Super Bowl 48 is just about to kick off from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as the AFC Champion Denver Broncos will do battle against the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks.
Kickoff is set for today (Sun., Feb. 2, 2014) at 6:30 p.m. ET.
The Broncos got here with a close win over division rival San Diego followed by a thorough lashing of New England while the Seahawks dominated New Orleans before just barely scraping by San Francisco.
It's a great match-up between the number one offense (Denver) and the number one defense (Seattle) with Peyton Manning chasing his second career ring and the Seahawks looking to hoist the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in the team's history.
A live blog with updates from the first quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII is below. Remember to refresh often and enjoy the game!
SUPER BOWL XLVIII FIRST QUARTER PLAY-BY-PLAY, LIVE BLOG:
Seattle won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, giving Denver the ball first.
Trindon Holliday didn't get far on the opening kickoff return.
Denver has the ball on its own 14 yard line.
1st and 10: The first play saw the snap go over Peyton Manning's head into the end zone. It was recovered by Knowshon Moreno and he was touched in the end zone. That's a safety. There was a flag on the play, but it was on the offense and declined.
Denver - 0
Seattle - 2
The ensuing free kick was taken out by Golden Tate to start the Seahawks with great field position.
Seattle ball on their own 36 yard line.
1st and 10: They opened with an inside handoff to Marshawn Lynch that went for three. Denver was swarming to the ball.
2nd and 7: Percy Harvin broke loose on a reverse and had blockers out in front. By the time he was run out of bounds, he had picked up 30 yards.
1st and 10: No play. False start on Seattle. Pushes them back to the Denver 36.
1st and 15: They ran play-action and Russell Wilson had his tight end Zach Miller wide open but he threw too high and the pass fell incomplete.
2nd and 15: From the shotgun, Wilson gunned a quick dart into Jermaine Kearse's chest for six yards.
3rd and 9: They went with an inside slant to Kearse and he picked up 12 for a fresh set of downs. Big conversion on an important drive early. Seattle is now inside the red zone.
1st and 10: Lynch got his second carry off the left side and he ran into a brick wall for a loss of two.
2nd and 12: Wilson kept it on a draw and he was forced out of bounds after a pick up of six or so.
3rd and 6: Wilson wanted an inside slant again but had to scramble out of the pocket. Eventually, he took off with it and picked up five but came up just shy of the marker. Head Coach Pete Carroll will challenge the ball spot and upon replay, he may have a legitimate case. They lost the challenge and therefore a timeout.
4th and 1: No play. False start on Seattle.
4th and 6: From 31 yards out, Stephen Hauschka drilled it for three points.
Denver - 0
Seattle - 5
The ensuing kickoff went out of the back of the end zone. A flag came in for what ended up being a late hit on Seattle. That's a 15 yarder.
Denver ball on their own 35 yard line.
1st and 10: Moreno got his first carry and didn't get far. Just a three yard gain.
2nd and 7: Denver already in the hurry up. Manning found Demaryius Thomas over the middle but he only picked up two yards before taking a big hit.
3rd and 5: From the shotgun, Manning spread 'em out and found Julius Thomas, his tight end, for a gain of three. That's a three-and-out for the juggernaut Broncos' offense.
4th and 2: Denver punted and it was fair caught by Golden Tate.
Seattle ball on their own 27 yard line.
1st and 10: Wilson fired a play-action pass incomplete to Tate off the right side. Ugly throw that was never going to be caught.
2nd and 10: Lynch got it for a third time and he was swarmed up the middle before getting dragged down after a gain of just two.
3rd and 8: Wilson was pressured and scrambled outside the pocket where he found Tate along the sidelines for a first down.
1st and 10: They ran play-action again here, with Wilson finding Michael Robinson out of the backfield for a gain of six. He broke a tackle on the play.
2nd and 4: Inside handoff to Lynch from the shotgun went for no gain.
3rd and 4: Denver blitzed but couldn't get home, and Wilson fired it in to Doug Baldwin for a gain of six and a first down.
1st and 10: A quick bubble screen to Harvin went for five yards.
2nd and 5: They went with a flea flicker but Wilson was under heavy pressure and he had to throw it away.
3rd and 5: Wilson floated one up for Baldwin for a big gain all the way up to the six yard line. Huge play.
1st and Goal: Lynch got it and was stuffed for yet another loss. A flag was thrown and it was holding on Seattle. No play, 10 yard penalty.
1st and Goal: Lynch got an inside handoff from the shotgun again but he couldn't find any room to operate and gained only a yard or so.
2nd and Goal: They threw a screen to Harvin on the left side and he dropped the ball. Because it was close enough to possibly be a lateral instead of a forward pass, Denver Head Coach John Fox chose to challenge that it was a fumble, clearly recovered by the Broncos. The ruling on the field was confirmed as a forward pass and Denver was charged with its first timeout.
3rd and Goal: From the 15, Wilson floated one up into the end zone for Kearse and he nearly made a huge play on the ball but it was knocked out of his hands before he could complete the catch.
4th and Goal: The field goal kick from 33 yards out was good.
Denver - 0
Seattle - 8
The ensuing kickoff hit the upright for a touchback.
Denver ball on their own 20 yard line.
1st and 10: A quick pass to Wes Welker went for five yards over the middle.
2nd and 5: Moreno carried off the left side and picked up a couple before fumbling the ball. Denver managed to fall down on it, though, and it ended up being a loss of two.
3rd and 7: From the shotgun, Manning threw too high for J. Thomas and the ball was intercepted by Kam Chancellor.
Seattle ball on the Denver 37 yard line.
1st and 10: Harvin got the ball on an end around he picked up a first down inside the 25 after 14 yards.
1st and 10: Wilson found Luke Wilson, the rookie tight end for a short gain.
The first quarter is over.