Defence rules in Super Bowl rout

THE Seattle Seahawks showed defence still rules in the Super Bowl as they embarrassed the usually high-scoring Denver Broncos 43-8 on Sunday to win their first NFL championship in franchise history.

The top-ranked Seattle defence shut down the top-rated offence of the Broncos and record-setting quarterback Peyton Manning, creating four turnovers and turning what was expected to be a nail-biter into a Super Bowl 48 rout.

Five previous times the NFL's top-rated defence had faced the league's number one offence, and the defenders were 4-1 in those encounters.

"This is an amazing team," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said at the trophy presentation. "These guys would not take anything but winning this ball game." – Reuters