While women tend to be known for watching the Super Bowl for the commercials, this is for all the ladies who are actually watching the game, and want to get in on the action. First of all, Peyton Manning, the league MVP, and his Denver Broncos are playing against the Seattle Seahawks, lead by quarterback Russell Wilson.
Super Bowl XLVIII (48) is being played at MetLife Stadium, home field for the New York Giants and the New York Jets. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman give the play-by-play, along with Erin Andrews and Pam Oliver, who are reporting along the sidelines. Earlier today Peyton Manning was awarded MVP of the 2013-2014 NFL season. This makes MVP number five for Manning, and shows the leadership abilities of Denver’s offense. Here are other aspects of the game that will be helpful while watching Super Bowl XLVIII.
As the leader of the Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning runs the offense in the quarterback position. He calls for the snap, which means the player bending down over the ball in front of him before the play then hikes the football into Manning’s hands. From there, Peyton, or any other quarterback, surveys the field to see where players are open who can catch a thrown ball. In some plays, instead of a throw, the quarterback hands the ball off to another player, who then runs down the field. Ideally, this process is done quickly and a choice is made before the defense has a chance to break through the offensive line and tackle, or sack, the quarterback.
For the ladies watching the Super Bowl really wanting to learn, the brief rundown provides the basics and facts to know. Continuing on, each hike of the ball, in this case to MVP quarterback, Peyton Manning, signifies a new play. Each team is given four plays, or downs, per possession of the ball. After each set of four plays, and sometimes less than four if a team scores or does not gain enough yardage, the ball turns over and possession goes to the other team. A first down restarts the count, meaning that the team that is in possession of the ball moved forward at least ten yards in a single plan and then gets a new set of four downs. In other words, when Seattle ran the ball for 12 yards, the series of downs went back to one. In that scenario, Seattle then gets another chance to earn points during that set of plays.
The game today began with what is called a safety. The snapped ball, during the first Denver play, went right over Peyton Manning’s head, and since the Denver Broncos recovered the ball, the play was not a turnover. However, Seattle gained two points for the recovery because it happened in the Bronco’s own end zone. The next scoring play was when the Seahawks kicked a successful field goal for three more points, making the score five to zero in favor of Seattle. After several series of plays, the Seattle Seahawks took a significant lead without any answered point from the Denver Broncos.
For ladies, and gentlemen, watching or getting caught up, the score, going into halftime of Super Bowl XLVIII, is Seattle Seahawks 22, Denver Broncos zero. Two quarters down, and two more to go for MVP, Peyton Manning and his team to catch up. Now how about those commercials and the halftime show?
By K. Corrine Van Vliet