In the battle of the No. 1 offense vs. the No. 1 defense, it's been the defense that's had its way through the first half. The Seattle Seahawks have stymied the Denver Broncos through the first 30 minutes of Super Bowl XLVIII and have built a 22-0 lead.
Peyton Manning had two interceptions -- one of which was returned for a touchdown -- and failed to get into the end zone.
The Broncos offense, which set an NFL record for points scored this season, got off to a rocky start. On the game's first play from scrimmage, center Manny Ramirez snapped the ball high over Manning's head, resulting in a safety.
That was a harbinger of things to come for the Broncos. After Seattle connected on a pair of field goals to go up 8-0, Manning had his first pick of the game. Feeling pressure up the middle, he sailed a pass intended for Julius Thomas that ended up in the arms of Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor.
Seattle capitalized on the turnover, driving down for the game's first touchdown. Marshawn Lynch capped the drive with a 1-yard score to make it 15-0.
After beginning the game with a safety, a three-and-out and an interception, the Broncos finally seemed to be in rhythm midway through the second quarter as they drove down to the Seattle 35-yard line. But on third-and-13, Manning's pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and Malcolm Smith hauled it in and raced 69 yards for a pick-six.
The play marks the 13th pick-six in Super Bowl history -- the previous 12 were all scored by the eventual winner.
Denver moved back downfield late in the first half but stalled on a fourth-down conversion. Facing a fourth-and-2 from Seattle territory, Manning's pass attempt fell short.
Don't count the Broncos out yet, though -- they scored at least 22 points in a half nine times this season, according to Dan Diamond.