee, Mary J Blige and Robert DeNiro at the Shape and Men’s Fitness Super Bowl Kickoff Party; and Kendrick Lamar, Magic Johnson, and Spike Lee at the ESPN Super Bowl party.
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