- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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If the Seattle Seahawks' 43-8 rout of the Denver Broncos in Sunday's Super Bowl struck a familiar chord with Baltimore Ravens fans, there's a good reason why. Here are some similarities between the Seahawks' win and the Ravens' domination of the New York Giants in the Super Bowl 13 year ago:
The Seahawks are the second team to score a passing touchdown, a rushing touchdown, an interception return for a touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown in the same Super Bowl, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Ravens were the first to do so in January 2001: Trent Dilfer's 38-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley, Jamal Lewis' 3-yard touchdown run, Duane Starks' 49-yard interception return for a touchdown and Jermaine Lewis' 84-yard touchdown return for a touchdown.
The Seahawks outscored the Broncos in every quarter, becoming the fourth Super Bowl champion to do that. The last was the Ravens in January 2001. The Ravens won every quarter against the New York Giants: 7-0, 3-0, 14-7, 10-0.
The eight points allowed by the Seahawks are the fewest in a Super Bowl since the Ravens held the Giants to seven points in January 2001. Since January 1976, a span of 39 Super Bowls, only one other champion has held a team to under double digits. That was the Los Angeles Raiders in January 1984, when they limited the Washington Redskins to nine points.
Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith became the ninth defensive player to be named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. He is the first linebacker to do this since Ray Lewis received the honor in January 2001. Lewis made five tackles and broke up four passes in the Ravens' Super Bowl win. The only other linebacker to win Super Bowl MVP was Dallas' Chuck Howley in January 1971, when the Cowboys lost to the Baltimore Colts.