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Denver Broncos players are using their point deficit in their Super Bowl loss to Seattle as motivation this season. (AP Photo/Denver Broncos, Eric Lars Bakke)

Broncos using point deficit in Super Bowl loss to Seahawks - 35 - as rally call

The big deficit that made them the losers in last season's Super Bowl has become a strong motivator for the Denver Broncos.

"Whenever somebody gets tired, you just say '35' and they start picking it up again," said Broncos defensive end Malik Jackson in a press conference.

Thirty-five was the point margin between the Broncos and the Seahawks as Seattle defeated Denver 43-8 for the third-largest blowout in Super Bowl history.

"We lost by 35, so that's our motivation," said Jackson.

Seattle's famed 12th Man crossed up the highest-scoring team in history when they took the earliest lead ever in a Super Bowl game. A mere 12 seconds in, Seattle led 2-0 on a safety.

After the safety, Denver's defense forced Seattle to settle for 31- and 33-yard field goals by Steven Hauschka to make it 8-0. Then, the Seahawks began scoring touchdowns.

Marshawn Lynch scored to make it 15-0. Then MVP Malcom Smith picked off a fluttering pass after Cliff Avril hit Manning's arm, returning it 69 yards to make it 22-0 with 3:21 left in the half. Percy Harvin then took the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown and that was that.

Manning couldn't bring the bumbling Broncos back and they were walloped.

"We had a disappointing loss, but that is last season," said Denver's Jackson. "We know we've got to come back strong this year."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jamie Skorheim, MyNorthwest.com Editor
Whether it's floating on Green Lake, eating shrimp tacos at Agua Verde, or taking weekend drives out to the Cascades, she loves to enjoy the Pacific Northwest lifestyle as much as humanly possible.
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