Seattle LB Smith earns Super Bowl MVP award

Seattle LB Smith earns Super Bowl MVP award

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MVP Malcolm Smith #53 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after their 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on February 2, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Updated Sunday, Feb 2 at 8:57 PM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception of Peyton Manning 69 yards for a touchdown and later recovered a fumble, earning Super Bowl MVP honors in the Seahawks' 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.

Smith is only the third linebacker in Super Bowl history to earn the award, joining Ray Lewis of Baltimore in 2001, and Chuck Howley of Dallas in 1971.

It was appropriate that a member of Seattle's league-leading "D" would be the MVP, considering the way the Seahawks shut down Manning and Denver's record-breaking offense, forcing four turnovers and holding the Broncos scoreless until the last play of the third quarter.

Smith's pick-6 made it 22-0 late in the first half, and Seattle was on its way.

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